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Merlin
29th January 2012, 18:30
I must admit that I have found Cadsoft Eagle to be the most counter-intuitive product I have ever used. I have used some pretty darn user-unfriendly software before, but nothing matches Eagle for sheer hours of I-want-to-head-butt-the-wall frustration. I do consider myself somewhat Vulcan and logical, however, Eagle just does my head in completely and I don't think I am alone in my experience. I just can't face trying to figure out Eagle any more, it's draining my will to live...:blink:

I have tried PCB Wizard Pro and am still getting to grips with it. I was wondering what some of the other PCB project designers on here use and what are their experiences with the products. There are lots of them out there and I think that shared experiences would be good and might help everyone on here who tinkers with PCB design.

I'm looking for software that outputs Gerber files, is easy to use and incorporates autorouting.

If we find a really good one that's free, we could even hold circuit design classes on here, as lots of people using the same software would allow for this.

Here's one I found (http://fritzing.org/) but I am sure that there will be others out there.

So, over to you for your comments.

Simon_G
29th January 2012, 20:01
Looking for something similar so will be interested to hear others views on this.

rkauer
30th January 2012, 04:52
EasyPCB is a very intuitive program and easier to migrate to Eagle later, when you get the grip on how to create a "custom" chip (i.e., one that is not in the database).

I used others, but this one is the fastest one to make small boards.

mike_cc
30th January 2012, 11:18
We used Crocodile clips at college and in more recent years, that's been superceded by Yenka. Home licence is completely free but I'm not sure it's grown up enough for your use.

http://www.yenka.com/technology/

Another URL I found was

http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-software/free-electronic-cad-software.html

And I've downloaded a couple of its suggestions to try out when I get home.

TheCorfiot
6th February 2012, 23:36
Mark at the STH forums recomends this package, totally free with no limitations.
Outputs gerber files and can import eagle files too.

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=pcb

TC ;)

gazcbm
7th February 2012, 17:29
I'm interested in this also, I have just started watching some you tube videos on Eagle

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Paul_s
7th February 2012, 17:32
I thought people drew board designs on A1 paper? Or is that something from the 1960s? :D

D.B
7th February 2012, 17:37
I thought people drew board designs on A1 paper? Or is that something from the 1960s? :D

I dunno. :unsure:

/gets calculator out....

You could ask Merlin I guess.... :mrgreen:

Simon_G
7th February 2012, 18:10
DesignSpark does not allow the importing of gerber files so that's a no go :-(