Suggestions on the Best Free EDA tool for Beginners

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MaxBlack

Joined Oct 29, 2015
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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
 

Aleph(0)

Joined Mar 14, 2015
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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:)
 

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MaxBlack

Joined Oct 29, 2015
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I would suggest Kicad
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/
 

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MaxBlack

Joined Oct 29, 2015
6
Sorry about second hand news cuz I don't need that kind of tool but everyone I know who does raves about Cadence Orcad:)
Cadence Orcad is indeed a very powerful and professional software, but It is not free and not so easy for a beginner.thank you;)
 

Aleph(0)

Joined Mar 14, 2015
591
Cadence Orcad is indeed a very powerful and professional software, but It is not free and not so easy for a beginner.thank you;)
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:)!
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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what EDA do you think is best and why?
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, ...
I have looked into EasyEDA and Designspark, but are there any other EDA...
But from the context, you appear to mean a very small subset. In which case, I use Eagle
 
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