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Old 5th January 2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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I'm looking for some good PCB design software.

What are people using?

What's the best/cheapest/most popular out there?

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Old 5th January 2005, 11:00 PM   #2
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Eagle Light is pretty popular Freeware from www.cadsoft.de


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Old 6th January 2005, 11:19 AM   #3
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I use Protel - very powerful but definately NOT the cheapest !! Eagle seemed a little user unfriendly to me, and looked strange on schematics.

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Old 7th January 2005, 02:00 AM   #4
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I used the free one from http://www.expresspcb.com/

I had some problem with the Eagle where it wouldnt let me load my file after saving it... :/
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Old 7th January 2005, 02:25 AM   #5
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I agree the Express PCB stuff is easier to use, but it doesn;t seem to want to let me print my PCB images without a grey/grid background, making them pretty useless for photo transfer. I assume this is because it's really a tool to get you to use them for producing the boards. Unless I'm missing something...

I also have tried PCB123, which also seems pretty good.
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Old 7th January 2005, 04:24 AM   #6
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Take a look at Sprint-Layout 4.0 here: http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/

It may not be as powerfull as other commercial software, but I find it easy to use and not too expensive. Give the demo version a try.

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I agree the Express PCB stuff is easier to use, but it doesn;t seem to want to let me print my PCB images without a grey/grid background, making them pretty useless for photo transfer. I assume this is because it's really a tool to get you to use them for producing the boards. Unless I'm missing something...

I also have tried PCB123, which also seems pretty good.
What I did was turn off grid, background, silk screen, etc. and took a screenshot (Prt Scrn button).

Then pasted it into photoshop and used Print Preview to size it exactly to the board size. Came out well, but I guess thats a bit of a hassle.

They just want to make it so you buy the boards off them, not DIY
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if you are really tight-fisted and have a lot of time you can use MSPaint -- it can be made to work. The US magazine "Nuts N Volts" had a series of articles on how to implement MSPaint to do PCBs a couple years ago...you get the point.

i would start with Eagle -- note that there are a couple of use-net support groups for eagle and the answers from their techs are very prompt.

i have both the full blown version of Eagle and the full blown version of Ultiboard -- for no other than the human condition of laziness I wind up sending the stuff which goes to production from Ultiboard7.
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Not a recent software....but have you tried Traxmaker (Circuitmaker) ?
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