Suggestions on the Best Free EDA tool for Beginners

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by MaxBlack, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. MaxBlack

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      Hello everyone, just a quick opinion survey, what EDA do you think is best and why? Something that is hopefully often updated and is stable. I have looked into EasyEDA and Designspark, but are there any other EDAs there that you think is awesome?

      Opinions are highly appreciated, Thanks
     
  2. Aleph(0)

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    Sorry about second hand news cuz I don't need that kind of tool but everyone I know who does raves about Cadence Orcad:)
     
  3. Hypatia's Protege

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    Yupper! I'm one of 'em!:):):)

    Sincerely
    HP :)
     
  4. Rock Slate

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    I would suggest Kicad
     
  5. MaxBlack

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    Thanks for your suggestion. Although I have not used it,I know KiCad is open source and free, also many people like it. my friend highly recommended me to use EasyEDA , I have a try, It's really easy to drive. Besides, EasyEDA has powerful functions,It offers schematic capture, spice simulation and PCB design - including Gerber download - for free.
    The best thing for me is there are lots of examples on the site ,for example,https://easyeda.com/martin/MSP430_Mood_Light-t3lDxP6oiand and has a useful tutorial.https://easyeda.com/Doc/Tutorial/
     
  6. MaxBlack

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    Cadence Orcad is indeed a very powerful and professional software, but It is not free and not so easy for a beginner.thank you;)
     
  7. nerdegutta

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    How about EagleCAD?
     
  8. Aleph(0)

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    I say cheap and easy is as cheap and easy does;)! Time and money invested now is better than need to unlearn and relearn tomorrow:)!
     
  9. dl324

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    EDA covers a lot more than just schematic/PCB layout and circuit simulation. When I think of EDA, I think of IC layout, parasitic extraction, layout vs schematic comparison, cell place and route, ...
    But from the context, you appear to mean a very small subset. In which case, I use Eagle
     
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