These packages include schematic "capture" and PCB layout. Some include autorouters. The commercial packages also include autorouters, simulation, and other features.
Web-based (run in browser):
Free and budget:
123D Circuits http://www.123dapp.com/circuits - Upverter http://www.upverter.com Free for publically visible designs EasyEDA http://easyeda.com -
Free limited versions of professional packages:
AutoTRAX DEX 2020 http://www.dex2020.com/ Free trial; full price USD 49; not related to Protel Autotrax DesignSpark PCB http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/page/designspark-pcb-home-page or http://www.designspark.com/eng/page/designspark-pcb-home-page Free (non-commercial and commercial); affiliated with RS Components. Anon: Requires (free) registration; buggy; requires constant internet connection with cookies enabled. Supercap2F: Too hard to use; schematics look terrible; supports large sizes and many layers; has 3D PCB view. DIYLC https://code.google.com/p/diy-layout-creator/ Java. For drawing schematics, board/chassis layouts, guitar wiring diagrams, or anything. FreePCB http://www.freepcb.com/ Anon: Not maintained since 2011. Supercap2F: I did not like it Fritzing http://fritzing.org/ Schematics, PCBs, breadboard and stripboard layouts. Anon: "a toy". gEDA suite http://www.geda-project.org/ Posix/Linux and Mac OSX; GPL KiCAD http://www.kicad-pcb.org/ Open source. Windows/Mac/Linux. Anon: buggy to the point of being unusable. Supercap2F: Easy to figure out, but slow to use. Open Circuit Design http://opencircuitdesign.com/ Linux only PCBweb http://www.pcbweb.com/ Windows only. Schematic and PCB. Has some Digi-Key catalog references. 2014-11-08 supercap2F: Very poor UI; very slow; requires Internet access during use; definitely not recommended. Protel Autotrax and EasyTrax http://techdocs.altium.com/display/ALEG/Freeware downloads MS-DOS - use DOSBox (http://www.dosbox.com) under Windows Storm DIY layout creator http://www.storm-software.com/software/freeware.html Open-source; PCB, perfboard and stripboard. KrisBlueNZ: Didn't run properly under Win7/64 TinyCAD http://sourceforge.net/projects/tinycad/ For schematics (includes netlist export) and line diagrams. Anon: Library is extremely limited - there are only 11 microcontrollers. Good reviews on sourceforge. VeeCAD http://veecad.com/ Only for stripboard and prototyping boards. Free and cheap versions available.
PCB-vendor-locked (can only be used with one PCB manufacturer):
Bartels AutoEngineer http://www.bartels.de/bae/bae_en.htm Windows, Linux, X11/Unix. Schematic is free; PCB has a free demo version Cadstar http://www.zuken.com/en 300 pads and 50 components CometCAD http://www.cometcad.com/ 10x10 cm and 2 layers DipTrace http://www.diptrace.com/ Windows/Mac/Linux. 300 pads and 2 layers. KrisBlueNZ: Produces very nice-looking schematics. Supercap2F: Highly recommended. Huge parts library; 3D PCB view; very easy to use; very well documented. Eagle http://www.cadsoftusa.com/ 8×10 cm and 2 layers. Windows/Linux/Mac. Widely used. Layo1 http://www.baas.nl/layo1pcb/uk/downloads.htm 200 pads OrCAD PCB Designer Lite http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pages/downloads_verify.aspx - OsmondCocoa http://www.osmondpcb.com/index.html Mac only. 700 pins. Supercap2F: PCB only. Very easy to use. PCB Elegance http://www.viewplot.com/pcbe_index.html 200 pads Target 3001 http://ibfriedrich.com/ 250 pads and 2 layers VUTRAX http://www.vutrax.co.uk/index.htm - ZenitPCB http://www.zenitpcb.com/ 800 pads and 2 layers. Supercap2F: Could be good if it had better documentation
Professional without free or cheap versions:
ExpressSCH, ExpressPCB http://expresspcb.com Windows only. Anon: Very difficult and cumbersome to use; moving a component requires manual realignment of all connections to it; very limited library. Supercap2F: Great program, easy to use, produces really nice schematics, but cannot export boards to send to manufacturers other than ExpressPCB. Pad2Pad http://www.pad2pad.com/download/free-download.htm - PCB123 http://www.sunstone.com/pcb-products/pcb123 Windows only PCB Artist http://www.4pcb.com/free-pcb-layout-software/ Windows only PCB Creator http://bayareacircuits.com/pcb-creator/ Windows only Target 3001 PCB-POOL edition https://www.pcb-pool.com/ppus/service_downloads.html Windows only
If you have personal experience with any (or preferably, several) of these packages, and can provide feedback on their usability, please PM KrisBlueNZ or add a comment in the resource discussion tab. Thanks!
Altium - Formerly Protel Boardmaker http://www.tsien.info/ 3D viewer. KrisBlueNZ: Looks expensive! CIRCAD http://www.holophase.com/index.html - EasyPC http://www.numberone.com/ Free version can’t save nor generate output EDWinXP http://www.visionics.a.se/ Evaluation period is 14 days Mentor Graphics http://www.digikey.com/product-sear...-BNDL-ND&WT.z_slp_buy=MentorGraphics_Designer and http://www.mentor.com/ Slightly limited schematic USD 200 and PCB USD 400 Multisim http://www.ni.com/multisim/ Schematic capture and SPICE simulation; see Ultiboard OrCAD http://www.orcad.com/ - PADS - - Proteus www.labcenter.com/ - Pulsonix http://www.pulsonix.com/ - Sprint-Layout http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/sprint-layout.html Inexpensive Ultiboard http://www.ni.com/ultiboard/ PCB option for Multisim