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seanvn 22nd August 2012 02:47 AM

Simple PCB design software
Normally I use MS Paint and IrfanView to design PCB's. I use IrfanView to change the .bmp image file to 50DPI and also to print out the result at true scale.
I have just found some software to design PCB's that looks easy to use (in contrast to the extremely complex professional products).
Suigyodo online
If and when I design another PCB maybe I'll give it a try

CharlieLaub 23rd August 2012 03:17 PM

I am a novice pcb designer, but have been using Target3001! to design a couple of boards. I was able to learn the software quickly, and I like it alot. It includes a couple of different auto routers.

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nigelwright7557 23rd August 2012 10:20 PM

PCBCAD software varies from free to tens of thousands of pounds.

Clearly simple pcb's can be done using picture drawing software.
Larger pcb's really need something with lots of error checking.
Nothing worse than getting a pcb that doesnt work only to find a silly mistake.

masnsn 1st September 2012 05:52 PM

I Would recommend Eagle PCB designer from Cadsoft

Download - Get the latest Version of EAGLE PCB Design Software

And here is my tutorials serie about eagle to help you quick start

1. eagle intro.mp4 - YouTube

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mincior 1st September 2012 07:32 PM

A very beginner Sprint Layout 50 tutor is presented at : PCB for beginners | Electronic City

richie00boy 1st September 2012 07:55 PM

I cannot recommend Sprint-Layout highly enough. You can be designing a PCB in minutes, so easy to use and simple and sensible design. Very cheap as well.


diarav 5th September 2012 05:15 AM

I recommend Eagle PCB. I have been using it succesfully for the last 5 years for my small projects. I found the Eagle component database good.
Of course I do add some additional editing/patch-up on the PCB layout using MSPaint. There have been instances where I have created two separate PCBs on Eagle and joined them as one using MSPaint.

arlabstech 24th September 2012 08:30 AM


There are many pcb design softwares, at professional level you can use ORCAD, Mentorgraphics PADS but they all come with pricetags as they are paid softwares.

For freewares you can use ExpressPCB, PCB123, FreePCB, smartdraw. They are easy to use as well as freewares.


Tom88 12th November 2012 09:51 PM

I recommend CADSOFT's EAGLE, too.
In the last couple of years I was searching for the right interface to use, and since I discovered Eagle, I never switched again.
If you need some help, training or Tutorials, you can go and learn how to use PCB Software , that was also very helpful for me.

jcx 13th November 2012 09:23 PM

I encourage people new to electronics to learn point-to-point prototyping techniques - many industry test fixtures on production lines are built this way, expected to be "permanent" solutions where only 1-2 copies of the circuit is needed

Pease' “air ball”, works at low frequency – some audio, can find beautiful pics of Gain Clones with parts secured to the chip's leads in the air, perf boards, gnd plane “dead bug”, “surf board”...

go to pcb if you need more channels/boards have high parts count or want to become a pcb fab hobbyist

there are lots of threads - but as long as we're redoing the list - KiCad is one of the free/open versions with fairly active development

but I tried it years ago, found Eagle quicker to learn, Eagle had usably comprehensive libraries

this was also before KiCad wrote the model import tool

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