Re: Low cost PCB layout software
From: Art K6KFH (art_horne_at_phase4wireless.com)
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 14:07:14 GMT
On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 11:47:20 -0500, Ralph Malph <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Ralph Malph wrote:
>> Clearly I need something that actually works, so most of the truely free
>> packages are not viable.
>Well, I have read all the replies and have looked at most, if not all of
>the recommended systems. Unfortunately I have not found any of them to
>be workable (or at least easily used).
>The Eagle software from CadSoft seemed like it had the most promise, but
>I tried to download the older version 4.09 as someone recommended and
>could not get either release to install. Both complain of bad files
>even though I downloaded them twice. I then tried to download 4.11 and
>can't seem to connect to the server.
>So at this point I am still looking. The Protel Autotrax software is
>very much a DOS package complete with a memory manager which did not
>seem to initialize correctly under Win2k. So I don't think it is worth
>trying to get it to work with a modern OS. Other packages installed ok,
>but are very limited including providing nearly no parts library. If
>they are going to limit the number of layers and pins, why don't they at
>least include a moderately complete library? My idea was to do a
>simple, small project to evaluate the tool. But with all the work
>required to learn how to create my own device footprints, it is not
>I find it expecially odd when they don't provide a file save
>capability. If you can't do *any* useful work with their eval package,
>just how much time do they expect you to spend with it?
>Eagle Cadsoft Can't download or install
>Autotrax Protel DOS based memory management
>Easytrax Protel Poor UI
>EasyPC Numberone Demo has no save or plot functionality
>Cadstar Zuken Not simple
>RangerXL Seetrax Still haven't gotten a password file (not sure
>if it is time limited or not)
>I'll keep trying to download one of the Eagle versions. But otherwise I
>have found all of these demo programs to be lacking for my needs.
I am a retired consulting EE. I have been using Eagle for many years.
I was a beta tester for the OS2 version and have just bought the
4.1Pro version but I have not installed it yet. I like the
autorouter and think it works quite well. I would be willing to sell
it all to you or I offer my services to do the schematic capture and
board layout for you. I'm always looking for ways to make a little
extra money to support my R/C airplane habit. My email is:ahorne1 at
comcast dot net. If I can be any help feel free to contact me.