[time-nuts] Schematic capture, anyone?

ken johnson bats059 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 24 06:42:17 UTC 2012

Hi Jim, for many years (over 20) I have used protel (now altium)
autotrax- not that I am recommending it to you, but it is a very
simple and intuitive program to use and I base my opinion of all the
others on it. All the more modern ones I have tried are, for the most
part, from fairly, to extremely, counter-intuitive.
Until I came across Target 3001.


 It took me only a an hour or so to produce my first board with the
free version using the autorouter and schematic capture, which for me
is a very short learning curve! What I was also impressed with is the
3d image of the board which you can rotate to check component
clearances, etc.

Like Bruce, I persevered with eagle for a while, even got some boards
out if, but it was bloody hard work, and about as counter-intuitive as
they come so I gave up on that.

Having said all that, load 'em all on your machine and have a play-
different strokes for different folks.

On 2012-02-24 11:38, Jim Hickstein wrote:
> What do people use these days for schematic capture (and just possibly PCB layout), for
> low-budget homebrew stuff? It's been so long since I did this, I still own a T-square and
> a pile of contemporary relics like rules and triangles. I'll get out my pencil sharpener
> if I have to. But really, this must be a solved problem by now. For less than $300? I only
> need TTL, not striplines or any black magic like that.

Cheers, Ken
vk7krj at users.tasmanet.com.au

'It seems hard to sneak a look at God's cards. But that He plays dice and uses
"telepathic" methods .... is something that I cannot believe for a single
moment.'     (Einstein's famous quote on Quantum theory)

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