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Old 6th February 2014, 06:57 PM   #31
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I remember the very early EasyPC CAD software as I bought a copy.
It had a few bugs and quite a few missing vital functions so I sat down and wrote my own CAD software. It used the same key presses as EasyPC.
That's was in around 1990.
I am still writing that software ! the task is never ending as there is always another function you could use.
Good old Maplin sold quite a few copies for me until Windows 95 came in and my DOS software became redundant.
Hey Nigel,

That's interesting. Did you update the software to work on Windows ?
Are you still selling it ?
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Old 6th February 2014, 07:49 PM   #32
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An outstanding free software suite is the gEDA. It have every thing you can dream about, all is free and unlimited, and it is becoming better and better.

For the shematic, gschem is as good than Cadence, and very easy to learn.

For the layout, pcb is a great software. Maybe not the easiest, but very powerfull. And it have a windows port.
Looks somewhat similar to KiCAD and I like KiCAD A lot.
Is gEDA better than KiCAD?
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Old 6th February 2014, 08:12 PM   #33
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Hey Nigel,

That's interesting. Did you update the software to work on Windows ?
Are you still selling it ?
It was updated from DOS to Delphi in 2000.
Then in 2008 it was updated to C#.

Just click on my murtonpikesystems link if you want to see the demo version.
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Old 7th February 2014, 06:29 AM   #34
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I have found once you get above a certain level of software for ECAD, they all operate pretty much the same, as schematic capture and PCB layout is the same whatever package you use.
As Nigel has stressed, DRC functions in the software are one of the main features to look for, autoplacement and autorouting functions are a complete waste of time.
The ability to manage part, symbol and footprint libraries is also a critical feature.
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Old 7th February 2014, 11:16 PM   #35
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I have found once you get above a certain level of software for ECAD, they all operate pretty much the same, as schematic capture and PCB layout is the same whatever package you use.
The functionality is quite comparable but the methods of doing it are different. There's always a learning curve when you move from one to another.

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As Nigel has stressed, DRC functions in the software are one of the main features to look for, autoplacement and autorouting functions are a complete waste of time.
DEFINITELY agree!

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The ability to manage part, symbol and footprint libraries is also a critical feature.
In my experience, "library work" probably averages 25% of a project's man-hours, and it's not uncommon to be 50%.

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Old 8th February 2014, 07:45 AM   #36
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Yes, with no software and experience you know what you w2ant to do, its just getting use to the interface and trying to find the tools, when I did a stint with Cadence Allegro it was 3 months before I felt comfortable with the tool. Even worse, the package I use is moving to Ribbon Menus, had a play with the beta version, not a happy bunny there is NO classic view button, so I will have a learning curve to navigate the software.
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