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Old 23rd October 2002, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default What's the best shareware for PCB's?

I have been checking out some sites and can't seem to find a decent easy to use PCB application software. I'm using Design Works Pro for my schematic drawing and would like to turn it into a PCB design. Or am I better off using Word to manualy produce PCB's?

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Old 23rd October 2002, 12:56 PM   #2
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Old 23rd October 2002, 01:05 PM   #3
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Default I BOUGHT it and then they made it freeware.

I paid $AUD395 for Easytrax in 1989 I liked it that much. Now you can find it everywhere as legitimate freeware. No schematic entry though. And is a DOS app. Plain but honest. 4 stars.

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Old 23rd October 2002, 01:18 PM   #4
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Personnaly I use PCAD 2000.
You can find evaluation of it on Pcad.com .
It provide schematic edition and transfer to PCB by netlist.
You have to rout it manually but you can find some autrouteur who working on it.
I've learn in school to make PCB on PCAD. Theay have bought the licence for the extra Specctra PCD routeur. Work very fine. I finalise a PCB for a complete meteorologic station lead by a 68hc11 (very dense circuit).

For the price ? Hum, you know I'm student soooo... If I had it at home... huuuu.... don't ask me more question. But you can find ways to get it.... as you wish.... but I've said nothing.

And if you want to share your PCB files, your friends can download the free PCb and Schematic viewer.
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Old 23rd October 2002, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! Just loaded Eagle...cool program. Can't wait to play with it some more.

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Old 23rd October 2002, 02:03 PM   #6
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Traxmaker is an oldie but a goodie. It is only PCB drawing however. If you search on the web you will find it.

The newer version is called Circuitmaker and it includes a PCB drawing program. Not free.
It's only audio. Member of the non modular PCB design committee
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