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PCB/EDA software list
« on: June 08, 2011, 12:16:15 AM »
Hi all,
I was looking for PCB software to test and eventually use. This is the list of suppliers I ended up with. Please add what's missing and correct mistakes.


Free/Open source
CircuitMaker (Altium) - http://www.circuitmaker.com/
DesignSpark (RS comp) - http://www.designspark.com/
EasyEDA - http://easyEDA.com/editor (web based)
FreePCB - http://www.freepcb.com/
Fritzing - http://fritzing.org/
gEDA - http://www.geda-project.org/
KiCAD - http://www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/KiCad+EDA+Software+Suite
Minimal Board Editor - http://www.suigyodo.com/online/e/index.htm (English, Japanese)
Open Circuit Design - http://opencircuitdesign.com/
Orcad DOS (old) - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/OldDosOrcad/
PCB Elegance - http://www.pcbelegance.com/
PCBWeb Designer - http://www.pcbweb.com/ (Windows only)
Protel (Altium) AutoTrax/EasyTrax (DOS Based) - http://www.altium.com/community/downloads/en/downloads_home.cfm
TCI - http://b.urbani.free.fr/ (French)
ZenitPCB - http://www.zenitpcb.com/Index.html

Limited free version
CADint - http://www.cadint.se/p_free.asp
Cadstar Express (Zuken) - http://www.zuken.com/products/cadstar/downloads/express.aspx
CometCAD - http://www.cometcad.com/
DipTrace - http://www.diptrace.com/
Eagle (Farnell/Newark) - http://www.cadsoft.de/
Layo1 PCB - http://www.baas.nl/layo1pcb/uk/downloads.htm
McCAD - http://www.mccad.com/index.html
OrCad (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pages/downloads.aspx#demo
Osmond PCB - http://www.osmondpcb.com/index.html (Only PCB)
TopoR - http://eda.eremex.com/
WinQcad - http://www.winqcad.com/

Commercial
Allegro (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/pcb/Pages/default.aspx
Altium - http://www.altium.com/
Ariadne - http://www.cad-ul.de/ariadne-eda.html (German)
AutoTRAX DEX 2020 - http://www.dex2020.com, https://kov.com/
Bartels AutoEngineer - http://www.bartels.de/bae/bae_en.htm (English, German)
BoardMaker3 - http://www.tsien.info/index.php#
Board Station (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/boardstation/
CADint - http://www.cadint.se/products.asp
Cadstar (Zuken) - http://www.zuken.com/products/cadstar
CIRCAD - http://www.holophase.com/index.html
CircuitCREATOR - http://www.circuitcreator.com/creator/index.htm
Circuit Studio (Altium) - http://www.circuitstudio.com/
Circuit Wizard, PCB wizard - http://www.new-wave-concepts.com/products.html
CometCAD - http://www.cometcad.com/
CSiEDA - http://www.csitek.co.kr/ (Korean)
CSiEDA - http://www.csieda.co.jp/en/csieda/ (Japanese, English)
DipTrace - http://www.diptrace.com/
Douglas CAD/CAM - http://www.douglas.com/software/pro/prolayout.html
Dreamcad - http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~dreamnet/ (Japanese)
Eagle (Farnell/Newark) - http://www.cadsoft.de/
Easy-PC - http://www.numberone.com/easypc.asp
EDWinXP - http://www.visionics.a.se/index.html
Expedition Enterprise (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/expedition-enterprise/
ICADPCB (Fujitsu) - http://www.fujitsu.com/my/services/software/business/icad_thirdpage.html
Layo1 PCB - http://www.baas.nl/layo1pcb/uk/index.html
McCAD - http://www.mccad.com/index.html
Orcad (Cadence) - http://www.orcad.com/
Osmond PCB - http://www.osmondpcb.com/index.html (Only PCB)
Pads (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/pads/
Pantheon PCB software (Intercept) - http://www.intercept.com/products/pantheon-pcb-design
Proteus PCB Design - http://www.labcenter.com/products/pcb_overview.cfm
Pulsonix - http://pulsonix.com/index.asp
Quadcept - https://www.quadcept.com/en/index.html
Rimu Schematics/PCB - http://www.hutson.co.nz/
Scooter PCB - http://www.scooter-pcb.de/scooter-pcb/index.html (German)
Sprint-Layout - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/sprint-layout.html
SuperCAD/SuperPCB - http://www.mentala.com/products.htm
Target 3001 - http://www.ibfriedrich.com/ (English, German, French)
TINA (DesignSoft) - http://www.tina.com
TopoR - http://eda.eremex.com/
Ultiboard (National Instruments) - http://www.ni.com/ultiboard/
Upverter - https://upverter.com/ (free for open source projects)
Vutrax - http://www.vutrax.co.uk/index.htm
WinCircuit - http://alain.michel13.free.fr/Anglais.html
WinQcad - http://www.winqcad.com/
XL designer (Seetrax) - http://www.xldesigner.com/
Zuken - http://www.zuken.com/en

Free SW for PCB order service (no gerber files export)
ECAD Pro - http://www.pcbdesignandfab.com/ (gerber files $25/board)
Expresspcb - http://www.expresspcb.com/
Pad 2 Pad - http://www.pad2pad.com
PCB123 - http://www.sunstone.com/PCB123-CAD-Software.aspx (gerber files $100/board)
PCB Artist - http://www.4pcb.com/free-pcb-layout-software/
Target 3001 (PCB Pool edition) - http://www.pcb-pool.com/ppuk/service_downloads.html (gerber with proto)

Schematic Capture
sPlan - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/splan.html
TinyCAD - http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/tinycad/index.php?title=TinyCAD
XCircuit - http://opencircuitdesign.com/xcircuit/

Gerber tools
3D Gerber Viewer (online) - http://mayhewlabs.com/3dpcb
Circuit people online Gerber viewer - http://circuitpeople.com/
DFM Now! - http://www.numericalinnovations.com/pages/dfm-now-free-gerber-viewer
GCPrevue (Graphicode) - http://www.graphicode.com/Download_GC-Prevue_and_Free_Trials
GerberLogix - http://www.easylogix.de/products_detail.php?prog_id=1
gerbv - http://gerbv.sourceforge.net/
McCAD - http://www.mccad.com/FREE_GerberViewer.html
Online Gerber-Viewer - http://www.gerber-viewer.com/
ViewMate - http://www.pentalogix.com/viewmate.php (Free & Commercial versions)
Viewplot - http://www.viewplot.com/
ZofzPCB 3D Gerber Viewer - http://www.zofzpcb.com/

PCB panelizing
CAM 350 - http://www.downstreamtech.com/CAM350XL.html
FAB 3000 - http://www.numericalinnovations.com/fab3000.html

Stripboard/Veroboard layout tools
DIY Layout Creator - http://diy-fever.com/software/
LochMaster - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/lochmaster.html
Stripboard Designer - http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Multimedia_and_Graphics/Misc__Graphics_Tools/StripBoard_Designer.html
Stripboard Magic - http://www.marlwifi.org.nz/other/stripboard-magic
Stripes - http://sites.google.com/site/libby8dev/stripes
VeeCAD - http://veecad.com/
VeroCAD - http://xtronic.org/download/verocad-3-veroboard/
VeroDes - http://www.heyrick.co.uk/software/verodes/

Simulation - Free
5Spice - http://www.5spice.com/ (not free for commercial use)
Cider - http://embedded.eecs.berkeley.edu/pubs/downloads/cider/index.htm
CircuitLab.com - https://www.circuitlab.com/ (Online only)
Circuit Simulator Applet - http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ (iPad/iPhone version available, iCircuit - NOT FREE)
Logisim - http://ozark.hendrix.edu/~burch/logisim/
LTpsiceIV (Linear Technology) - http://www.linear.com/designtools/software/
Mindi (Microchip) - http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en537206
Ngspice - http://ngspice.sourceforge.net/screens.html
Qucs - http://qucs.sourceforge.net/
SimOne - http://eda.eremex.com/ (limited)
TINA-TI (Texas Instruments version) - http://www.ti.com/tool/tina-ti
XSPICE - http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~mrichard/Xspice/

Simulation - Commercial
Advanced Design System, ADS (Keysight) - http://www.keysight.com/en/pc-1297113/advanced-design-system-ads?nid=-34346.0&cc=US&lc=eng
AIM Spice - http://www.aimspice.com/
B2 Spice (Beige Bag) - http://www.beigebag.com/
Circuit Wizard - http://www.new-wave-concepts.com/products.html
ICAP/4, etc.. - http://www.intusoft.com/default.htm (Limited Free version available)
Micro Cap - http://www.spectrum-soft.com/index.shtm (Limited Free version available)
NI Multisim (National Instruments) - http://www.ni.com/multisim/
NL5 Circuit Simulator - http://nl5.sidelinesoft.com/
Plecs - http://www.plexim.com/
PSpice (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pspice_simulation/pages/default.aspx (Limited Free version available)
SIMetrix - http://www.simetrix.co.uk/ (demo available)
Super Spice (Anasoft) - http://www.anasoft.co.uk/ (Limited Free version available)
TINA - http://www.tina.com/English/tina/start.php
TopSpice - http://penzar.com/topspice/topspice.htm (Limited Free version available)
Via Designer - http://www.viadesigner.com/
WinSpice - http://www.winspice.com/

Other
Front panel: Frontdesigner - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/frontdesigner.html
Front panel: Front Panel Express - http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/index.html
CAD: DraftSight - http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/
CAD: Free CAD - http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/
VLSI Design: http://www.staticfreesoft.com/index.html
« Last Edit: August 01, 2016, 01:05:18 PM by elCap »
 
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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 02:29:02 AM »
There was a really simple Pspice program I used in college, but I can't remember the name or the website at the moment.  I will look it up to add to your free list.  It was simple and worked well.

I was also told about a program called b2spice, http://www.beigebag.com.  I believe there is a free version of it too.  A friend of mine likes this one, I think the university he went to recommended it.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 03:07:35 AM »
Addition to "Free SW for PCB order service (no gerber files export)"
PCB-Pool offer a free package "Target 3001" - you get gerbers if you order protos
http://www.pcb-pool.com/ppuk/service_downloads.html
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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 04:56:04 AM »
There was a really simple Pspice program I used in college, but I can't remember the name or the website at the moment. 

Maybe PSpice?  ;) Today with Cadence, under their OrCAD brand (once a separate company)

http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pspice_simulation/pages/default.aspx

In general there is really no shortage of, typically commercial, SPICE versions.

A quick google reveals

http://www.aimspice.com/
http://www.winspice.com/
http://penzar.com/topspice/topspice.htm
http://www.kemet.com/kemet/web/homepage/kechome.nsf/weben/kemsoft
http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~mrichard/Xspice/
http://www.spectrum-soft.com/demo.shtm
http://embedded.eecs.berkeley.edu/pubs/downloads/cider/index.htm
http://www.anasoft.co.uk/
http://www.intusoft.com/icap.htm#isspice4
http://www.ni.com/multisim/

And that is maybe just 1/10th of what is available.


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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 05:14:44 AM »
It was named PSpice.  I thought it was now part of Cadence, but I couldn't remember for sure.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 11:07:44 AM »
I updated the list with the suggestions.

I wasn't looking for simulation SW when compiling the list so therefore it isn't that many there.

And if someone have any better head line for the "Free SW for PCB order service (no gerber files export)" it would be great! I don't know what that type of business is called. (I'm not native English speaker, and getting worse by living in Asia for long time.. :-[ )
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 01:36:55 PM »
Awesome list!
I've made it a sticky topic, so will always be at the top of the list.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 08:35:54 AM »
Mindi and Logisim to be added to free simulators.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011, 12:27:52 AM »
Great! Added.

Mindi and Logisim to be added to free simulators.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2011, 09:38:54 AM »
Hi,
impressive List.

Here another two commercial Programms i know, limited Demoverions available:
Ariadne http://www.cad-ul.de
Bartels AutoEngineer http://www.bartels.de
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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2011, 02:17:32 PM »
Added;
Here another two commercial Programms i know, limited Demoverions available:
Ariadne http://www.cad-ul.de
Bartels AutoEngineer http://www.bartels.de
I also added some more. It's amazing how many there are available! And all of them are "the easiest", ''world best", "most cost effective", "fastest to market", etc., etc. Hard to believe there is a real market for all of them.. 
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2011, 11:16:29 PM »
Nice list. I just wanted to tell you guys that I can give some basic to semi-advanced help regarding general usage of Zuken Cadstar in case anyone wants to use it.

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2011, 02:22:54 PM »
I regularly use Rimu Schematic/PCB. These are low cost commercial packages with demos available.

http://www.hutson.co.nz/

The advantage is that Rimu PCB has excellent polygon and shape support so if you are doing allot of precise positioning of weird copper areas such as microstrip shapes, its good for that. In addition if you have a really unusual PCB pattern you can write a PCB file with precise points in Protel Autotrax/Tango language using a text editor and import it directly.

I have found few packages with this flexibility. Most now store PCB files in binary format so you can't write your own or are undocumented.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2011, 02:48:57 PM »
Added


And some more.. How many are there?!?  never ends  :)
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2011, 09:22:39 AM »
not really general PCB but there is VeeCAD but its targeted at stripboard layout only

http://veecad.com/
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2011, 09:43:34 AM »
As far as the Spice based simulators go I would add QUC's

qucs.sourceforge.net

Quc's is my current fav of the free ones but can be a bit slow. If you expand your list to RF linear/harmonic simulators it will explode.


 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2011, 12:31:11 PM »
Added both. I put the VeeCAD under a new header.
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2011, 06:48:06 AM »
You could add Lochmaster as another Stripboard/Veroboard package

http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/lochmaster.html
 


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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2011, 07:18:42 AM »
I think maybe you should also add pcb panelizing software to the list as quite a few of us submit whole panels rather than individual boards. The two I am familiar with are

CAM 350 (expensive)
http://www.downstreamtech.com/CAM350XL.html

FAB 3000
http://www.numericalinnovations.com/fab3000.html
 

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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2011, 11:49:29 PM »
I think GCPrevue from Graphicode http://www.graphicode.com/Download_GC-Prevue_and_Free_Trials would be a good addition. It's free and I use it to verify my gerbers and drill data independently from my CAD software. I find it a good 'sanity' check!

Good to see Bartels on the list, I suspect I'm the only one here using it!
 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2011, 06:07:28 AM »
Gerber Viewers are a good addition.

I use Viewplot
http://www.viewplot.com/

Also to the Spice simulators, I also use 5Spice
http://www.5spice.com/

 

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2011, 11:32:21 PM »
I use GC-Prevue, gerbv and GerberLogix.

gerbv
http://gerbv.sourceforge.net/

GerberLogix
http://www.easylogix.de/products_detail.php?prog_id=1

All of them are more or less "free" for personal use.

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Re: PCB/EDA software list
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2011, 02:47:52 PM »
Finally I got some time over..

Added all the suggestions under different headlines.

I haven't the time to check all links so please help out with that.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2011, 03:00:39 PM by elCap »
 

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« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2011, 12:52:19 AM »
A very useful tool for selecting commercially available resistors for a given calculated value is Resistor CAD. There was a DOS version of similar functionality but this one has a GUI. It also provides the error for the various combinations.

I managed to find it here:

http://www.circuitsonline.net/download/view/90
 


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