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I'll check out Express PCB and compare/contrast it with 4PCB.com
and their free software PCB Artist..........4PCB of Colorado as a quick
turn no frills for prototypes......wherein they etch to board and send
it back = just over the weekend = so you can check out your design.....
with this quicky, you don't get the printing on the PCB.....but
is cheap and quick for a check of a layout.
Later, Uncle Phil..........Happy Holidays you-all....72!
Jerry Haigwood wrote:
Hi John and Terry,
Several companies making PCBs will accept the files from ExpressPCB
(Futurlec.com, Far Circuits, etc.). Also, you can convert the
ExpressPCB files to Gerber files using a program called Copper
Connection. Almost all board houses will accept Gerber files.
"building something without
experimenting is just solder practice"
----- Original Message -----
*From:* John R. Lonigro
*To:* 4sqrp@... ;
*Sent:* Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:18 AM
*Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] Digikey Schematic Drawing Program
go to Expresspcb.com and you can download similar free software.
They have express_sch and express_pcb. Both are very similar to
each other in operation, except one makes schematics and the other
makes PCB patterns. While it doesn't give you digi-key part
numbers, it does print out a bill of materials. Also, once you
design it, you can
order the PCB from them (not free). Another
feature is you can link a schematic to your PCB design. While
designing the PCB, when you click a pin on a part, it highlights
all the other parts/pins that pin is supposed to connect to.
One advantage of the DIgikey software is, being web-based, it
works with Linux as well as Windows. The Express software only
works on Windows.
We're expecting a houseful of company tomorrow, so all my hobby
stuff is temporarily put away. It will come out again on Thursday.
Happy holidays, everyone!
On 12/24/2013 09:52 AM, WA0ITP wrote:
This is being discussed on EMRFD and it seems amazing to me. Draw
schematic and the program fills in the part numbers and creates a
project and order at the same time. Check it out.
Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !