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Altium Newbie (CS) coming from EAGLE PCB

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IanJ:
Hi all,

Carl at Farnell said to me on the phone.........you'll get into situations where you can't find stuff, or don't know how to do this or that.....but keep looking it's there, and can be done.

With that I installed CS and as a complete an utter Altium newbie I started playing, but on my i5 laptop, not my Dev PC (which I'm rebuilding) so screen res is hindered to 1366*768, and just one monitor.................ach I thought I'd give it a go!
The target - to convert one of my existing Eagle PCB designs to CS.......same schematic layout, same designators, same exact PCB layout and hopefully track layout.

Some components from the vault, some from the built in library, and one or two from VinceH's (kindly publsihed online). There's also about 6 components I've had to design from scratch myself.

You know, moving from EaglePCB it's not that bad.......once you get your head around how the schematic and footprint parts of the libraries work in comparison to Eagle.

There's a few bugs, issues, crashes, memory leaks, and missing functionality in CS, mostly to do with the vault/libraries......but I'll detail those later. I'm making notes along the way. And, just like any other design there's moments where you have to walk away and come back.

I'm about 3 days in........and the following screenshots I think show I am making progress......and as you'll see I haven't started routing yet so I don't know whats in store!

PS. No cheating, the Eagle import function is NOT being used.......:-)

Ian.




rx8pilot:
As an Eagle user - this is exciting to watch. My biggest concern moving to Altium would be the challenge of the learning curve.

Look forward to seeing this play out.

LabSpokane:
How are your user-created components doing?  I can't get any of mine to be placed properly on the PCB. 

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: IanJ on July 19, 2016, 09:10:16 pm ---With that I installed CS and as a complete an utter Altium newbie I started playing, but on my i5 laptop, not my Dev PC (which I'm rebuilding) so screen res is hindered to 1366*768, and just one monitor.................ach I thought I'd give it a go!

--- End quote ---

Yep, Altium (Designer or CS, same thing) is painful on a single screen, let alone 1366x768
IIRC there are even some dialog boxes at that screen res that are not usable.

EEVblog:

--- Quote from: rx8pilot on July 19, 2016, 09:22:48 pm ---As an Eagle user - this is exciting to watch. My biggest concern moving to Altium would be the challenge of the learning curve.
Look forward to seeing this play out.

--- End quote ---

Me too.
It will be interesting to see how hard it is for Eagle users to switch.

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