I've downloaded a bunch of cracked versions of these fancier programs. Alot of them are overwelming and take some serious time to learn.
hi !!!Kevin, Russ,Hi kevin!!Waqas148 is there a PCB Board for your shematic in the works? , Russ Wants one as well... I'd be willing to make put it together on Express PCB. I also don't completely understand the circuit yet.
Waqas148 I highly recommend ExpressPCB and ExpressSCH for drawing schematics and PCB's. These were Russ's recomendations, and after downloading just about every program, this was my top pick as well and especially for userability.
---How too make custom parts. Select Part, Go to Component/Ungroup Component turn them into whatever you want, then Regroup.. and presto. and Its totally free, so easy to share and edit with one another
i currently dont have any PCB of the schematic... as i built it on the Bread Board to test it.... but i would try to make a PCB of it asap but i think it would take time coz i as i said before that i am currently working on a PIC micro based circuit and nowadays i am working on its PCB ( i use Proteus for PCB)
thanx for the advice ... i will look at the ExpressPCB software... ;)
ExpressPCB is usefull for simple pcb design but lacks a lot of important functions like simulation, autorouter, gerber files.I think there is a need to decide on which software to use. I think there are two good alternatives (both open source software):
- gEDA suite (linux-mac, partial windows binaries available)
- KiCAD (all platforms)
Any ideas on this?
i use proteus, which has simulation autoplacer, autorouter , gerber output , pdf output and many more... but its a little expensive to buy... else someone downloads the portable version :P
what is autorouter, gerber files? Is Auto Placer for laying out PCB? Russ Explained to me not to trust the auto placer, and to do PCB by hand. So I have.
Keep in mind alot of us may only need a program to draw a schematic and PCB layout. I personally don't have time to learn these fancy programs. But If your a hardcore electronics guru then to each there own.
The downfall to ExpressPCB is it is only for windows. So maybe gEDA suite or KiCAD could be an option . So Far I am really happy with Express PCB with how easy it was to start using right away and to create parts (A downfall was not being able to cut from one window and paste into another)
Maybe we should start a new form for this discussion?