Recommended PCB design s/w?

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Recommended PCB design s/w?

Post by MJllc » Sun Jul 04, 2004 6:27 am

Hi all,

Can anyone recommend some PCB design software? (Of course, the ideal pie-in-the-sky thing would be free and 100% functional).. I'm using AutoCad to do line-by-line drawing and it's a pian.. Just curious if anyone has had good luck with a free one.


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Post by SeanW » Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:58 am

Eagle ( is great, it has a lot of PIC parts, an autorouter, and is supported in the community. It's a commercial product, the free version lets you work on boards under a certain size (3"x5" comes to mind).


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Post by sparky » Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:18 am

Altium Protel DXP all the way baby. It's $8k :shock: but there is nothing more powerful.

Also, Tsvetan at Olimex has put together a tremendous list of PCB software here:



LT SwitcherCAD III schematic capture and simulation

Post by Marco » Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:19 pm

Hi Jeff,

If you want to do simulation of analog circuits, OR to just have a program to draw production-quality schematics, LT SwitcherCAD is VERY good.

Best of all: it is completely FREE, easy to use, and unlimited. You can download it from Linear Technology's website (

- Marco

PS: no I don't have LT shares ;-)

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