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Old 10th December 2006, 03:20 PM   #1
speakerguy79 is offline speakerguy79  United States
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Yes, I searched, but I must be bad at searching because I didn't find a whole lot.

I am looking for a schematic/layout/autorouter suite. We use Mentor Graphics PADS (Logic, PowerPCB, Blaze Router) at work, and my boss has actually encouraged me to do my hobby stuff after hours/on weekends on the work computers to learn/practice since I am new, but sitting up at work doesn't exactly seem like hobby time.

I like PADS, but I don't know what it costs. Also, I am open to other alternatives. I like that it is easy to create my own parts in PADS and it was pretty easy to learn, but I hear that Protel is regarded as the more common/professional package? Also I see a lot of people like Eagle.

What's the best out there? Cost isn't a big factor, but if you know pricing please post it.
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Old 10th December 2006, 03:34 PM   #2
ingrast is offline ingrast  Uruguay
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Eagle is both easy and powerful, the light edition limits size and parts count but this usually is not a issue for small projects.

Being free, price can hardly be beaten.

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Old 10th December 2006, 04:15 PM   #3
Nico Ras is offline Nico Ras  South Africa
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There are very nice packages on the market CADSTAR 9 is available at http://www.cadstarworld.com/products.asp

A lees expensive package yet still very good and I use it at home is EasyPC http://www.numberone.com/index.asp
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Old 10th December 2006, 07:32 PM   #4
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i use tinycad for schematic entry and Freepcb

lately i started using the gEDA toolsuite on my linux box
This includes schematic entry (gschem), spice and layout (PCB) and much more.


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