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Offline electrolust

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Re: Considering taking the plunge
« Reply #50 on: November 15, 2015, 08:58:38 am »
I am 1 day into AD15.  What a pleasure.  AD15 is more value per dollar than Eagle is, for sure.

I am now 2 days into AD15.  I'm much less impressed at this point.  I do love the IPC wizard but otherwise, meh.  I've hit a couple of quirks and bugs already.  Most annoying so far is if you rotate a part after it has been wired, you lose the connections.  If you want to move a part and keep the connections, you have to do it in "RPN" like Eagle -- choose E,M,D then choose the part then move it.  So you have to mentally switch between 2 different UI models to get things done.  Also pretty damn annoying is "update from library" doesn't work so great.

I found some wire dragging bugs that were fixed in 14.3.  WHAT?  It wasn't until 14.3 that they got that stuff fixed?  The code must be complete crap.

It's been stated that CS and AD share a lot of code, so CS must have a lot of baggage and crap as well.  There is a huge market opportunity for software in between Eagle and Allegro.

I can definitely see why big companies would use AD, but for small guys and small shops doing less complex layouts, the low rent software seems better.  It's one thing to pay $500-$1000 and live with Eagle, it's another to pay $7k or whatever and be frustrated.  At least with Eagle, things work exactly as I expect.

I haven't gotten into the board layout part of AD yet, I guess that is where the real magic is, but I'd be surprised if that isn't bug ridden as well.
 

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Re: Considering taking the plunge
« Reply #51 on: November 15, 2015, 10:00:44 pm »
Last I knew it could only visualize, not actually export a usable 3D CAD file, unless you are a software tinkerer and know how to do it.
KiCAD can export 3D files as .wrl. The option is in PCBNew under 'File -> Export -> VRML'.

 

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Re: Considering taking the plunge
« Reply #52 on: November 15, 2015, 10:10:58 pm »
excellent, I'm yet to get a chance to do a board with it. so far i'm using the schematic side of things for wiring loom drawings.
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Re: Considering taking the plunge
« Reply #53 on: November 16, 2015, 08:45:43 am »
Just a tip, watch the relevant parts of "Getting to Blinky" (Chris Gammell's KiCAD tutorial). It prevented a lot of confusion when I switched over from Eagle.
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Re: Considering taking the plunge
« Reply #54 on: November 16, 2015, 09:59:47 am »
I'll not be moving from eagle but will have a look at it.
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