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'[OT] Schematic and PCB Software'
1999\04\10@142809 by David Olson

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I just sucked down the demos for Electronic Workbench and Circuit Maker. Has
anyone out there used them? What's your impression? They both say that they
are popular and widely used. Well, if so, who's using them? At my "starting
out stage" every $600-$1,000 for software has got to be dollars well spent.

-DO

1999\04\10@155221 by mwalsh

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David Olson wrote:

> I just sucked down the demos for Electronic Workbench and Circuit Maker. Has
> anyone out there used them? What's your impression? They both say that they
> are popular and widely used. Well, if so, who's using them? At my "starting
> out stage" every $600-$1,000 for software has got to be dollars well spent.
>
> -DO

I've used Circuit Maker and Trax Maker Pro for about a year.  I went to them
because they read all my old board files that were done with Protel's DOS
version of Traxmaker.  The schematics files weren't compatible, but I had
used an old version of Tango schematic that put out net lists that Protel
could read.

I haven't had any problems with Trax Maker.  Sometimes when I go into
a schematic that has already been created and saved, Circuit Maker will
crash as soon as I try to move or delete an existing wire.  I contacted
Microcode about this, but haven't had a response yet.

Trax Maker has a design rule check that is very handy for finding clearance
and wiring errors.  It also has enough options in the gerber generation to
satisfy the needs of almost any board house.  The auto-router is pretty lame,
but most of them are unless you are willing to mortgage your house.

Protel had a $2000 upgrade offer for Circuit Maker users last month, so I'm
back to Protel again (the board files are still compatible, alas the schematic
files aren't).  I'm still finishing up a couple of projects that were started
with
Microcode's programs, so I haven't had a chance to check out the new
Protel yet.  I just hired a new engineer who swears by Protel, or I would
probably not have bothered upgrading.

Mark Walsh

1999\04\10@235618 by Chad Bonner

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I've used Electronics Workbench for a while and like it very much.  It is
very well laid out.



At 02:26 PM 4/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I just sucked down the demos for Electronic Workbench and Circuit Maker. Has
>anyone out there used them? What's your impression? They both say that they
>are popular and widely used. Well, if so, who's using them? At my "starting
>out stage" every $600-$1,000 for software has got to be dollars well spent.
>
>-DO
>

1999\04\12@121155 by Andy Kunz

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At 02:26 PM 4/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I just sucked down the demos for Electronic Workbench and Circuit Maker. Has
>anyone out there used them? What's your impression? They both say that they
>are popular and widely used. Well, if so, who's using them? At my "starting
>out stage" every $600-$1,000 for software has got to be dollars well spent.

I had an illegal copy of EWB for a while.  It was very good for putting
together a schematic and seeing how it would work.  But it would cost more
than I could justify, so I deleted it.

I've never used Circuit Maker, so I can't comment on it.

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