Re: PCB CAD Options (was: Re: Is it at all possible?)

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:47:13 +0100
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> On 2017-02-14, at 16:51, Jim Brain <> wrote:
> On 2/14/2017 4:58 AM, Didier Derny wrote:
>> with eagle 8 you  have to take a subscription...  and pay each month or year...
>> I think it is time to move to Kicad...

Yeah... we discussed it a few times, even here, and it always ended the same so far ;-) Maybe this time.. although I am afraid we shall stick to the EAGLE versions we have as long as any computer/OS that can run it is still working ;-)

> Given the number of users upset at the licensing model change, I believe v7.X will be used for a long time.  Like Ruud, I used v5.X for a long time, and it worked fine.  As far as I can tell, v7 added no UI improvements. Versions >5 migrated the file format to XML, which many online services and utilities now expect. (3D visualization, panelization, etc.)
> Still, this ownership and licensing change will no doubt focus more attention on KiCAD improvements, which is a good thing.
> Not too long ago, open source projects chose EAGLE because it had a free version and it was far more functional than gEDA and KiCAD. The fact that EAGLE was itself not open source was a minor irritant.  Now, it seems KiCAD almost matches EAGLE capabilities and is truly FLOSS.
> I envy folks like Steve.  I didn't know either of the apps in 2004 but learned EAGLE as it seemed the best choice at the time.

I /think/ at that time it was still a substantially more mature product anyway.

> Now, I've gotten very adept at the tool, but the tool has fallen somewhat out of favor.  I've attempted to migrate, but I am simply too efficient in EAGLE, and it's hard to justify using limited hobby time to learn a new tool when I can immediately deliver something with EAGLE.  Thus, if you are just learning PCB CAD apps, I think learning KiCAD is a better choice.  When KiCAD supports back annotations, I'll try once again to migrate.

:-) "Metoo!" ;-)


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