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Is gEDA more usable than KiCad?

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dino:
Hi,
As most people, i'm also trying to find a nice alternative for Altium that would be suitable for hobby and commercial use.
As i'm still a poor student, I've narrowed down the search to Kicad and gEDA. 
Tried Kicad, didn't like it at all, especially that the left mouse button doesn't do anything useful (like select a component).
So i'm asking: is geda better in terms of usability? I'm currently running Windows, but I could install Ubuntu, no problem.
I'm not scared of complexity, I just want something that won't poke my nerves.
 

Bored@Work:
I like the gEDA schematic editor gschem better than the KiCAD one. But unfortunately, from there it goes downwards. I just can't stand the PCB editor "PCB" in gEDA.

For windows there is also another open-source program, FreePCB. I never tried it.

Then there are of course the free of charge, non-open source, offerings. Typical with free of charge entry level versions. E.g. Eagle, or Design Spark.

robrenz:
I am not promoting it but have you looked at diptrace?

Vasi:
Is hard to transfer net files from gschem to PCB (is hard to have a correlation between them regarding to components used). If you have small projects, PCB is better used without net. Just place components and draw the traces.

If you came from Altium, your only alternative (because you already tried KiCAD) is DipTrace.

Bloch:

--- Quote from: robrenz on October 07, 2012, 07:33:38 pm ---I am not promoting it but have you looked at diptrace?

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--- Quote from: Vasi on October 07, 2012, 07:48:58 pm ---If you came from Altium, your only alternative (because you already tried KiCAD) is DipTrace.

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Why are you talking about DipTrace then it is not free € 585 / $762


--- Quote from: dino on October 07, 2012, 07:19:32 pm ---As i'm still a poor student
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Did you look at Designspark PCB ? it is free but not open source. Beside that it is for me at least much better than KiCad / gEDA. And Next version is just around the corner.

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