Eagle is horrible to use, and not really free, it's free in the sense of "free advertising" for CadSoft Clearly the best free software for a beginner is Kicad. It still has some rough edges, but is capable of professional quality production. With support from CERN, it can only get better.
google resultsEagle PCB over 3 million hitskicad 520,000fritzing over 300,000winQCad 27,600
Numbers don't say it all.
Clearly the best free software for a beginner is Kicad.
yeah sure ... I also was unsure for a longer period if I really should move from Eagle to KiCad. And of course there are also good reasons to choose Eagle. At the end of the day everybody has to decide for himself which tool he wants to use - depending on the personal preferences.One point against Eagle: I think the licence model of the new version is really a pain. CADSOFT now requests the ID of the computer you want to install Eagle in the new 7.0.0 version ... and you can install it only on two machines (PC + Laptop for example). This can cause problems if you move to a new PC for example.