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

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:54:27 +0100
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> On 2017-02-14, at 17:02, Francesco Messineo <> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:51 PM, Jim Brain <> wrote:
>> 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.  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.
> what do you mean? It does support back annotations if we are speaking
> of the same thing.

Probably not. It's about making simple changes (like pin assignments for example) in the schematic window and seeing the changes propagate to the board design window in real time.

> I migrated from gEDA to KiCAD in a week btw, and all eagle libraries
> can be converted to KiCAD (I have a huge collection of such libraries,
> downloaded from somewhere) but I often prefer to make my own as I need
> them, since anyway it is often the best practice to check all
> dimensions, pinouts and so on before sending files to PCB farm.
> I think eagle libraries are tested and perfect, but why would I risk?

Not all of them. There are occasional bugs every here and there.

Other than EAGLE and KiCAD, there is the third contender recently - the web based tool, which I find getting some traction. As I mentioned a few times before, even before the ownership and licensing model change, I promised myself not to pay ever again for EAGLE after how they wanted me to pay full price again and again. Now there is even less chance that I'll ever pay.


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