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Old 6th November 2015, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have been using 'PCB Wizard' PCB layout software for a while now, but it does not support surface mount components, and has not been updated for over 6 years. Furthermore, their customer support has degraded from being atrociously poor to non-existent. They refuse to even reply to emails now.

So I am now seeking alternatives and recommendations.

My main requirement is that it is easy and intuitive to use, so simple click and drag for both components and tracks without lots of tedious invoking menus, and easy zoom/pan using the mouse. If it ran on a Mac, that would be a bonus, but not essential. It doesn't need to be free either.
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Old 6th November 2015, 02:50 PM   #2
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KiCad or DipTrace are my favorite. A lot of people like Altium too. Don't touch Ultiboard or Eagle, I don't find them productive at all.
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Old 6th November 2015, 02:55 PM   #3
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I have a paperback book for EagleCAD. If not for that I'd never get anywhere. It's a very "1980s" interface, like most CAD.
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Old 6th November 2015, 03:26 PM   #4
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... for the simplicity Cadsoft EAGLE (or Farnell?) definitively (and I know ALL PCB layout tools).

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Old 6th November 2015, 03:59 PM   #5
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Yes, Eagle is very traditional and does its thing quite good. The feeling is as with PADS . But it is quite easy to work with after one have gone through the steps atleast one time - create symbol, create footprint and make a device, use the device in schema and make a layout, run the checks and fix whatever is wrong, export to gerber or whatever, get boards and solder, enjoy .

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Old 7th November 2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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Perhaps the need for a simple EAGLE Tutorial? Sure, with LTSpice and Sketchup integration.
Finally, the libraries quality is the decision factor!
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I use DipTrace . Good interface and export Gerber without problems !!!

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Old 12th November 2015, 08:19 PM   #8
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I'm a diptrace fan myself as well.

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Old 12th November 2015, 08:27 PM   #10
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One good thing with learning onseself to use Eagle or any of the big eCad prgrams is that they are pretty much alike. Learn one and it is much easier to dig into any of them. The workprocess is the same in any of them. Using the webb based quick ones doesn't give one the depth of knowledge in my view. But as always - to everyone as they prefer.

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