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Alex Eisenhut:
Does anyone know of or has used any kind of PCB design software, as simple as it may be, on any 8 bit computer back in the 1980s let's say?

The earliest simplest one I used was smArtwork on PC-XT or whatever. Anyone say simpler?

rob77:
back in the 80's we used grid paper with 100mil spacing to design the PCB. then transferred the holes to a copper clad with a center punch and painted the lines onto the copper clad before etching ;)

i highly doubt any 8bit home computer of the era would be fast enough to draw a bunch of vectors... end even if it was.. the only printers available for home users were dot matrix printers not usable for printing transparencies ;)

themadhippy:
Does a  zx spectrum count
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/17474/ZX-Spectrum/PCB_Designer

SiliconWizard:

--- Quote from: themadhippy on May 05, 2022, 10:42:40 pm ---Does a  zx spectrum count
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/17474/ZX-Spectrum/PCB_Designer

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I remember one on Amstrad CPC too, but I can't remember the name. Maybe it was a port of the same.

nctnico:

--- Quote from: Alex Eisenhut on May 05, 2022, 08:52:38 pm ---Does anyone know of or has used any kind of PCB design software, as simple as it may be, on any 8 bit computer back in the 1980s let's say?

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The first commercial software I sold was a PCB design program to run on the MSX2. That was in the late 80's but it was more like a glorified 'paint' than anything else.

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