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Offline funkathustra

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2015, 10:11:16 AM »
A good interactive router (like Altium's) is way more productive than auto-routing. If you don't believe me, watch a YouTube video of someone hand-routing a board in Altium.

I've only found auto-routing productive if you have a TON of low-speed, low-power signals that you need to run between things, and you don't really have any space constraints. In any other designs, you spend so much time configuring the auto-router, that it's just faster to hand-route.

If you're doing open-source designs (even if they're commercial), you should strongly consider giving Altium's new CircuitMaker software a try. It's absolutely free (even for commercial work), and has about 90% of the features of the full version of Altium Designer. The only "catch" is that all of your CircuitMaker projects are accessible by the CircuitMaker community. Like most professional CAD/CAM software, it's also Windows-only.
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2016, 02:32:31 AM »
If you find the Eagle interface impossible you might try Autotrax DEX.  It has warts, but is usable and inexpensive.  I find the user interface clicks with me, sufficiently that it overcomes the main DEX deficiency which is a terrible user manual.
DEX has more problems than just its user manual.  I've purchased it (several times) and spent many hours with it over the years.  The UI is beautiful, but ultimately there is always a critical flaw that sends me back to Eagle.  As soon as you try to do any non-trivial PCB layout (I'm not talking anything exotic, just copper pour), DEX falls apart - vias aren't connected to pour, areas of pour overlay other areas, it's just a disaster.  Even generating the basic files you need to send to a board shop for fabrication aren't there.  Unfortunately, although DEX has great promise, the owner keeps adding features like 3D modeling to it rather than getting the basics working and IMO, it's not usable.

FWIW, once you get used to the quirky user interface, Eagle is very powerful and capable.  I don't use the autorouter and agree with prior comments that the main routing deficiency is lack of push/shove capability.  Eagle is fast and stable; I have never seen it crash and have used it a *lot* on Windows and Linux.
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2016, 04:53:49 AM »
What about KICAD ?
http://kicad-pcb.org/
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2016, 06:27:59 PM »
DipTrace 3.0 now has differential pair support, and Altium and Eagle import is in the works. The library got expanded, too.
I've been using it since version 2.3 and it's only getting better, although at an incredibly slow pace. It's way more intuitive for me than Eagle as well. Of course, nothing beats Altium in terms of productivity, but it's got a steep learning curve and no hobbyist can afford it.
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2016, 12:22:53 AM »
+1  :-+  for DipTrace. 

I use the free non-profit version and it was very intuitive and quick to learn.  I've created several of my own parts and the process was quick and easy.  Also, it is very easy to import Eagle files.
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #30 on: July 12, 2016, 01:19:55 AM »
If you're doing open-source designs (even if they're commercial), you should strongly consider giving Altium's new CircuitMaker software a try. It's absolutely free (even for commercial work), and has about 90% of the features of the full version of Altium Designer. The only "catch" is that all of your CircuitMaker projects are accessible by the CircuitMaker community. Like most professional CAD/CAM software, it's also Windows-only.

The new massive price drop on Circuit Studio ($995) puts it into the same price bracket as Eagle.
 

Offline technotronix

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2016, 10:35:17 PM »
I think both are good but it may differ for beginner. Even sometimes it depends on your specific requirements also. Eagle may lacking with the user-friendliness and easy interface compared to diptrace. The third we can consider design spark, which is the my first choice among three.
 

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Re: EAGLE vs Diptrace vs whatever...
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2017, 06:21:34 AM »
Hi ....

I want to buy EAGLE from CadSoft (not from Autodesk), anyone wants to sell ?

I will pay now ...

Thank you
 


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