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Old 17th August 2015, 03:38 PM   #1
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Hi,

I need to learn how to design my own PCB's via one of the shareware packages. Having become familiar with LTSpice I would ideally like to be able to import designs into the package. Is this possible to do this with KiCad for example?
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Old 21st August 2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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Old 21st August 2015, 01:52 PM   #3
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Hi fasterbyelan,

Can't say much about the KiCad. Tried it but dropped for some reason. Now I use the Eagle CAD. It appeared easy to learn and use. It has free licence for hobby use.

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Old 21st August 2015, 02:27 PM   #4
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Most packages at some stage use an intermediate file called a netlist (.net) to transfer schematic to layout. This will be a text file, usually using a fairly standard format. With a bit of editing in a text editor, maybe using a few macros, you should be able to translate and transfer between most softwares.
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counter culture gave some useful hints. also, you can do a search and find that andy_c, who used to post to this site, posted some info on how to use LT Spice as schematic capture "front end" for the layout program FreePCB.
FreePCB is a decent enough program.

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Thanks for the info/replies

I have the use of KiCad at work hence the preference for that software. However, as I am not familiar with it there is no advantage to be had so I will give FreePCB a go and search the site for relevant info as suggested

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For info andy_c's thread on the DIYHiFi.org forum -

DIYHiFi.org • View topic - Howto: Use LTSpice as schematic capture for FreePCB
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Old 25th August 2015, 06:13 AM   #8
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This is a similar version of the above but in a single doc, probably easier to work with -

Using LTspice With FreePCB
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Please see this thread also!
Lt-FreePcb : LTSpice and FreePcb working together
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