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Author Topic: Opinion/survey of Schematic drawing/PCB layout software  (Read 3033 times)
K4TFJ
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« on: February 28, 2012, 07:03:07 AM »

Looking for opinions of schematic drawing and/or PCB layout software.
Free/cost... easy/hard... basic/does-everything...

TJ, N4UYQ
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KA5N
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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 06:19:27 AM »

PCB layout is pretty simple as many PCB makers have software that you can download free of charge.  The software works for either thru-hole or surface mount and some also have multi-layer capability.  Advanced Circuits in Aurora Co.  is a source I have used with their 4pcb
software.  I laid out the board and emailed the layout with an order and in a couple of weeks
had perfect boards back. 
Of course there are many such purveyors and if you used their software you probably want to
have them make the boards.  Schematic software or schematic capture is a different matter.
A lot depends on how complicated the board and schematic are.  You will probably have to pay for good schematic software (after all the PCB company doesn't make any money on the
schematic).  Look on the internet you'll be surprised what you may find.

Allen
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WV9K
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012, 02:57:40 PM »

Looking for opinions of schematic drawing and/or PCB layout software.
Free/cost... easy/hard... basic/does-everything...

TJ, N4UYQ

gEDA and PCB under linux / unix.  Been using it for years, free and good.
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K9PU
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012, 04:06:21 PM »

I use ExpressPCB, also has a schematic capture program.  A bit primitive compared to purchased software and they are their own board vendor.  Boards are relatively cheap though and they have a "special" for certain sized boards. 

My brother likes one called PCB123, I have not really used it though.

All available via internet.

Good luck.

Scott
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K2CMH
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2012, 12:51:56 PM »

Many people use Eagle.  They have several low cost and free versions depending on your needs.  I have not used it very much, it does have a learning curve, but on the other hand, it is a commercial quality package that is used by many professionals.
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K3AN
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 03:09:12 PM »

Express PCB. Here's an article I wrote about it some time back.

http://www.eham.net/articles/16958

K3AN
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