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Altium Cicuit Maker?

Discussion in 'Circuit Simulation & PCB Design' started by spec, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. spec

    spec Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I know that there is a wealth of useful information on this forum about the various ECADs: Altium Designer. Eagle, Proteous, ORCAD... but with the change of ownership of EAGLE, which is the most widely used ECAD for home use, I am reevaluating the various free packages.

    One package of interest is Altium Circuit Maker, which I downloaded about a year ago, but have never installed or taken for a spin.

    What is the general view of Circuit Maker. It is touted to be the best free package.

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    What turned me off to Circuit Maker - they force you to share your designs. Your files are public. I think you can have 2 private designs but everything else is available for anybody to look at and use.

    Some of my Gerbers, I'm happy to share, like the TAP-28 files, but not everything. And of the stuff I'm willing to share, I'll share it when I done with it, not every step of the way.
     
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    spec Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Yes, very good point- that put me off too.

    Even EAGLE, under their new owner, Autodesk, want you to open an account with them. That is why I have stuck with EAFLE 7.7.0 rather than going for 8.0.0.

    In spite of the sharing problem with Circuit Maker, do you (or any body) have any experience with Circuit Maker- is it any good technically?

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    I believe Dave Jones of the EEVBlog and former Altium employee, has made a video about it.
     
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    spec Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Many thanks, I will look that video up.:)

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    Hey Derstrom, I just read your sig. Very cool :) I like it.
     
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    I used it a while back and it was painfully slow/laggy. I had to wait maybe 10 seconds after clicking on any component before it could be moved or I could access the properties. It was not fun, even for a very small circuit.

    Hopefully it's a little quicker now.
     
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