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Old 1st October 2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Best PCB Design Software for £1K

I'm after some advice for a friend (seriously!). He needs some reasonable PCB design software with schematic to PCB connectivity, he doesn't need auto-routing. DXF output of the PCB would be good. User friendliness is important, as he needs to get up to speed fairly quickly. Up to £1000 is possible. Any suggestions appreciated.
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I did some layout in Eagle from CADsoft some years ago. It seems quite user friendly, and there are tons of tutorials online.

It does have limitations comapred to systems like Protel/Altium, Mentor Graphic and so. But again... these are totally out of range (price) and not that user friendly.

http://www.cadsoftusa.com/prices.htm

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What is the technology/complexity that is going to be designed.
Ie SMD, number of components/pads, number of connections, size of boards etc.
Preferable output for having boards manufactured would be RS-274X (extended Gerber) or second RS-274 (basic gerber).
I would second Eagle as probably the only one thats gonna come near on price range though
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Mostly through hole technology, although SMD might be used. Board size up to 400x200mm ish! Easy PC any good?
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http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/sprint-layout.html

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Old 1st October 2009, 12:16 PM   #6
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Hi.

I use Easy PC at work and have no troubles with it, but i have limited experience to compare it to anything else. If you are going to do a lot of SMD the optional SMD library saves a lot of time. The standard (included) auto router is not much cop though.

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How often are you gonna use this?? Only once?? Then you might consider asking one of us to do it for you
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This should also be OK: http://www.freepcb.com/

And it's totally free!!
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http://iut-tice.ujf-grenoble.fr/kicad/
free, opensource, multiplatform.

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http://iut-tice.ujf-grenoble.fr/kicad/
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