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Discussion in 'CAD' started by proxy, Feb 21, 2005.

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  1. proxy

    proxy Guest

    Maybe I didn't go a good job of searching, but I don't see much here
    about Eagle CAD PCB software. Is this commonly used by people here?
  2. Maybe you didn't. A google Web search and News search here on [Eagle
    CAD] gave 13,500 and 17,500 hits respectively. Limiting the area of
    the latter to the sci.electronics.* newsgroups reduced the number to
    1,700 hits. Specifying the target more narrowly to [Eagle CAD PCB
    software] gave 449 hits. Of those, 340 appeared in this specific (and
    relatively light traffic) group, sci.electronics.cad, as you see here:
  3. proxy

    proxy Guest

    I'm not sure what your point is. I was trying to open a dialog. The
    link you give has lots of hits, but many are not very useful. For
    example, the first one includes these two messages, but in a thread
    discussing board layout services. Layout software gets a lot of cross

    Regardless, do you have anything to say about Eagle or other PCB layout
  4. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    Run out of cracks? Or perhaps this is someone who has stolen your
    identity? (Amazing what Google has in its archives, in't?)
  5. vax, 9000

    vax, 9000 Guest

    There was a recent thread at the classiccmp mailing list
    ( It seems (my impression) that more people are using
    Eagle at home than those who are using other tools.

    I am using gEDA tools for my first homebrew PCB board. Not done yet.

    vax, 9000
  6. Mike Deblis

    Mike Deblis Guest

    Well, if you are using Eagle legally, you could always use the very active
    and informative Eagle news groups at - all the most
    active users and developers hang out there - the archive is complete and
    answers most questions.

    Look for the *.eng groups if you are an Anglophone.

  7. rickman

    rickman Guest

    I am more interested in comparisons to other packages, which I don't
    expect to get at the Cadsoft group. I have used Eagle (the free
    version) and found it hard to learn, but ok once you get the hang of it.
    But I last used it over 6 months ago and now I am facing relearning it
    all over again. The library stuff was especially painful to learn.
    That is why I am considering using the crack. If I use it again and it
    does not stick with me this time, I don't want to have to toss $800 down
    the tubes. If I decide it is worth the effort of relearning it every
    time I do a board, I'll pay the $800.

    So does anyone have anything to say about FreePCB or other open source
    alternatives to low cost PCB layout software?
  8. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

  9. proxy

    proxy Guest

    Those programs run well under Linux, but I can't even find
    straightforward info on how to install them under Windows. The
    instructions say, do this, do that, but not if you are using Windows.

    We Windows users are not accustomed to having to install compilers
    before we install a tool.

    I looked around quite a bit and FreePCB is the only one out there that
    is open source, built for Windows and seems to be usable. Please
    correct me if I am wrong. :)
  10. DJ Delorie

    DJ Delorie Guest

    This is relatively new, for PCB under windows:
    I don't think that's limited to Windows users ;-)

    Note that the gEDA and PCB developers are split as to whether or not
    we *want* to support Windows, but that's mostly a political argument.
  11. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    Using Linux does not mean that you have to stop using Windows (although
    you may soon find that you want to).

    Installing many modern Linux distributions is no harder than booting
    from a CD and clicking a few "want this, don't want that" buttons. It's
    also easy to move files between Linux and Windows environments.
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