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PCB designing software (beginners) ?!?

by Username889 / May 5, 2013 9:09 AM PDT

Hi my friends,

i'm not that familiar with with circuit design, therefore im looking for a pcb software which is easy to use and some tutorials to start with.. Any ideas?

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Cadsoft EAGLE
by Handl811 / May 5, 2013 9:25 AM PDT

I think EAGLE is the best program to go with - the trial version is for free not with all features but all a beginner have to have.
On Cadsoft's Website ( you can also find loads of tutorials.
If you need further instructions you shold visit youtube, too - always some good stuff about PCB up there.

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by John_steave / December 13, 2013 11:19 PM PST

"If you have no preference I would recommend CADSoft Eagle. Its free, easy and you can get several tutorials. CADsoft Eagle is free and has a giant library of parts to use. I really like Fritzing too. It has a schematic, breadboard, and PCB view.

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I think Diptrace is more economical to use.

I think Diptrace is more economical to use.

If you are making a small board, free might be the way to go until you are ready to move up. The version you buy or receive for free determines the amount of holes in the circuit board they will allow you to put. 75 might be good until you start adding processors with pins and then you need more real estate which means you are moving towards the professional version and being locked in.

If you want help, these online hobby sites have message boards and some of them will be able to tell you what they use. Eagle has been around for a long time but the professional version is $1,500 dollars.

Keep in mind that whatever you buy, you are locked in with what you buy unless you start over or unless you can use the files on the other program.

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