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What is your preferred PCB CAD software?

Altium
31 (27.2%)
Eagle
26 (22.8%)
DipTrace
18 (15.8%)
KiCAD
16 (14%)
OrCAD
3 (2.6%)
gEDA
0 (0%)
Proteus
1 (0.9%)
Allegro PCB Designer
6 (5.3%)
OrCAD Layout
1 (0.9%)
DesignSpark
0 (0%)
PADS
2 (1.8%)
Douglas CAD
0 (0%)
CirCAD
1 (0.9%)
AutoTRAX
0 (0%)
Ariadne
0 (0%)
EasyEDA (online)
0 (0%)
MS Paint and Notepad
4 (3.5%)
Expedition
0 (0%)
PCAD
2 (1.8%)
Acetate paper and Sharpie
3 (2.6%)

Total Members Voted: 83

Voting closed: May 19, 2014, 04:32:16 am

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Offline scientist

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2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:32:16 am »
Vote for your preferred circuit CAD software. You may vote twice, if you have no second choice pick "MS Paint/Notepad."

If your favorite CAD software isn't on the list, comment and I'll add it.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2014, 10:13:50 pm by scientist »
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preferences
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 03:42:48 pm »
Orcad has (at least) two PCb layout packages: Orcad Layout and Allegro PCB Designer.
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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preferences
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 10:34:24 pm »
Added.
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 03:45:47 am »
I couldn't find DaveCAD in the list.  :(
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 04:11:17 pm »
No mention of PADS or Expedition?

"Orcad" is a schematic capture tool. "Orcad Layout" is the old, deprecated PCB software that used to go with it, but that's now been replaced by "Orcad PCB Designer" which is actually a license-nobbled version of Allegro.

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 04:18:24 pm »
Interesting, I never realized KiCAD was so popular on this board.

Well, there aren't that many alternatives for a cash-strapped hobbyist, even less so for one not using Windows.
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2014, 04:30:24 pm »
No mention of PADS or Expedition?

or PCAD
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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2014, 06:27:25 pm »
No pen, acetate sheet and artistic flair option?
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2014, 07:03:51 pm »
No mention of PADS or Expedition?

or PCAD

But is PCAD your preferred EDA software?
 

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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2014, 10:32:10 pm »
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Re: 2014 PCB CAD preference POLL
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 06:27:50 am »
Interesting, I never realized KiCAD was so popular on this board.

I'm a hobbyist and I've used Eagle for about 2 years. Actually, I've learned whatever little I know about schematic/pcb layout through Eagle. It was a very long and painful process and I bitched and moaned all the way through. Once I tried to use KiCad for about half an hour and hated it. Then, about two months ago, I had to design a pcb which had to be larger than the 10x8cm Eagle allowed. So I tried learning KiCad again. This time, I was really surprised how easy it was. Most of things I did in Eagle were simpler and more intuitive in KiCad. And then I learned that I can import my footprint library from Eagle into KiCad. And that was a nail in Eagle's coffin as far as I'm concerned. I'm not going back, except to make revisions of designs I already have in Eagle.

There's nothing I need to do with a schematic/pcb that's easier in Eagle than in KiCad. Who knows, maybe it's because I'm just not aware of Eagle's full potential.
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