# Free software for prototype board circuit design / component placement from schematic?

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#### JohnDeeEye

##### New Member

I have a fairly simple schematic for Bob Beck's plant growth stimulator.

I bought some 6 x 7cms prototyping board (with simple row and column copper padded holes matrix) and now have all the electronic components that I need to complete construction.

I have looked at several free circuit design software programs but have been unable to determine if any have the functionality of starting with prototyping board instead of designing a full-blown etchable PCB.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a free software circuit designer that allows one to enter the component details and schematic and have the software print a design placing the components on the board and identifying the connecting tracks required to use prototype board?

Disclaimer: I realise that doing the component and track placements manually is hardly a monumental task for such a small project but alas I'm: a) monumentally stupid b) exceedingly lazy c) a sucker for automation

TIA

#### DerStrom8

##### Super Moderator
Nothing can match the intuition of a human being (even a newbie such as yourself).

It's worth learning to do it on your own. There are no tools that will be able to give you everything you want or need, at least not to acceptable standards.

#### AnalogKid

##### Well-Known Member
I agree. If you've got a real mess on your hands, they can create a layout starting point while you're out at lunch, but no way I'd use them for a final design.

ak

#### DerStrom8

##### Super Moderator
I agree. If you've got a real mess on your hands, they can create a layout starting point while you're out at lunch, but no way I'd use them for a final design.

ak
I have tried this before but I found myself ripping up just about everything they did and starting over from scratch anyway.

##### Active Member
I have not tried it but I believe Fritzing will take prototyping from schematic to breadboard to pc board, and it's free! E

#### spec

##### Well-Known Member
This thread smells strongly of snake oil.

spec