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Offline Jon Chandler

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Switching from using Eagle V5 to EasyEDA?
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:26:00 am »
I am using Eagle Layout V5 Pro and Tinycad for schematic capture.  I needed the pro version of Eagle to get the physical board size I needed but I didn't opt for the pro version of schematic capture because nothing I was doing was that complex.

I've played a little with EasyEDA from JLCPCB.  It seems pretty competent in using it for a couple hours and not that difficult to use.  The huge range of parts available and total integration of schematic capture and board layout is awesome after spending many years connecting nets from the schematic "by eye" on the board since Eagle and Tinycad aren't always in agreement about pin names.

Has anybody here switched from Eagle to EasyEDA?  I'd appreciate any comments about the experience if you have.  A y particular regrets or shortcomings?

Thanks in advance for any comments you may have,


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Re: Switching from using Eagle V5 to EasyEDA?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2019, 03:33:28 am »
I've never used Eagle, and my experience with EasyEDA is limited to a few projects just for fun. I own a full commercial license of Altium, so I have no reason to move, at least not for now.

But my advise is to learn EasyEDA, but don't put all your faith on it. The project may sink at any moment. After all, it's originally designed for Chinese users, and it needs such a large user base to maintain profitable.

EasyEDA is not making money now. It's purely an investment from JLCPCB, because they know software piracy in China is being punished hard, and the days which you can use a pirate copy of AD to draw boards and make money is numbered.

But we never know. Will Chinese government eradicate EDA piracy in China before JLCPCB can sustain the loss on EasyEDA remains unknown, so I would consider learning a second tool such as KiCAD, in case the ship of EasyEDA sinks.

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Re: Switching from using Eagle V5 to EasyEDA?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2019, 11:20:40 am »
and total integration of schematic capture and board layout is awesome

EasyEDA is actually pretty nice. It has come a long way over the past 3 or so years.

Like the poster above, I also have an Altium license, however I reach for DipTrace for most board designs these days. It's easy to learn as its user interface is very logical.

It's not as powerful as Altium but it is very, very capable. You could design a computer motherboard with it if you wished. DipTrace has user selectable keyboard shortcuts to make your transfer from EAGLE much easier.

A discount is also offered for moving over from EAGLE ............... but you may not need to purchase the top end version.

Two things I like is the license is perpetual (like EAGLE used to be) & it all runs on my own computer, not someone else's server.
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