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AlxDroidDev

I recommend DipTrace. I've been using it for 2 years and I love it. It's quite easy to use, very intuitive and has all the features I need.
Some of my projects:
Shield for DS1337+, DS1624 and AT24C1024B (RTC, temp & mem): http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php/topic,126197.0.html
CHDK Camera remote shutter (BT, IR, USB): http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=295377.0

68tjs

What are the features you need ?

prashere

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Mar 28, 2015, 08:14 am Last Edit: Mar 28, 2015, 09:39 am by prashere
What an irony here?

We as a community say we are dedicated and thrive for a revolution with Hardware sector and so we understood how hardware designs should be made free so that it is available for anyone to use that design and that gives freedom for the people. That is the core of Arduino project as we know.

How come this is freedom, when we supply the schematic design that is readable properly only with a closed or non-free software like Eagle?

If as a community, Arduino isn't giving the entire freedom to people without creating a vendor dependency, then what are we committed to? This is no way freedom until the formats compatibility is also liberated.

There is also this one https://github.com/freetronics/freetronics_kicad_library

But when we have decided Arduino designs to be free, when we decided Arduino IDE to be Free Software under GNU GPL v2, we should also fix this.

I am very glad someone started this thread. Let us make sure, everyone is heard. +1 for KiCAD or any other Free software for that sake.

Open Hardware Designs + Free Software === Freedom
Open Hardware Designs + Non-free / Closed source Software !== Freedom

stragulus

+1 For KiCad, Open Standards, Open Source.

SUPERN

+1 for Kicad.

Can you please consider to open source at least the shield so that we can build our own?
That would be great as it is the last lock for using Arduino widely in a real world!

AlxDroidDev

That would be great as it is the last lock for using Arduino widely in a real world!
What do you mean, "the last lock"?

There is an "arduino shield" component for DipTrace, you now. You can always come to the dark side of the power!
Some of my projects:
Shield for DS1337+, DS1624 and AT24C1024B (RTC, temp & mem): http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php/topic,126197.0.html
CHDK Camera remote shutter (BT, IR, USB): http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=295377.0

Z3R0C00l1500

+1 for KiCAD --> We need this open source support for the sake of the very definition of Arduino's values!

bobcousins

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Apr 16, 2017, 10:34 pm Last Edit: Apr 16, 2017, 10:34 pm by bobcousins
I don't think there are likely to be any official KiCad versions of projects from Arduino companies any time. They are unlikely to be reading this thread anyway.

Therefore, in order to provide something that is better than nothing, I have started converting Arduino projects to KiCad which you can find at https://github.com/bobc/Arduino_KiCad
Since converting projects by hand would take hours, in order to make the process practical, I am using an automatic conversion tool. The converted projects will need some tidying up before they are production ready. Automatic conversion takes about 1 minute, tidying up takes significantly longer. For proper verification, a board should be made and tested, which takes even longer and also costs money.

Anyway, given those caveats, the KiCad versions are available for information, education and as a base for derived projects, and without requiring Eagle.
Please ask questions in the forum so everyone can benefit. PM me for paid work.

zjedi

I have started converting Arduino projects to KiCad which you can find at https://github.com/bobc/Arduino_KiCad
Thanks for that! I'm new to this domain so forgive me a question:
Why not contributing to https://github.com/KiCad/kicad-library instead of creating a separate library? Was it just convenience or is there any other reason?

By the way, I found also freetronics_kicad_library (with less momentum)  which seem to contain some older arduino shield .mod files.

westfw

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Why not contributing to https://github.com/KiCad/kicad-library instead of creating a separate library?
Aren't "libraries" for individual parts, while Bob's contributions are complete schematics and board layouts?
(There's a place for "Arduino module as a part" library entries as well, but that's not what Bob has been doing.)


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