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been looking at few circuit creating software online...  anyone use or have any good ones that they use/recommend? and are they really useful or just a waste of time?

examples:http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=circuit+design+software+free&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.dmQ&bpcl=40096503&biw=1366&bih=626&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=_4HpUIGgPOyw0QGunIDQCw

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Cadsoft Eagle is quite popular, due to the huge library of parts available. Many supplier provide Eagle libraries of their inventory.

The free version is limited to PCB of 100mm x 80mm but fine for most needs.

It's a bit counter intuitive and takes some perseverance to learn, but I've just done so in a few days to a decent standard.

The Sparkfun Eagle tutorials are a perfect place to start.

There is also Fritzing, but I actually didn't get on with it as well as I am now doing with Eagle, even though it was easier to pick up and use straight away.
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I use mostly ltspice: easy to use, easy to setup and takes little space.

When I need to explore more, I use orcad then, and powerpcb for layout.

I have seen people using micro-cap and tina.

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Also, Arduino schematics are available in eagle format exclusively.

There is also KiCad, which is a GNU licenced program.
This is not that well known so getting support for it is limited.
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Have a look at "blink without delay".
Did you connect the grounds ?
Je kunt hier ook in het Nederlands terecht: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,77.0.html

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i ask because someone mentioned at work to me: http://fritzing.org/ scroll down to see the vid...


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Fritzing was mentioned in the first response.
It is also under GNU license.
The fun about Fritzing is that you can build your hardware on to a virtual breadboard, and the program will generate schematics for that.
It is also possible to design your print with it.
I just tried that, have Fritzing since i started playing with Arduino stuff e few months back.
So for small stuff, Fritzing is easy to get started with, i don't know about more advanced functions.

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Have a look at "blink without delay".
Did you connect the grounds ?
Je kunt hier ook in het Nederlands terecht: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,77.0.html

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i know it was mentioned, i'm just saying the reason i asked on here was because that was mentioned to me at work - i wanted to see what you guys use/used.. i'm glad task confirmed the software.
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