good share/freeware PCB software
Erik Jacobs email (remove spam text)
> Many people on the list like Eagle. I've never used it (or even looked
> at it) but I do have some recommendations based on the experience of
> learning to use several of these packages. Think long term. Is this
> the only electronics project you ever expect to do or are you taking it
> up as a career?
Well, for those of you wondering who the new idiot on the list is, maybe an
intro is in order :)
I just graduated this year from Columbia University as an EE. I studied
mostly microelectronic circuits / high performance VLSI design... so my
basic analog and stuff are pretty pathetic/miserable. I'm doing a little
project for my car (I'm also into autos) that I'm going to try and sell a
few of. I'm mostly playing with the PCB thing just to get a hand at it. I
could easily make the thing all by myself using proto board and like my
toaster oven and through-hole. I'd like to get experience with a PCB
program, yes, but do I see myself using it very often? Probably not. I
don't mind using a program if it's difficult, as long as it's GOOD. I
played around a bit with Eagle's free thing yesterday and it's pretty darn
good. It has a LARGE inventory of parts and packages, and if I figured out
how to use it worth a darn, it would probably work very well.
Yeah the eagle tutorial in the help is pretty bad. I didn't look hard for
something online, though. I'll check out the cadint stuff, though. Again,
at this stage, at least, it's mostly play. I have a job lined up for
September working for the third largest oscilloscope manufacturer doing VLSI
and VHDL and etc., but it'd be nice to know this stuff.
> On the issue of reading material, I'd recommend the technical tips
> section of the online board vendor's websites. Olimex has a great tech
> tips file and I know that several people on the list have used their
OK I'll take a peek. Maybe I'll printout a bunch of stuff and take it on my
flight to Japan. I'll need some reading material :)
> Hope this hasn't been too patronizing.
Not at all. Any advice is always appreciated and always useful.
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