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Old 13th October 2005, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default pcb software

Hi,
a question: is there on the market any software for pcb design that is similar to Tango software?

I am using Tango for years and it is good for me- easy with no parts by name but byhousing (TO3, TO220 and so on). The problem is that it doesn't work with XinXP so I must have another computer running on win98 and this is not very nice for me.
I would like to find simple, nice software for one or two layouts that use TO220, TO3 (housing) to put components and not names like 2n3055 if You know what I mean.
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Have you tested to run the program in "compatible mode"?
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Dear P-A
I didn't - I think (it has been a year or two since I have tried to run Tango on XP). Please explain how can I do that if it is not to much to ask?!

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Old 13th October 2005, 08:23 AM   #4
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Locate the program, the XXX.exe file

Mark it and right-click, choose properties (may it be called, at the bottom of the menu)

Choose the tag "Compability"

Check "compability mode"

The choose from pop-up menu appropiate mode.

Note that I'm using swedish XP so I'm only guessing what it can be called in english.
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thnx- never mind about that - i will try every mode if i have to .... also i will let You know if that worked.... i like the program and it would be the shame if I loose it.... i don't like working on two computers in paralel this will save me room and make my hobby easier :::::> thnx
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it didn't work that way..... back to the old drawing board and my first question in the first post of this thread
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Old 14th October 2005, 09:25 AM   #8
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Go Eagle

PRO:
- Very powerful and its files are accepted by most of PCB manufacturers
- There is a free version, although with some size limitations

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- GUI is user-unfriendly and not intuitive at all
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Hi !
if your Tango works in dos mode you can use DosBox

its a great soft...
easy/autotrax works just fine on XP.
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I tried Eagle (found it extremely frustrating) and went back to Express PCB. Note that I don't actually use it for doing pcb artwork but for working out layouts on verro board. I love that I can use express SCH to do the schematic and link it to express pcb and see what should connect to what, simplifies designing with vero board considerably!

The problem that I see with Express PCB is that if you are planning on making your own PCB's you can't export the actual copper layer to a bmp as far as I can tell you can only do a screen dump. I think this could be a pain when trying to print it at the actual size required for the final pcb.... am I missing something here??

Seems like they have made the program so you have to use their PCB making service, which is a perfectly reasonable business decision by them

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