[Lab] Suggestions for EDA Suite?
tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Fri Nov 19 11:01:56 EST 2010
I tried gEDA years ago and (like many linux open source solutions,
unfortunately) ended up spending most of my time trying to get it to work
and not designing boards :/.
YMMV though, I've heard some people (like Evil Mad Scientist labs) use it to
On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Andrew O'Malley <aomalley at gmail.com>wrote:
> I'd recommend Eagle, though the freeware version has a limited board
> size (3 x 4" I believe) so it depends on your board size.
> Though I haven't used it, I've hearing more about the gEDA suite
> (Linux / MAC only): http://www.gpleda.org/index.html
> On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 10:44 AM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Have you used EAGLE PCB at all?
> > Not sure the PCB sizes you need but for hobbiest sizes/number of layers
> > cheap, works cross-platform, and has a large part library. Also a lot of
> > hobbiest vendors like SparkFun or communities like Adafruit have their
> > component libraries released as EAGLE libraries.
> > www.cadsoftusa.com
> > Tom
> > On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 10:41 AM, Paul & Andrea Mumby <
> themumbys at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> Hey everyone! I've been using Proteus for my EDA suite for the past few
> >> years now, and I'm comfortable with it and it works ok for me... But
> >> beginning to get a bit dated. The component libraries are lacking, and
> >> lacking gerber output capability for PCB designs (making it difficult to
> >> have things professionaly done).
> >> So can anyone recommend a solid EDA suite that fits (at least most of)
> >> following requirements:
> >> - Reasonably Affordable
> >> - Schematic Capture & PCB Design, with netlist exporting from schematic
> >> app. (or both features integrated in one, don't really care)
> >> - Large component library for both schematic capture and PCB app, (or at
> >> least industry standard expandable library so that it doesn't get
> >> too quickly)
> >> - Basic schematic simulation capability (SPICE or equivalent)
> >> - Would be nice if PCB design app supports 3D renderings of boards (for
> >> visualizing layout before prototyping)
> >> - Gerber output capabilities
> >> - Fairly accepted standard, so that I won't have much trouble sharing
> >> files back and forth with the community.
> >> Any suggestions would be appreciated. If nothing suitable is out there
> >> within my price range, I might just stick with Proteus. But I figured
> >> worth exploring at this point. Have some new projects on the go that
> >> benefit from a new EDA suite.
> >> Thanks!
> >> - Paul
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