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williamkeehn

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EDA software, PCB design
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:11:06 PM »
Hey everybody.  I'm curious about what software everybody uses or recommends for PCB schematic capture.


I originally was thinking about OrCAD or Eagle, but I don't like the limitations of the free versions and the price tag is just too high for me.


I saw DesignSpark PCB, released by Allied Electronics and RS.  It seems very capable with no limitations, and it's free.  It has a huge parts library and is linked to Allied for generation of BOM and pricing.  You don't have to order from them but they make it easy.  It also easily imports Eagle schematics and libraries, which seems pretty nice.
http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/page/designspark-pcb-home-page


Any experience with this software?


I'm also wondering who you all like for a quick turn PCB vendor for say a 4 layer board?






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Re: EDA software, PCB design
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 01:35:13 PM »
As far as software is concerned, I've been toying around with the FOSS KiCAD software package for PCB/Schematics. I have not produced from this yet, but it is quite powerful.

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Re: EDA software, PCB design
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 01:49:32 PM »
I spent last night learning to use Eagle.  It's not bad.  Some things feel clumsy though.  Mostly with PCB auto routing. The lite version may be all I need. Really like the design link feature.  I might need to make some of my own components though.