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Title: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Joy on Feb 18, 2012, 05:05 am
I need a PCB designing application which will be FREE....

I mostly need to make double sided PCBs.. I use eagle...Anything much better that that..?
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: jwatte on Feb 18, 2012, 06:13 am
Eagle is a very good piece of software. Specifically, the non-free versions scale up to much bigger targets. Meanwhile, you have all of those tools available for your 10x8 cm double-sided board as freeware (for non-commercial projects AFAICT).

Other free software you might want to check out:
- expresspcb: http://www.expresspcb.com/ (only works with their board making service)
- gEDA: http://www.gpleda.org/ (open source -- is to Eagle what Gimp is to Photoshop)
- pad2pad: http://www.pad2pad.com/
- Tina: http://www.tina.com/English/tina/ (includes some simulation capability)
- FreePCB: http://www.freepcb.com/ (open source -- it's more like MS Paint than a full system)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: TonyD on Feb 20, 2012, 11:26 am
DesignSparl PCB (http://www.designspark.com/pcb) is another one to consider. It can import Eagle designs as well, which is always useful.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Joy on Feb 20, 2012, 12:11 pm

DesignSparl PCB (http://www.designspark.com/pcb) is another one to consider. It can import Eagle designs as well, which is always useful.


Huuummmm.. Goddd..
I will try this... :)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Nishant_Sood on Feb 21, 2012, 07:12 pm
I personally recommend a paid programme that is circuit wizard its a complete suite that meshes well with user and also provides the simulation capability so you can test your pcb prior to ordering them in bulk that is crucial i think ,although i have used kiCad, eagle but they lack in the simulation thing that is provided by this circuit wizard and user interface is awesome too.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Nishant_Sood on Feb 21, 2012, 07:13 pm
What is your competence level in pcb making?

i'm now using FRITZING i like this programme very much its completely open source and is guided towards arduino users.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: 68tjs on Mar 09, 2012, 09:34 pm
Don't forget kicad free and opensource
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Thorsten on Sep 09, 2012, 05:49 pm
i´m working wite EAGLEs (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/?language=en&lang=en) free trial and i´m very happy. Never had any bugs etc.
perhaps i will buy the new v6 version of EAGLE, sounds very good.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: codlink on Sep 11, 2012, 01:52 am

I personally recommend a paid programme that is circuit wizard its a complete suite that meshes well with user and also provides the simulation capability so you can test your pcb prior to ordering them in bulk that is crucial i think ,although i have used kiCad, eagle but they lack in the simulation thing that is provided by this circuit wizard and user interface is awesome too.


Curcuit Wizard is pretty sweet, user friendly = easy to learn.  In just 10 minutes, I made a schematic and a PCB of a simple circuit.  My main program is Fritzing though...  I like how it's laid out.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: AutoTRAX on Oct 10, 2012, 10:09 pm
Well not exactly free but near enough!

The latest version of  AutoTRAX DEX 2020 is only $49.
I know it's a bit cheaper than the others.
This gives you the latest version of DEX plus 12 months of free upgrades. DEX is great now, in the next 12 months it can only get better.
Dex has come a long way in the last 2 years and you will be truly amazed how far DEX has come

DEX is an integrated schematic capture, simulation and PCB layout program with a superb user interface and single self contained database.
It is the industry's only unified electronic design software that gives you the unique ability to design, test and build the next generation of electronic devices.

http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoTRAXDEX/videos?view=0 (http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoTRAXDEX/videos?view=0)

These are tutorial videos not video ads.

Download it from

http://kov.com/Download/Dex.aspx (http://kov.com/Download/Dex.aspx)

Why is is DEX so cheap?  ($49)  or why are the others so expensive.
•   Very low overheads
•   Volume. When overheads are low they are quickly covered by sales.
•   I love DEX. DEX is a passion, not a 9-5 job.
•   I love seeing people using it.
•   I could make it free but I've got to eat!

There is only one version, no versions with restrictions - I believe this is dishonest.
What would you think if you bought a car and the passenger seats were chained up and the saleman demanded more to unchain them with each seat carrying an extra charge.

Regards
Iliya Kovac
The sole developer of DEX 2020 (Yes it's all me).
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: TonyD on Oct 11, 2012, 12:52 pm
nice pitch :-)

I checked out your video tutorials and was impressed by what I saw
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: stevovee on Oct 15, 2012, 10:49 pm
I have had a good experience using diptrace.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: codlink on Oct 16, 2012, 02:44 am

Well not exactly free but near enough!

The latest version of  AutoTRAX DEX 2020 is only $49.

Why is is DEX so cheap?  ($49)  or why are the others so expensive.

Iliya Kovac
The sole developer of DEX 2020 (Yes it's all me).


I have been using your program for a few hours now.  It's a good concept. 

1 question for now:  How do you change the value of components?  Searched your online manual without success.  (btw, when you expand a tree, it doesn't collapse. Running Opera.)

Your "Right Click" needs some help.  There is no Delete option for parts, but you have options to change settings for the entire program?
Also, when I close a panel and open the same one back up, my layout completely changes.
Cannot find any Crystals or ceramic caps.

My overall opinion of AUTOTrax from a new user stand point, Nice looking program.  With some tweaks here and there and more components, I think it could be a head turner.  I think it's worth the $49 price.  But to say it's a $200 program, nope.  If you keep it at $49, then you may get somewhere. 

My OS: Win7 x64 SP1 - Latest Updates
Browser: Opera 12.02 Build: 1578
CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1100T
MB: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600
GFX: 2x EVGA 580 3GB HydroCopper
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Ted888 on Nov 08, 2012, 12:14 am
I would Recommend EAGLES's PCB Designing Apllication (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/eagle-pcb-design-software/)!
You can try it in the free Mode and all the basics are activated, that's enough for the start.
Im using EAGLE for years now.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: jwatte on Nov 08, 2012, 06:46 am
Ted,

You know that the free version is only okay to use for non-commercial applications, right? Also, it only does 2-sided boards, and the max board size is 4x3.2 inches (100x80 mm) and it only does a single schematic page, no multi-page or hierarchical schematics.
Don't get me wrong; I'm very productive in Eagle, and it was the first program I recommended up above, but I think it's important to call out the limitations.

After reading the other recommendations in this thread, I've taught myself KiCAD, which seems to be the best free linux-compatible schematic-and-PCB tool you can find. It also runs on Windows and MacOSX. It does any number of schematics, it does hierarchy, it does any number of layers and any size board, and you can use it for things you sell or otherwise utilize commercially. If you need anything beyond the limitations of free Eagle, you have the option of paying > $600, or re-training on KiCAD or something similar. You might as well start training on KiCAD from the beginning :-)

Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: AutoTRAX on Dec 03, 2012, 07:56 pm
http://iliyakovac.com/free-but-not-free-or-im-off-to-cancun/ (http://iliyakovac.com/free-but-not-free-or-im-off-to-cancun/)

Free but not free or "I'm off to Cancun"

You wake up and the sun is shining. Yep, it's a great day. "I fancy a bit of that electronic designing that I keep hearing about" you proclaim as you drink your first coffee of the day.

So you power up the laptop, click on Google and wow loads of free PCB design software, "I'll have a bit of that" you announce to the world, but only the cat is in the room. The cat gives you a funny look.

You download the freebie feeling well pleased with your mastery of the internet and the bundles of cash you have just saved. You make a mental note to "book vacation in Cancun".

You start up the software and off you go, Edison "eat your heart out".

Your first Gizmo is a success.

A couple of months pass by. Now "let's turn Gizmo into Super Gizmo" you say with a big smile. So off you go, the freebie is up and running and you are well into the new design then bang, smash, wallop a dialog pops up saying you have reached the freebie limit and it's time to pay up. You yelp in pain. The Super Gizmo must be done; you've spent another 2 weeks on it. Out comes the plastic, you tap in a few digits ($500) then you are up and running.

The following week Super Gizmo is let loose on the world.

A couple of months later, you wake up with the cat licking your face, you thought it was the girl you meet last night but she dumped you as you both were leaving the bar. A bright idea enters your head "let's turn Super Gizmo into Mega Gizmo".  So off you go, the not so free freebie is up and running and you are well into the new design then bang, smash, wallop that darned dialog pops up again saying you have reached another limit and it's time to pay up. You yelp in pain. The Super Gizmo must be done; you've spent another 2 weeks on it. So you look for alternatives, you see DEX; it's real cheap and no limits. , "I'll have a bit of that" you yell. Download DEX but what's this? You can't move your design from the not so free freebie to DEX, the not so free freebie developers keep their file format secret. Nobody else can read it. You have been well and truly screwed.

Out comes the plastic, you tap in a few digits ($1000) then you are up and running.  You make a mental note "cancel Cancun". The cat hisses at you, turns round and legs it for the door.

The following week Mega Gizmo is let loose on the world and you wonder what to do during your vacation at home.

You have just been stung.

In the business it's called the Trojan Horse.

Regards
Iliya Kovac


Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: PedroDaGr8 on Dec 23, 2012, 05:16 am
AutoTRAX is correct about his analysis. Also the fact he posts on here is a good sign, truthfully I know very little about the program AutoTrax; so I can't say much about it.


In general finding the right PCB CAD is a bit like choosing an OS. There are benefits and downsides to them all and LOTS of fanboys.


EAGLE is the most commonly encountered CAD for the hobbyist. It's one of the OGs when it comes to PCB CAD for hobbyists.
Benefits:
HUGE userbase - this can't be understated. If you are having problems people often have EAGLE CAD installed and can help you.
Lots of parts libraries - since its the most common, lots of parts libraries for it. No need to re-invent the wheel if someone else has already amde it for you.
Free version

Downsides:
Can be a bit counterintuitive and intimidating to a new person.
Kind of difficult to make your own parts libraries (obviously difficulty is all relative)
Limits on board size make some designs unaffordable (if you want to make large boards with relatively few parts, it doesn't matter you still have to pay up)
Can be pricey if you want to use it for profit and need larger boards




KiCAD - the open source PCB CAD
Benefits:
Full featured
Free
Open-source
No limitations

Downsides:
Can be a bit counterintuitive and complex
As with many open-source projects feature creep can be an issue.
Can be buggy from time to time (usually pretty stable though)


DipTrace (full disclosure this is the one I use and prefer YMMV)
Benefits:
The one I found most intuitve
No board size limitations (just pin and signal layer limitations, no limit on ground planes or power planes)
By far the easiest to add parts and make your own custom libraries
The developers listen to the users
Prices and upgrading is logical (upgrading between levels, you just pay the difference between them)
Free non-profit version allows 2 signal layers,500 pins (this is a LOT actually in my experience)

Downsides:
Much smaller user base
The included libraries are kind of weirdly organized (getting better but still not great)
Not free
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: arin on Aug 16, 2013, 05:23 pm
That is true, these software designers let you into their world, make you get used to the luxuries and a week or two later, take your money and keep taking your money by releasing new versions which apparently only upgrade if you pay for it. Most of the time they claim they have fundamentally changed the software and now it designs by reading your brain waves or something like that but it's all the same thing, just new icons maybe. The easiest way to defeat them is find a good enough free software. Anyways, do try Designspark.com it's a really interesting software and it's better than many paid CAD software's out there.

pcb assembly (http://www.7pcb.co.uk/PCB-Assembly/)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: CrossRoads on Aug 16, 2013, 06:31 pm
@arin,
Please check the dates of posts you respond to - this topic is 8 months old now.
Moderator
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: buddy on Aug 21, 2013, 06:29 am
I can highly recommend the time effort to learn kicad. Kicad is truly opensource and license free to use. (It is worth going through the short pdf tutorial that comes with the package located under the help menu.)

Having also extensively used top end paid ECAD tools like Altium, I found kicad can still stand up against these big players. AFAIK, Eagle has restrictions in terms of layers and board size as well as being limited to non commercial use.

Regards,

Dale
www.GorillaBuilderz.com.au
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: remon404 on Oct 04, 2013, 08:59 pm
Hi,
Eagle's is Best, u can try Arduino too and
http://www.expresspcb.com/
http://www.freepcb.com/
http://actpcb.com

i would recommend u that Research on it . usually i used all of the software.
Thanks
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: 68tjs on Oct 06, 2013, 05:06 pm
Eagle is not opensource and free version is too limited:
- area max
- schematic can have only one sheet.
- PCB : Only two layer.

Schematic :
With Eagle  the schematics can not be more than one sheet.
With Kicak I can put the power supplies on a sheet and the microcontroller to another that is more readable.
Just have a look at the Due diagram : there are sub-parts of power schematics  throughout the single feuile  : is unreadable

PCB :
I made ??my prototype with proto-board and I use software to prepare the wiring.
The wires can cross without limit, this is equivalent to an unlimited number of layers
With the only two layers of Eagle I can not do anything.
With  the 16 layers of Kicad everything becomes possible.


Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: CrossRoads on Oct 06, 2013, 08:49 pm
I have been using Eagle since Fall 2010, and have done some pretty complex designs with it.
You can fit an amazing amount of stuff on 1 schematic sheet, I have not found that to be an issue.
I have done All my designs as 2 layer PCBs. With 4 layers, the price for a board jumps up. I have not even looked at 16 layer pricing, that's really for commercial designs.
I try to limit board sizes to 100mmx100mm, as prices for boards also increase a lot above that size.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: 68tjs on Oct 07, 2013, 08:16 am
I do not strictly speak about PCB but when you use  cupper wire and a soldering iron  to wire a protoboard.
In this case more than two layers is really useful to design the layout and routing  .

Also to be able to split  "intelligently" the schematic on multiple sheets is really usefull.
This is what most arduino competitors do and schematics are really more readable.
The diagram DUE is an example of what not to do.

We must expose all the advantages and disadvantage so that the applicant can make up their own mind.

PS : For your information Wiring Project has switch to Kicad.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: feralbeagle on Nov 04, 2013, 01:26 am
I agree with Buddy on Kicad,
Kicad is a good choice for a design. I have used it in past and plan on getting back to it. I really like it. Not limited.
Eagle has it's issues but it is very usable. I have used it in the past. It is suitable for production quantity PCBs. Free version is limited.
PCBExpress, aka Sunstone, offers PCB123 with new protoservice. I did not care for PCB123 though.
ExpressPCB is my choice for quick cheap prototype boards. The process is dirt simple like notepad for layout with no frills. They offer PCB fab linked with the schematic and layout tool. Their cheapest offer is 3 identical boards that are 3.8" by 2.5" for $51 with a 4 day turn around time. The designs are _not_transferable_ .This is not a tool that I would use for production quantity PCBs but I think some people do.

If you new to design layout, any of these tools will help you learn how it is done. Try them all. I did, they're free!

I am currently using Altium. It is very expensive and takes a long time to learn. Do not start here unless someone else is paying you to learn it.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: CrossRoads on Nov 04, 2013, 02:03 am
I used expresspcb
http://www.expresspcb.com/
for one board design. Where it is really limited is the lack of rubberbanding - and being able to visualize component interconnects is key to component placement and a board that can ultimately be routable. Also, it does not have any autorouting. Or linked schematic symbols and parts symbols. After that initial design, I have only used it for quick schematics here for discussion and for documenting component placements on wirewrap boards.

After that initial PCB, All my designs have been done using eagle. Here are just a few:
http://www.crossroadsfencing.com/BobuinoRev17/
I've tried to fit things into 3 basic sizes:
50x50mm for one PCB price point with iteadstudio, ($9.90 for 10 boards)
80x100mm for free eagle size limit, and also the size of Velleman ECS 1/2 protoboards,
and 100x100mm for the next PCB price point ($24.90 for 10 boards).
Bigger than that, the price starts to increase a lot, to like $48 for 5 boards for Mega Screw Shield size boards.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: omanhi on Nov 13, 2013, 03:52 am

Eagle is a very good piece of software. Specifically, the non-free versions scale up to much bigger targets. Meanwhile, you have all of those tools available for your 10x8 cm double-sided board as freeware (for non-commercial projects AFAICT).

Other free software you might want to check out:
- expresspcb: http://www.expresspcb.com/ (only works with their board making service)
- gEDA: http://www.gpleda.org/ (open source -- is to Eagle what Gimp is to Photoshop)
- pad2pad: http://www.pad2pad.com/
- Tina: http://www.tina.com/English/tina/ (includes some simulation capability)
- FreePCB: http://www.freepcb.com/ (open source -- it's more like MS Paint than a full system)


Thank you, I think I will try all the software that you take, and then select the best
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: TonyD on Nov 13, 2013, 02:00 pm
There's also DesignSpark PCB to add to that list

http://www.designspark.com/pcb
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Guiab on Dec 02, 2013, 07:14 am
I have not used, well? I am also looking for such a software, a lot of hope that the landlord can recommend.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Guiab on Dec 02, 2013, 07:17 am
I have not used, well? I am also looking for such a software, a lot of hope that the landlord can recommend.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: CrossRoads on Dec 02, 2013, 04:44 pm
Have you read the rest of this thread? What more can we say?
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: mrpi64 on Jan 24, 2014, 09:10 am
Is there an online designer that I can use?
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Joegi on Jan 24, 2014, 11:10 pm
...I'm using "Target3001" (there is a free version here: http://www.ibfriedrich.com/ (http://www.ibfriedrich.com/), but the commercial versions are also not very expensive). It is intuitive and easy to learn. I as a complete newbie managed to do this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIYZ0ldzJwY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIYZ0ldzJwY) as my first PCB!
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Thorsten on Jan 28, 2014, 12:53 pm
in my opionion, eagle offers the best free version of a pcb design application. easy to use and learn, perfect for beginners.
find it here (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/)

8)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: TonyD on Jan 28, 2014, 02:14 pm
DesignSpark PCB just got a new release to v6

http://www.designspark.com/pcb
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Lakes on Jan 30, 2014, 10:58 am
I wish KiCad had a "proper" forum instead of a Yahoo group.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: mikeZ337 on Jan 31, 2014, 12:20 pm

Is there an online designer that I can use?

yes: http://123d.circuits.io/
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: EricaDepp on Apr 26, 2014, 08:30 am
There are many PCB design applications but I generally use OrCAD. Here are some more application which can be useful for you: Altium, Allegro, Expedition, Eagle, Board Station, Cadstar, ProTel, Tango, PADS…

these are best software to design PCB (http://pcbmaking.com/).

Good luck!
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Fabstream on May 07, 2014, 04:30 am
Check out FabStream from DownStream Technologies. It's free capture, layout and auto-routing integrated with online PCb procurement to minimize errors during manufacturing. The software was acquired from Cadence Design Systems and enhanced for the DIY PCB engineer. No limits in layer, pin or size. Online Drc. Push and shove routing. Intelligent copper pours. Any angle part rotation. All the features you would pay thousands for from Mentor, Altium, and Zuken. Far surpasses eagle, design spark and and Autotrax.  Real forums, real support. State of the art user interface, secure ecommerce for online PCB ordering. PCBs are low cost, high quality, made in the USA and shipped anywhere in the world. 

Check it out...

Www.fabstream.com for free software download!
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: dfernseb on Sep 19, 2014, 11:35 pm
Altium just announced the release of their new free PCB design tool.  From what I've seen so far it looks really cool and full featured!

http://circuitmaker.com/
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Grumpy_Mike on Sep 19, 2014, 11:50 pm
Bit of a useless link. It does not say what OS it runs under and it is only free "to start with". It says you can buy enhancements but makes no mention as to what they are.

So I find they are not up front with this product and in my experience this is always a bad thing. A suck you in and then screw you operation?
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: rperezPCB on Jan 19, 2015, 04:40 pm
I need a PCB designing application which will be FREE....

I mostly need to make double sided PCBs.. I use eagle...Anything much better that that..?
Advanced Circuits' PCB Artist is the absolute best FREE PCB layout software! and it also runs a file check to ensure proper manufacturability of your printed circuit board design for free.

http://www.4pcb.com/free-pcb-layout-software/
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Hackscribble on Jan 19, 2015, 06:35 pm
Quote
I wish KiCad had a "proper" forum instead of a Yahoo group.
There is a (relatively new) forum at http://www.kicad.info (http://www.kicad.info)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: audioreal on Apr 01, 2015, 09:31 am
I've been using the free version of Eagle for simple designs so far and I got no complain about it. Is there any free edition of another program worth checking? (Meaning that it may be offering more than Eagle).
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: luk138 on May 27, 2015, 02:41 pm
I recommend this pcb assembly (http://www.bornico.com/electronics-manufacturing-services-pcb-and-smt-assembly/)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: onapthanh on Jun 03, 2015, 04:26 am
I think that although i have used kiCad, eagle but they lack in the simulation thing. I've taught myself KiCAD, which seems to be the best free linux-compatible schematic-and-PCB tool you can find. It also runs on Windows and MacOSX. I´m working to make: lioa (http://lioa.net) to protect our house safety
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: alexmu on Jun 11, 2015, 08:25 am
well, you can also refer to Elecrow PCB service (http://www.elecrow.com/services-c-73.html) and there are many free design for your reference. It is cost-effective!!
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: SagarDev on Jun 22, 2015, 04:27 pm
Fritzing is awesome. You can create PCBs,Circuit Diagrams,Realistic view and also you can write programs and you can upload it on your programmer. It also automatically converts b/w modes described above. It is totally cool.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: CrossRoads on Jun 22, 2015, 04:33 pm
"Fritzing is awesome"
Sure, just look at any of the fritzing schematics posted here in the forum.  They all stink!
Most folks can't get past pictures of wires attached to little non-descript black boxes that tell you nothing of their functionality - not even which pins are B-E-C or G-S-D on simple transistor.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: peterkrause on Jun 24, 2015, 02:37 am
It depends on your project and PCB size. I have been using Eagle since a few years and it works very well for me. Nonetheless, you need to familiarize yourself with the PCB design software. But this may be true for other PCB applications as well. Usually, you should feel comfortable with Eagle after about one week.

There are also various Eagle tutorials on the Internet. Plus, if you encounter a problem, many Internet/Eagle users are willing to help you quickly.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: MikeKeens on Jul 01, 2015, 04:44 pm
A list of PCB design software can be seen here:-

http://www.surfacemountprocess.com/pcb-design-software.html

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: robertpeng on Jul 31, 2015, 10:19 am
1. protel、Altium Designer
2. Mentor pads
3. Cadence
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: dscpcb on Oct 08, 2015, 02:16 pm
Would like to recommend Eagle .Free Eagle is limited to 2 layers, if I remember correctly. You may want to go with KiCAD, the learning curve is much steeper than the rest mentioned, but is not a restricted version...
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: SalomonSchwarz on Nov 04, 2015, 07:49 pm
I use eagle  (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/product-overview/) for years and I am quite happy. What I really like about eagle are the good tutorials and community that help you get started. Also check out their webinar
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: jean_howard on Jan 05, 2016, 02:03 pm
Hello,

I am using Eagle, Design spark & KiCAD for my Free PCB designing. Check it.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: nanduh on Apr 29, 2016, 09:15 am
I am using proteus..there are also some tools available online recently i cam across...here is the list
https://openhardwarelabs.com/pcb-design-software/
http://www.electronicshub.org/electronics-circuit-darwing-softwares/

Proteus and is bit complex but has many features....i used kicad which is very simple and unerstable to beginners
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: landyvlad on Jun 17, 2016, 05:03 am
Ok as there appears to be overlap, I am looking for a program that is great for circuit diagrams.  Not just for our stuff but for motor vehicle wiring looms etc.

So what's the best free program/s and especially if itself-optimises the drawing that'd be perfect.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: martiJacobs on Jul 29, 2016, 03:30 am
I like DesignSparl PCB
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: koosjr on Jul 30, 2016, 08:19 am
I use Easeyeda.com

Online and works very well for me.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: RoyTobby on Sep 18, 2016, 12:39 pm
I've used EasyEDA since last year and have been impressed by their service.
EasyEDA provides a free web based PCB design tool (https://easyeda.com/) for anyone involved in electronics design and able to share the work with others. The tool allows you to import an old design from several other circuit maker tools, it has the ability to export the designs and simulation results in .PNG or .SVG formats, and can be a host for your partners and colleagues if they want to work on your projects.

They also can generate the Gerbers (which are free to download and can be used with any PCB fab house: there's no tie to EasyEDA). From within EasyEDA, the Gerbers can be submitted straight to EasyEDA for fab. It is equally possible to submit 3rd party Gerbers to EasyEDA for fab.

There are lots of examples on the site and a useful tutorial.

https://easyeda.com/explore (https://easyeda.com/explore)

https://easyeda.com/Doc/Tutorial/ (https://easyeda.com/Doc/Tutorial/)
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: AutoTRAX on Sep 24, 2016, 04:47 pm
Free, no limits (non-commercial) PCB design with DEX

I've just changed the software license for AutoTRAX DEX. By default it is free with absolutely no limits except it must be used for non-commercial use. There are no time, board size, pin count, layer count limits. If you want to use it for commercial project  then it costs only $49.

Latest version comes with complete Arduino Uno demo.

The website had changed to http://DexPCB.com (http://DexPCB.com)

I have added vastly improved 3D including real-time shadows, reflections and texture maps.

(http://dexpcb.com/Images/DexUno.jpg)


See the video... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrmFrY-UDH8)



I would love to hear from you guys.

Iliya Kovac
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: tertilo on Oct 01, 2016, 09:32 am
I have been using Eagle for some years because there are many tutorials, libraries what I can quickly search on the internet. However, it honestly is not an easy to use or comfortable to me and not an advanced software as my point of view. It takes me quite long time to finish a pcb.

Welcome and appreciate with all your review and sharing.

Regards,
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: SalomonSchwarz on Oct 27, 2016, 11:53 am
Besides the EAGLE freeware, there is a educational license you can use with an valid edu-e-mai address. It has the same features as the Maker licence (https://cadsoft.io/pricing/ (https://cadsoft.io/pricing/)).
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Prop-Forge on Oct 27, 2016, 06:53 pm
I've used EasyEDA since last year and have been impressed by their service.
EasyEDA provides a free web based PCB design tool (https://easyeda.com/) for anyone involved in electronics design and able to share the work with others. The tool allows you to import an old design from several other circuit maker tools, it has the ability to export the designs and simulation results in .PNG or .SVG formats, and can be a host for your partners and colleagues if they want to work on your projects.

They also can generate the Gerbers (which are free to download and can be used with any PCB fab house: there's no tie to EasyEDA). From within EasyEDA, the Gerbers can be submitted straight to EasyEDA for fab. It is equally possible to submit 3rd party Gerbers to EasyEDA for fab.

There are lots of examples on the site and a useful tutorial.

https://easyeda.com/explore (https://easyeda.com/explore)


https://easyeda.com/Doc/Tutorial/ (https://easyeda.com/Doc/Tutorial/)

I'm assuming you're a sales guy for EasyEDA?

I attempted to use it and found it to be utter garbage.

I taught myself EAGLE a few years ago, and after I figured out the basic functionality, haven't needed to look anywhere else. Granted, I stick with through-hole 2-sided, but it does that very well. I find making new parts, even esoteric ones to be relatively simple.

If I care about a 3-D model of the board, I just build it in CATIA.
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: Moeengine on Jan 01, 2017, 03:00 pm
I started to learn Kicad, it look powerful so far
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: ozphobia on Jan 29, 2017, 02:59 am
Free, no limits (non-commercial) PCB design with DEX

I've just changed the software license for AutoTRAX DEX. By default it is free with absolutely no limits except it must be used for non-commercial use. There are no time, board size, pin count, layer count limits. If you want to use it for commercial project  then it costs only $49.
I followed the link and when I go to download it says that it isn't the full version.

"It is the full version but without plottings and Gerber output until you enter a valid software key, which you need to purchase."

John
Title: Re: What is the best free PCB designing application..??
Post by: janurmas on Apr 01, 2017, 10:44 am
The EAGLES's PCB Designing Apllication from Autodesk is a good one I think. However, there are so many drawbacks if compared to the premium version. You can try the free version, you don't need to upgrade if the free version meets your product designing needs.