Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Thad Floryan
I just received an email from Jameco (electronic parts) which
laments the decline and soon disappearance of Radio Shack. In
that article I found this link which touts the free PCB Creator
which appears useful if anyone needs to make a test circuit for
diagnosing computing or networking issue.
http://www.kicad-pcb.org/ <== check out the screenshots
including 3D board views
with components included
KiCAD is a good program for basic boards.
I wouldn't call 16-layer capability along with 3D viewing showing all
the components installed "basic". The "PCB Creator" program as I
mentioned above at http://bayareacircuits.com/pcb-creator/ *IS* a
PCB Creator is:
Easy to use
Will allow you to design 2 and 4 layer PCBs
Provides easy quote and order options
Gerber files available at no cost after PCB order
PCB CreatorPCB Creator Includes:
* PCB Layout — PCB design with easy-to-use manual routing
tools, autorouter and auto-placement.
* Schematic — Schematic Capture with multi-level hierarchy and
export to PCB Layout, Spice or Netlist.
* Component and Pattern Editors — allow you to make new parts
* Standard Libraries – include 100,000+ parts.
* 3D PCB Preview – shows your design in 3D. 2500+ package 3D
models are supplied with the program.
* Import/Export Features – allow you to exchange designs and
libraries with other EDA tools.
* Step-by-Step Tutorial – learn the software and start real
work in a few hours.
* Windows Based Software (No Mac version currently)
And no Linux version (of PCB Creator) either.
Contrast the above to this at KiCad's page:
KiCad is an EDA software suite for the creation of professional
schematics and printed circuit boards up to 16 layers. KiCad runs
on Windows, Linux and Apple OS X and is released under the
open-source GNU GPL v2 free of charge.
With KiCad you can create schematic diagrams and printed circuit
board up to 16 layers. KiCad comes with a rich set of libraries
with 3D models as well. KiCad is a mature EDA software tool
under active development by a team of developers and a vibrant
user group. KiCad team counts three main developers and a dozen
of regular contributors. KiCad includes a project manager and
four main independent software tools:
Eeschema, schematic editor.
Pcbnew, printed circuit board editor.
Gerbview, GERBER file viewer.
Cvpcb, footprint selector for components association.
Post by email@example.com
We develop some pretty complex circuit boards and use a company
in San Diego for the PCB layout. They use a bunch of programs
like Altium and PADs. If you need something more complex done,
maybe give them a shout.
I'm not trying to dis anyone's company, but there are those of us on
limited budgets designing computing systems (e.g., for home security
and dedicated task processing (e.g., astronomical telescope control,
supporting photographic hobbies, and more)) for which a program like
KiCAD suits all the requirements.
And, BTW, you need to dump the piece-of-shit Google Groups that you're
using -- double-/triple-spacing what you're quoting is UNacceptable
on Usenet and is grounds for permanent inclusion in everyone's kill
There are many free email clients (even Thunderbird) that work fine with
Usenet as I'm doing and there are many free newsreaders for all platforms
available, too (I often use knews on my Linux/UNIX boxes).
Free access to Usenet is available here so you can dump Google: