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nigelwright7557:
I hadnt realised there were so many CAD packages.
A lot of packages chasing a very few specialist hobby or business users.

With all the free stuff not much reason to buy unless you are doing very specialist stuff.

Robaroni:

--- Quote from: nigelwright7557 on August 03, 2021, 05:37:51 pm ---I hadnt realised there were so many CAD packages.
A lot of packages chasing a very few specialist hobby or business users.

With all the free stuff not much reason to buy unless you are doing very specialist stuff.

--- End quote ---

I buy because there's better support. I've been with Labcenter for over ten years now. They know me and it looks like they will be around. The investment in learning high end EDA is to important to me to waste on free stuff. I don't think you can get the service I get with free software and if it shuts down, for whatever reason, you're stuck with all the time it took to learn it. That's happened to me more than once. I do professional work, I can't tinker around with free stuff and I'm not in the EDA program design business. If there are bugs then people figure, hey it's free. Labcenter has been very good with bugs over the time I've owned it, not that high end guarantees that but if you find it in a program then I say stick with it if your time is worth something to you.

Time is life, what you do with your time you do with your life!

Just_another_Dave:
In case same one is interested in open source alternatives to ANSYS HFSS (I haven’t tried them yet):
gprMax: https://www.gprmax.com/
openEMS: http://openems.de/start/index.php[/li][/list]

Open source simulink alternatives:
OpenModelica: https://www.openmodelica.org/
Scilab/Xcos: https://www.scilab.org/

Additionally, I miss fasthenry parasitic inductance and capacitance extractors: https://www.fastfieldsolvers.com/fasthenry2.htm

And an open source spice alternative for simulating huge circuits: https://xyce.sandia.gov/

Finally, some open source ANSYS Maxwell alternatives for simulating transformers and magnetic components:
MaxFEM: https://www.usc.gal/en/proxectos/maxfem/description.html
Calculix: http://www.calculix.de/
Elmer: http://www.elmerfem.org/blog/
Femm (2d): https://www.femm.info/wiki/HomePage
Freefem: https://freefem.org/
Vampire (atomistic): https://vampire.york.ac.uk/

Inflex:
Can we add FlexBV as a commercial boardviewer/diagnostics tool?  https://pldaniels.com/flexbv  ( it's a commercial fork & development of OpenBoardview )

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