Have a look at Easy-PC: http://www.numberone.com
Have a look at ExpressPCB. They have a free schematic cad program and a free
board layout program. You order boards directy from them, on line, and their
prices are not bad. It's great for small boards and small runs.
"Jim Douglas" <james....@genesis-software.com> wrote in message
>I am looking for something basic to use at home for small projects. I have
> downloaded a few examples, PCB Wizard I like, Eagle Layout Editor seems
> much. Has anyone used the PCB Wizard product? Any other recommendations?
> I am also using the student version of CircuitMaker, which is GREAT! I
> understand at one time it had with it a product "TraxMaker"? but sure
> find it in the version I have?
> Jim Douglas
Folks sure do throw arond that word *free* a lot.
This is properly called Hobbyist Demoware. (I almost said hobbiest.)
No *functions* have been crippled,
but the free version does 80mm x 100mm 2-layer boards maximum.
For many folks that is enough.
A biz (legally) needs to plunk down $50 to use it to make products.
To get 160mm x 100mm & 4 layers is $200 (layout module);
the demo Schematic Editor will still work (sorta
--batch files to swap registered/demoware password).
Full usability is $400 per module;
licence only what you need or go hog-wild.
...but yeah. It's good stuff.
At this point someone usually mentions
the not-like-usual-Windoze-apps interface
(which takes some getting used to).
OTOH, gEDA/PCB is/are gratis (and libre) and will run under CYGWIN
(or natively under Linux--again, free):
Eagle is by far the best package out there. The rest is mostly junk which
fools people into thinking it's easy to use just because it has a
Windows-like interface. Eagle does require some learning but if you read the
tutorial manual you will be fine and in the end you will be much more
productive with the Eagle interface.
"Mark" <mjoh...@stny.rr.com> wrote in message
The Cadsoft guys handle this by having 2 newsgroups:
1 ostensibly for user-to-user
and 1 ostensibly for asking the company guys.