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Old 21st February 2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default PCB layout software recomendations...

I'm looking for a free, relatively simple PCB layout program to play with..
I'm not planing anything fancy,,, just thought I'd try the toner method to etch some amp and PS boards..

Any recommendations would be appreciated as I've had minimal luck trying to find something that suits well...

Thanks in advance...
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Old 21st February 2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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i use eagle, the hobby version is free and its pretty good. Quite alot of ppl on the forums ues it.
the graphical image output is a .PNG file which opens in most printing software, but be aware of size changes when opening.


one tip, i always include a square or something you can measure,do a test print and check the size before you print to preess n peel or photo paper.

try pcb pool aswell, they do a free download although yuo need to register and i cant remember what its image output is.

hope that gives you a start, steve.
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Old 22nd February 2009, 02:21 AM   #3
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I like TinyCAD and FreePCB from Sourceforge. They're a little odd until you get used to them, but I can't stand the bugs and limitations of most other software, even the more expensive commercial stuff. Also download a copy of the Pentalogix Viewmate gerber viewer. That will help you with a lot of checking and printing tasks. I've had great success using the toner method, but now I'm too lazy and just send the darn things out to one of the inexpensive quick turn places.
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Old 22nd February 2009, 07:17 AM   #4
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I've tried various schematic/layout programs, including Eagle, but must admit, that learning is not that easy anymore. Maybe because i'm in the process of changing hair color
Then i stumbled upon Diptrace. The free version is more than enough for me, with 250 pins limit. It has been relatively easy for me to use without, without too big headache.

Have fun
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Old 22nd February 2009, 09:02 AM   #5
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thats a good free program, fully featured and easy to use!

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Old 22nd February 2009, 09:04 AM   #6
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Sorry conrad just read your post!
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Old 22nd February 2009, 03:06 PM   #7
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Good Stuff!

Now to begin the learning process.

Thanks for the replies!!
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Old 22nd February 2009, 08:45 PM   #8
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Default pcb design software

Try Sprint-Layout!
Cheap (40EUR), simple, effective. The best unprofessional PCB software on the market!
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Old 22nd February 2009, 10:05 PM   #9
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There is a sub 20 package on ebay called PCBCAD30.

It has all sorts of extras you wouldnt expect for 20 like Gerber viewer and 3D PCB viewer.
Murton-Pike Systems PCBCAD51 pcb design software. http://www.murtonpikesystems.co.uk
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My Circuit2000 crashed this morning and I have lost my user library. All of it. Of course, it's my fault for not backing I up.

I tool a look at Sprintlayout from Abacom, but it does not seem to have net list support. Anyone know if this is the case or not?
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