[time-nuts] Schematic capture: KiCad?

Robert Atkinson robert8rpi at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Feb 24 07:22:24 UTC 2012

I've also used KiCAD. The inability to do 100x160mm Eurocards on the free version of Eagle was the killer for me. I also have a british program called EasyPC.
Robert G8RPI.

From: beale <beale at bealecorner.com>
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement <time-nuts at febo.com> 
Sent: Friday, 24 February 2012, 6:16
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Schematic capture: KiCad?

In case you haven't already had enough suggestions: KiCad is an open-source option. It is much less popular/well known than Eagle, but it is free, has no* limitations on layers, parts, or board size. Runs on Linux and Windows. All design files are in plain text format, hence easy to parse by eye or other tools as desired.  There is some learning curve, as with all CAD tools.  I laid out this simple decade divider PCB using KiCad:  http://bealecorner.com/pcb/dd1/  and it wasn't too bad.  It has an active user's group list.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/kicad-users/  <- user's group mailing list
http://kicad.sourceforge.net/wiki/Main_Page  <- main project page
http://teholabs.com/knowledge/kicad.html    <- tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkQ0nVX1q1k  <- video tutorial

*actually, a maximum of 16 layers, and 44 x 44 inches in size. *Usually* that is not a limitation :-)

Like others here, I recommend against "free" single-vendor lock-in tools that won't give you Gerber output and easy design portability.

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