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

Chris Albertson albertson.chris at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 01:33:34 EST 2017

Typo:  At the HOBBY level.

Professionally they make things like cell phones and set top boxes and
AV Receivers where now days the case the PCB need to be integrated and
have an ability to 3D print a prototype then send the same CAD file to
production.  That is their goal.    There is talk over on the
Fusion360 blog about long term goals

Another one for Eagle is collaboration.  That is where a group of
designers all work on the product, basically from home and when they
are done, al the parts fit

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:28 PM, Chris Albertson
<albertson.chris at gmail.com> wrote:
> Right on their main page is a FREE download link.  Eagle has always
> had a free version and a paid version.   The free version is limited
> to 2 schematic sheets, 2 signal layers, and 80 cm2 board area.  I
> think this might be very slightly better then in the past.
> The good news for users is that now there is a billion dollar company
> behind Eagle.   If they run Eagle anything like they do Fusion 360, be
> prepared for a continuous flood of updates and new features.
> One of the new features they are talking about is integration from
> Fusion so you can make the entire product in one CAD system,  At the
> holy level this might be a PCB with a custom 3D printed housing so the
> buttons on the PCB match up with holes on the housing.  Fusion is
> parametric so when an outline changes on a part on a PCB the housing
> hole can move if its location was defined as "centered over that
> part".
> Eagle has seen very slow progress in the past, I expect the feature
> set and ease of use and training materials to take off now that a big
> company is tossing lots of money at it.
> On Thu, 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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Chris Albertson
Redondo Beach, California

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