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Basic PCB software for hobbyist ..... Is there any?

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Manfred, Mar 7, 2005.

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  1. Manfred

    Manfred Guest

    Please recommend a basic PCB and schematic
    layout software for the occasional hobbyist to
    fabricate mostly single layer PCBs?
    Any advise and links appreciated.
  2. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

  3. Guest

    Eagle is highly recommended and the free version is quite useful for
    most hobby class projects. The use of eagle for hobby
    stuff is pretty much universal.

  4. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest


  5. Be sure and check out Terry Pinnell's list of ECAD packages at
  6. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    The use of eagle for hobby stuff is pretty much universal.
    I would say *widely used*--but yeah.

    DJ Delorie is one of the authors of "PCB"
    which runs natively on Linux and under Cygwin on Windoze.
    It is open source software and is free (libre and gratis)
    but because it is free do not think it is limited.

    Last I checked, Terry Porter's site was down
    but Terry has posted some links to photos
    of significant work he has done with gEDA/PCB (as a professional).
  7. richard

    richard Guest

    Try out TARGET 3001!
    It also has a free discover version for hobbyist.
  8. Paul Burke

    Paul Burke Guest

    Which though excellent won't pick up many occasional hobby users until
    they do a free version. As I keep telling them- two sides, 250 pin limit
    (they seem stuck on pins as the limit), and it will be enough for
    serious evaluators to produce a trial PCB and decide to buy the full
    package. Which the functionally unlimited (except it won't save)
    evaluation they have now is useless for.

    Paul Burke
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