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Recommended PCB design s/w?
Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 6:27 am
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.
Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 5:58 am
Eagle (cadsoft.de) 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).
Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:18 am
Altium Protel DXP all the way baby. It's $8k
but there is nothing more powerful.
Also, Tsvetan at Olimex has put together a tremendous list of PCB software here: http://www.olimex.com/pcb/dtools.html
LT SwitcherCAD III schematic capture and simulation
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:19 pm
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 (http://www.linear.com/company/software.jsp
PS: no I don't have LT shares