PCB CAD programs

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Reviews of PCB CAD programs[edit]

PCB Design Software Guide by SFCircuits Review of DipTrace, EagleCAD, OrCAD, PADS & Altium Designer

PCB Design Reviews by John Teel Focused mostly on DipTrace

Altium vs. Cadence Review of Limpkin's switch from Cadence to Altium in 2012


Free/Open source[edit]

Electronic Engineers Blog 12 Best of Electronic Engineers Blog

CircuitMaker (Altium) - http://www.altium.com/circuitmaker/overview | http://www.circuitmaker.com/

DesignSpark (RS Components) - http://www.designspark.com/

FreePCB - http://www.freepcb.com

Fritzing - http://fritzing.org

gEDA - http://www.gpleda.org/index.html

KiCAD - http://kicad-pcb.org/

MeowCAD (web-based) - https://meowcad.com

Minimal Board Editor - http://www.suigyodo.com/online/e/index.htm (English, Japanese)

Open Circuit Design - http://opencircuitdesign.com

PCB Elegance - http://etim.net.au/pcbelegance/

Protel/Altium AutoTrax/EasyTrax (DOS Based) - http://techdocs.altium.com/display/ALEG/Legacy+Downloads

TCI - http://b.urbani.free.fr (French)

ZenitPCB - http://www.zenitpcb.com/Index.html

TinyCAD - http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/tinycad/index.php?title=TinyCAD

EasyEDA - https://easyeda.com/editor

Limited free version[edit]

AutoTRAX - http://www.kov.com

CADint - http://www.cadint.se/p_free.asp

CADSTAR Express (Zuken) - http://www.zuken.com/products/cadstar/downloads/express.aspx

DipTrace - http://www.diptrace.com

Eagle (was Farnell/Newark, now Autodesk) - http://www.cadsoft.de

Layo1 PCB - http://www.baas.nl/layo1pcb/uk/downloads.htm

McCAD - http://www.mccad.com/index.html

OrCad 16.3 (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pages/downloads.aspx#demo

Osmond PCB - http://www.osmondpcb.com/index.html (Only PCB)

WinQcad - http://www.winqcad.com

CometCAD - http://www.cometcad.com

Commercial[edit]

Allegro (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/pcb/Pages/default.aspx

Altium - http://www.altium.com

Ariadne - http://www.cad-ul.de/ariadne-eda.html (German)

AutoTRAX (Not to be confused with Protel/Altium!) - http://www.kov.com

Bartels AutoEngineer - http://www.bartels.de/bae/bae_en.htm (English, German)

BoardMaker3 - http://www.tsien.info/index.php#

Board Station (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/boardstation

CADint - http://www.cadint.se/products.asp

CADSTAR (Zuken) - http://www.zuken.com/products/cadstar

CIRCAD - http://www.holophase.com/index.html

CircuitCREATOR - http://www.circuitcreator.com/creator/index.htm

Circuit Wizard, PCB wizard - http://www.new-wave-concepts.com/products.html

CSiEDA - http://www.csitek.co.kr (Korean)

CSiEDA - http://www.csieda.co.jp/en/csieda (Japanese, English)

CR-5000 (Zuken) - http://www.zuken.com/products/cr-5000

DipTrace - http://www.diptrace.com

Douglas CAD/CAM - http://www.douglas.com/software/pro/prolayout.html

Dreamcad - http://www13.ocn.ne.jp/~dreamnet (Japanese)

Eagle (was Farnell/Newark, now owned by Altium) - http://www.cadsoft.de

Easy-PC - http://www.numberone.com/easypc.asp

EDWinXP - http://www.visionics.a.se/index.html

Expedition Enterprise (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/expedition-enterprise

ICADPCB (Fujitsu) - http://www.fujitsu.com/my/services/software/business/icad_thirdpage.html

Layo1 PCB - http://www.baas.nl/layo1pcb/uk/index.html

McCAD - http://www.mccad.com/index.html

Orcad (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/orcad_capture/pages/default.aspx

Osmond PCB - http://www.osmondpcb.com/index.html (Only PCB)

Pads (Mentor) - http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/design-flows/pads

PCB-Investigator - http://www.pcb-investigator.com

Proteus PCB Design - http://www.labcenter.com/products/pcb/pcb_overview.cfm

Pulsonix - http://pulsonix.com/index.asp

Rimu Schematics/PCB - http://www.hutson.co.nz

Scooter PCB - http://www.scooter-pcb.de/scooter-pcb/index.html (German)

Sprint-Layout - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/sprint-layout.html

SuperCAD/SuperPCB - http://www.mentala.com/products.htm

Target 3001 - http://www.ibfriedrich.com (English, German, French)

TINA (DesignSoft) - http://www.tina.com

Ultiboard (National Instruments) - http://www.ni.com/ultiboard

Vutrax - http://www.vutrax.co.uk/index.htm

WinCircuit - http://alain.michel13.free.fr/Anglais.html

WinQcad - http://www.winqcad.com

XL designer (Seetrax) - http://www.xldesigner.com

Zuken CR-5000 - http://www.zuken.com/en/products/pcb-design/cr-5000

Techno Tronix (Complete Turnkey PCB) - http://www.technotronix.us/turnkey.html

PCB Assembly (PCB Material Management) - http://www.4pcbassembly.com/services/pcb_material_management.html

Translations[edit]

E-studio Pro - http://www.elgris.com

Schematic translation tool : OrCAD, Concept, DxDesigner, PADS Powerlogic, EAGLE, EDIF, Altium Designer, PCAD, CADStar, etc.

Libraries[edit]

PCB Library Expert - http://www.pcblibraries.com

You enter component dimension data and the tool automatically makes the IPC-7351 compliant footprints along with your preferences. The tool exports to all the major CAD programs.

SnapEDA - http://www.snapeda.com

Free schematic symbols and PCB footprints that export to nearly every electronics CAD tool (OrCAD, Allegro, Eagle, Altium, KiCad, and Pulsonix).

Free SW for PCB order service (no gerber files export)[edit]

ECAD Pro - http://www.pcbdesignandfab.com (gerber files $25/board)

Expresspcb - http://www.expresspcb.com

Pad2Pad - http://www.pad2pad.com (Gerber files for $25 per design if Pad2Pad fabricates boards, $50 for Gerber exports with no fabrication)

PCB123 - http://www.sunstone.com/PCB123-CAD-Software.aspx (gerber files $100/board)

PCB Artist - http://www.4pcb.com/free-pcb-layout-software

Target 3001 (PCB Pool edition) - http://www.pcb-pool.com/ppuk/service_downloads.html (gerber with proto)

Gerber tools[edit]

Utility programs Download Utility programs Gerber tools Download

DFM Now! - http://www.numericalinnovations.com/dfmnow.html

GCPrevue (Graphicode) - http://www.graphicode.com/Download_GC-Prevue_and_Free_Trials

GerberLogix - http://www.easylogix.de/products_detail.php?prog_id=1

GerbTool - http://www.wssi.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=16&Itemid=167

gerbv - http://gerbv.sourceforge.net

Online-Gerber-Viewer - http://www.gerber-viewer.com

Viewplot - http://www.viewplot.com

PCB panelizing[edit]

CAM 350 - http://www.downstreamtech.com/cam350.php

FAB 3000 - http://www.numericalinnovations.com/fab3000.html

Stripboard/Veroboard layout tools[edit]

DIY Layout Creator - http://diy-fever.com/sofware/diylc/

LochMaster - http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/lochmaster.html

Stripboard Designer - http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Multimedia_and_Graphics/Misc__Graphics_Tools/StripBoard_Designer.html

Stripboard Magic - http://www.marlwifi.org.nz/other/stripboard-magic

Stripes - http://sites.google.com/site/libby8dev/stripes

VeeCAD - http://veecad.com/

VeroCAD - http://xtronic.org/download/verocad-3-veroboard/

VeroDes - http://www.heyrick.co.uk/software/verodes/

VeroRoute - http://sourceforge.net/projects/veroroute/

Simulation - Free[edit]

Analog Devices version of NI Multisim - http://www.analog.com/en/amplifier-linear-tools/multisim/topic.html

5Spice - http://www.5spice.com/ (not free for commercial use)

Cider - http://embedded.eecs.berkeley.edu/pubs/downloads/cider/index.htm

Circuit Simulator Applet - http://www.falstad.com/circuit/ (iPad/iPhone version available, iCircuit - NOT FREE)

Logisim - http://ozark.hendrix.edu/~burch/logisim/

LTspice IV (Linear Technology) - http://www.linear.com/designtools/software/

Mindi (Microchip) - http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en537206

Ngspice - http://ngspice.sourceforge.net/screens.html

Qucs - http://qucs.sourceforge.net/

Simetrix - http://www.simetrix.co.uk/site/demo.html

TINA-TI (Texas Instruments) - http://focus.ti.com/docs/toolsw/folders/print/tina-ti.html

XSPICE - http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~mrichard/Xspice/

Simulation - Commercial[edit]

AIM Spice - http://www.aimspice.com/

B2 Spice - http://www.beigebag.com/

Circuit Wizard - http://www.new-wave-concepts.com/products.html

ICAP/4, etc.. - http://www.intusoft.com/default.htm (Limited Free version available)

Micro Cap - http://www.spectrum-soft.com/index.shtm (Limited Free version available)

NI Multisim (National Instruments) - http://www.ni.com/multisim/

PSpice (Cadence) - http://www.cadence.com/products/orcad/pspice_simulation/pages/default.aspx (Limited Free version available)

Simetrix - http://www.simetrix.co.uk/site/index.html

Super Spice (Anasoft) - http://www.anasoft.co.uk/ (Limited Free version available)

TopSpice - http://penzar.com/topspice/topspice.htm (Limited Free version available)

WinSpice - http://www.winspice.com/

3D Models[edit]

http:///beta-prototypes.com/

http://grabcad.com/

http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/

http://www.pcb-3d.com/