[time-nuts] OT: Eagle PC CAD now Autodesk, $500/year

Nick Sayer nsayer at kfu.com
Fri Jan 20 00:38:15 EST 2017

I think the alternative with the greatest momentum at the moment is KiCAD.

I haven’t tried KiCAD yet. The problem I have is that I have a ton of libraries and projects I’d have to convert. I suspect that there is automation to perform the import (or soon will be), but it’s basically NRE that I’m not looking forward to. That doesn’t really change with whatever option I pick, other than sticking with EAGLE. I’m not yet 100% convinced Autodesk won’t reverse course on this, unless they really *do* want EAGLE to die the death of a thousand cuts.

> On Jan 19, 2017, at 7:52 PM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist <richard at karlquist.com> wrote:
> Off topic, but probably a lot of disgrunted Eagle users on this list.
> Its official, you will now have to pay $500 per year for a
> professional license from Autodesk.  The spin meistering of the
> announcement would make George Orwell proud.  I don't see any way they
> can keep me from just using the license I currently own, at least
> on the OS's it supports.  (Parenthetically, like many users, I
> am also digging in my heels in terms of staying at Windows 7).
> Still, the question arises:  are there any affordable alternatives?
> Don't have to be entirely free.  I am looking for any trends out
> there as to what tool will attract a critical mass of users in
> the future.  There is strength in numbers.
> Comments?
> Rick N6RK
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