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1999\12\13@023804 by Gerard Mantoux

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Mario Thomaidis wrote :
>I have a question to pose to those you who are familiar with PCB design.
>I have a PCB I would like to create for production, but am having
>trouble deciding on what route to take. First of all, I will ask about
>.....SNIP, SNIP......

>I doubt Protel can be worth the money for purchase given that I don't
>expect to have to make a board this big ever again - can anyone convin
>ce me otherwise? Thanks.

It was a lot of threads concerning PCB drawing software for months.
I personnaly think the learning curve of CAD/CAM solutions Protel, Eagle
and others is too long for hobbyist.

FYI,I found a specialized graphic editor source dedicated to PCB (that is
not a CAD/CAM solution) that is rather cheap ($30) and user friendly:
http://www.kagi.com/alain.michel/

There is also ˆ schematics editor.
That could help !
Gerard


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1999\12\13@141946 by l.allen

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> I personnaly think the learning curve of CAD/CAM solutions Protel, Eagle
> and others is too long for hobbyist.
>
The really sad thing is that Protel used to be a breeze to use
under DOS, fast and intuitive, but alas.. they went to Windows and
OrCad ... probably better for really complex integrated type SPICE
simulation, netlist to PCB etc but for the less intense user (sub
100 component) who is quite happy to build and debug it simply
becomes a bigger pain in the butt every release.
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