I am wanting to take a schematic that i have and convert it to a PCB and was wondering what was a good program that will do this????
Let it go on record that I do not recommend Eagle. Horrible, obtuse interface. Even by PCB CAD standards. That is, unless AutoDesk has heavily modified the Eagle interface since they bought it out and made it more AutoCAD-like. AutoCAD has a great interface.
Eagle takes some time to learn. Once you figure it out, it works well. It has a steep learning curve admittedly but I put on a seminar for a group who found it totally unusable. In 2 two hour sessions, they were up to speed.Let it go on record that I do not recommend Eagle. Horrible, obtuse interface. Even by PCB CAD standards. That is, unless AutoDesk has heavily modified the Eagle interface since they bought it out and made it more AutoCAD like. AutoCAD has a great interface.
If you just want to make a few boards you might want to consider a program that directly connects to a fabricator, such as PCB123.
The tool is generally easy to use and, being associated with the the PCB fabricator, you don't have to worry about the interface between the layout tool and the fabricator (the gerber file), making it simpler for a beginner.
Before I used Eagle, I had used both Altium and OrCAD with no issues. Eagle didn't come off to me as having any steeper a learning curve than the other two as much as it came off as having ackwardly archaic layout/interface. Many things seemed to have multiple, seemingly needless and ackward, uninuitive steps. I found out later on that Eagle has been around a long time (since the DOS era I think?) and that was the reason the layout of the interface was so unusual and that they were afraid to change their interface for fear of upsetting legacy users. I remember copy/pasting components in the schematic to be one of the most unintuitive, mult-step processes I had ever run across for such a simple operation.Eagle takes some time to learn. Once you figure it out, it works well. It has a steep learning curve admittedly but I put on a seminar for a group who found it totally unusable. In 2 two hour sessions, they were up to speed.
No...it does not.Does that one require you to share your files to the world? One of does....I don't necessarily want to share everything I do, and certainly not have it open for inspection before I'm done with it.
If by packages you mean parts, yes, you can make any custom part you want just about any way you want. However, it does have a vendor library if you want to use it. Also has a flexible gerber file generator.Oh yeah, I guess it's the Altium free offering that requires sharing files.
Does DesignSpark allow you to build your own pcb packages? I looked at one of the vendor-offered packages a few years back, and you only had the option to use packages they supplied and that was pretty limited at the time.
Don't get me wrong. I use an old version of Eagle because I bought the pro version. After using it for many years, most stuff is easy but I will admit I usually learn something new each time I use it. If I could find a free layout program that has the features I use and is understandable to me[/u], I'd be all for it. I tried KiCad and I was so lost. The best software for you depends on what you use and what you can understand.