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Old 5th May 2004, 12:39 AM   #1
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Just thought I would pass this along:

Cadsoft has announced a beta version Eagle that runs on Mac OS 10.3 with X11. You may check news://news.cadsoft.de/eagle.betatest for further info. I believe the announcement was on 3 May.

I use Eagle at work (Windows version) and find it to be a capable PCB program for a reasonable price. I have the Professional version of Schematic and Layout, but no autorouter (I do power electronics), and overall am satisfied. I don't do a lot of PCB cad, and found that once I went through the tutorial completely, I was able to use Eagle.

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I have not yet tried to run it, since I don't have 10.3 yet, and I have a gazillion other things to do right now.

Remember that it is a beta version. Help Cadsoft make a good product out of it.

I suspect it is not very Mac-like. If that is the case, deal with it ;0.

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Old 6th May 2004, 07:45 PM   #2
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This is an interesting thing to hear. I am also somewhat satisfied with Eagle, but still not 100% (until I can figure out how to force some damned holes in my PCB patterns for hand-drilling!!).

The way I've been using it on my Mac thus far has been through 'ssh -X'ing my way into a linux box and just using Mac's X implementation to go from there.

I would imagine this version would be 100% the same as my current experience, minus the extra step of scp'ing the files from the linux box for printing. :P

I will definitely give it a try tonight, though, and see how well it works in practice. I sure hope they ditch X11 in favour of Aqua in the near future... Anti-aliased text/lines are so very nice.

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Old 6th May 2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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Is there a link to download the beta?? I'm not set up for newsgroups and couldn't find a link on their site.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 7th May 2004, 01:18 AM   #4
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It's on their ftp site at ftp.cadsoft.de in the pub/betatest (or betatester) directory. Snoop around and you'll find it.

I think the suffix on the mac betas is m11 or something like that.

I mucked around with it and it's just the same as running on my Linux box, if not slightly slower/faster in parts.

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Old 7th May 2004, 07:30 AM   #5
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Just thought I would pass this along:

Cadsoft has announced a beta version Eagle that runs on Mac OS 10.3 with X11. You may check news://news.cadsoft.de/eagle.betatest for further info. I believe the announcement was on 3 May.
Interesting news because pcb cad at Mac is desert

I'll hope they can port the software successfully.
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Old 7th May 2004, 11:35 AM   #6
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Well if you're adventurous, gEDA and pcb work fine on MacOS X with X11. I've played around with a recent copy of gschem and pcb, and they're not bad if you're willing to jump through a few hoops.

The Ronja project (GPLed optical network link) was done entirely with gschem and pcb for the board work. You can find some details here: http://archives.seul.org/geda/user/A.../msg00109.html.

I think that the inclusion of X11 on the Mac has opened up a lot of doors for people to port stuff over, but X11 still has a few bugs on Panther that need to be cleaned up. :P

There is also some native PCB software such as "Osmond PCB" and DesignWorks Pro by Capilano Computing. I've tried both of them out, and even though Osmond is in a beta stage it's a little easier to use in my opinion (even though it lacks schematic drawing!).

I guess there's a wide open market on the Mac for PCB CAD software, and Cadsoft might be able to clean up or at least open the floodgates for more people to port.

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This is good news, I have been struggling with MacCad EdS for ages, after giving up with Osmond due to the really annoying fact that you can only connect 3 traces to one point, (have they never heard of star grounding?).

Now all I need to do is get Panther!
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