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what is good program for pcb?

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sokrat

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hi all

i want ask about what is best program for pcb
and whyyyyyyyyy

S :shock: KRAT
 

Pyroandrew

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try searching a little.

If it turns up nothing, I've always found easyPC a good program. It is very easy to use, it does lack a little flexability for really advanced artwork, but it is very good for even professional work.
 

fsahmed

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Well, if u have a sound understanding of electronics, pcb layout & design rules, ORCAD is the best (in my personal opinion)for schematic simulation & conversion of schematic into PCBs as well. Though it takes time to get the hang of it, if u r willing to spare it, go go go..
 

Sebi

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Matter of taste. I use Tango plus ( run under DOS) Very stable and easy to learn.
 

electroyas

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I use eagle

for many circuits i have used eagle because it works perfectly in windows and linux versions and its totally free for small circuit boards. There are also other softwares but they are too expensive to build small circuits .
 

ronsimpson

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If you choose Eagle then
cost="0" for the small version and you can get help here.
 

crutschow

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Matter of taste. I use Tango plus ( run under DOS) Very stable and easy to learn.
Under DOS?? I doubt that particular version of the program is still available. ;)
 

kubeek

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The question is, do you want the best FREE program, or do you want the simply best without any other conditions?
I personally started with Eagle which is great for simple stuff, but now that I use Orcad at work I would not go back since I had setup v16.5 at home, especially if you need to cram lots of components within a small multilayer board. The most important part of the layout is the ability to smoothly nudge vias and traces out of the way and very inteligent routing of traces that allows you to stick them as close as possible without painstakingly moving every singe vertex and then checking DRC over and over again until you get it right like you have to do in eagle. It does have a few quirks that could be improved in terms of user interface, but the job still gets done much much faster than it would be with Eagle or other simple pcb packages.
Another thing I like is that the footprints and schematic symbols are separate, so if you need to change a so-16 package because it causes problems with the soldering machine then you do it just once and for all parts that will use it. You could theoretically have one huge library in Eagle for all the components you use and then change the package in one place only as well, but having just a single library is quite impractical.
 

JimB

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Guys, this is a 10+ years old thread resurected by a newby who did not add any new or useful information.

JimB
 

tvtech

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for many circuits i have used eagle because it works perfectly in windows and linux versions and its totally free for small circuit boards. There are also other softwares but they are too expensive to build small circuits .
Hi. Welcome to ETO.

In spite of this 8 Year old thread being resurrected, I agree. Eagle still rocks. Steep learning curve but worth it with quality results.

I don't etch my own boards. A board house does it for me with everything done with Eagle. Gerbers, Excellon and all exported. Never a problem :D

Regards,
tvtech
 

Willen

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After 11 yrs later (when question was asked),
I am using ExpressPCB which is free. No need to learn and you can design even 4 layer PCB for professional work.
 
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