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Old 14th August 2014, 11:44 PM   #11
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thank you guys. trying eagle right now. seems a bit harder to get usde than proteus but im adapting
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Old 18th August 2014, 05:46 AM   #12
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There are a variety of softwares. DipTrace, Eagle, Altium, etc. etc. etc.

I like DipTrace because it is intuitive and easy to use. Plus its super simple to make your own parts. One guy on another forum mentioned he made a 320 pin BGA part in about 5min. That being said, it isn't quite as powerful as Eagle (nor has the community support) but it makes up for it in intuitiveness. It also has a free non-profit version for trial. It might not have the parts libraries you want but you can make them quickly and easily. I often don't even bother looking for parts libraries anymore. I just throw it together in less time than it usually takes to find a good part library.

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Old 26th August 2014, 11:46 AM   #13
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Upverter is a possibility:


https://upverter.com/
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Old 26th August 2014, 01:07 PM   #14
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Default Pulsonix ....

I have spent some time doing a project in Pulsonix. It is not the most famous, but it does have a very easy to use interface (old office like) easy tools for making your own parts and libraries, supports industry standards etc. It has a demo so check it out.
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Old 29th August 2014, 09:01 PM   #15
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so far I like DIPtrace for schematics. very easy to use. can't figure out how to have components values show up next to each component tho..
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Old 29th August 2014, 10:14 PM   #16
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not too much of a deal actualy. but to have that option would be a great starting point when converting to pcb.
under $1000
I have seen CAD packages that do that for less than 20 !
Its amazing what is free now.
There is quite a bit of good stuff for less than 100.
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Old 3rd September 2014, 05:37 PM   #17
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looking to buy one program, or 2 if one is better at one purpose and one at the other.

back in college used multisim, which i disliked because making connections on from one wire to the other wasnt very easy, it was mostly conecting from a node or a point to a wire. thats pretty much the only program im familiar with thats all.

i need a software that:

1) has a library of most ICs fro amplifier, and fm/am circuits like tda7088, tda2030 etc. or can import ICs, (if they are available online, and if there alot of them available online to be imported)

2) Simulation/spice is not too important but if it has it thats a plus.

3) automatically make pcb layout from a schematic

4) generate gerber file

5) doesnt take a long time to learn how to use it


if theres no all-in-one program, tham i'd be happy to buy 2 or even 3, as long if its easy to transfer the files between them
Have a look at the TINA design program from Texas Instruments / Design Soft. I own this for circuit simulation and I love it. I think the interface is very intuitive and user friendly and there are many parts (e.g. ICs) included. You can import netlists to create new parts. It also has a built in PCB designer, but I have never used it. There is also an online / cloud version but I have also not used it either.

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Old 3rd September 2014, 08:46 PM   #18
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DIPtrace is nice.

regarding your question, there are probably several ways. here is one:
as an example, i want to show a value for R33.
in schematic, left-click on component R33.
you'll see a part info screen in the upper right screen.
change the circled "Marking 2" selection from "Default" to "Value".

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so far I like DIPtrace for schematics. very easy to use. can't figure out how to have components values show up next to each component tho..
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DIPtrace is nice.

regarding your question, there are probably several ways. here is one:
as an example, i want to show a value for R33.
in schematic, left-click on component R33.
you'll see a part info screen in the upper right screen.
change the circled "Marking 2" selection from "Default" to "Value".

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I was just about to make this post. You did a much better job. Excellent post.

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Old 3rd September 2014, 09:03 PM   #20
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I have seen CAD packages that do that for less than 20 !
Its amazing what is free now.
There is quite a bit of good stuff for less than 100.
Can you list a few programs that you know about, with likes and dislikes? I'm looking for a new program, primarily for layout.
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