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

Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:17:22 +0100
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> On 2017-02-14, at 19:08, Francesco Messineo <> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:54 PM,  <> wrote:
>> 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.
> not real time, there's a third party tool (afair) that propagates back
> some changes to the schematic (but you have to reload the schematic).
> However I find more logical to update the schematic, generate the
> netlist and then reload the netlist on the PCB, that's quick.

Only if you haven't heavily used the real-time forward and back-annotations as known in EAGLE. Even with relatively simple boards it pays. With more complex stuff, especially chips with hundred(s) of pins the ability to see the potential routing possibilities changing in real time becomes invaluable.

>> 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.
> I've seen the web tool too (and used it a bit), but I'm not the kind
> of person that's always connected (travels for example) and I tend to
> use the spare time to make some projects ;-)

I understand. Most of the things I do is while I am connected but still there are some otherwise unusable airport / train times where getting connection is not yet an obvious thing. So I fully understand and also prefer a non-web applications for a number of things.


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