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Cit:
Which free/open source PCB CAD programme would you recommend and why?

Psi:
Have you watched the eevblog videos on diptrace and kicad?

harnon:
Or better yet download a few, try them out and see which one you like best!  ;)

Cit:

--- Quote from: harnon on March 17, 2012, 01:30:19 am ---Or better yet download a few, try them out and see which one you like best!  ;)

--- End quote ---

I asked because I suppose it is very time consuming to find the best one (11 programmes i elCaps's list) and because I suppose other users have more experience and knowledge than me about this subject.

harnon:

--- Quote from: Cit on March 17, 2012, 03:31:43 pm ---
--- Quote from: harnon on March 17, 2012, 01:30:19 am ---Or better yet download a few, try them out and see which one you like best!  ;)

--- End quote ---

I asked because I suppose it is very time consuming to find the best one (11 programmes i elCaps's list) and because I suppose other users have more experience and knowledge than me about this subject.

--- End quote ---

I'm not try to be funny, but its better to pick a tool you like, not one somebody else likes. 

Also, this or similar questions have been discussed once or twice before.
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-pcbedacad-discussions/if-you-could-only-use-one-cad-suite-for-pcb-design-what-would-it-be/
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-pcbedacad-discussions/design-and-simulation-software-to-start-with/
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-pcbedacad-discussions/making-the-decision-cad-software/
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-pcbedacad-discussions/anyone-else-using-diptrace/
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/general-pcbedacad-discussions/the-state-of-pcb-cad-user-interfaces/
I haven't read most of these, just looked at the titles.

Personally I use Diptrace, which I arrived at after trying most of the other free packages for a little while at least.  I've put a couple of tutorials in the diptrace forum here and you can also watch Dave's video as suggested above.  I used Eagle for a while and it wasn't too bad, but the UI was dated.  You probably need to have Eagle installed anyway as a lot of open source designs on the web are given in Eagle format.  I have 5.11 and 6 installed but only use them for viewing.  In my opinion the open source ones aren't really quite there yet in terms of UI and integration of different areas of the packages.

You can also try some of the bigger commercial packages out there if you somehow have access to the software. 

Same answer really, just in more detail - try a few and see what you like, read a few posts in the topics above and see if there are any comments that make you more or less interested.  Your time will not be wasted by putting in a bit of research.

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