Is Eagle PCB design software easy to use?

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Is Eagle PCB design software easy to use?
August 23, 2018 - 12:44pm

Hi guys,

I have been using Proteus for schematic drawing, and sometimes for simulation and PCB designing. 

But the problem is it doesn't not export the PCB design in gerber format. I searched for some good PCB designing softwares and found that Autodesk Eagle, OrCad, kicad are some good softwares. Are these softwares are easy to learn, specifically Eagle, or there are some other good softwares for beginners?

 

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First of all, if you are
August 23, 2018 - 1:41pm

First of all, if you are using Proteus then you can export your PCB design as Gerber file, may be you are using very old version. Also in trial version you would not be able to do it.

Secondly if you are a beginner then Eagle or Orcad might be difficult for you, they have steep learing curve and specially designed for the professionals.

There are many other easier PCB designing softwares, but for a beginner I will recommend EasyEDA and Fritzing, they both are free, easy to use and available in both offline and online version. I suggest you to use online, it have lot of features. Further you can find many articles on internet to find and compare PCB softwares, one such article is available on this website itself How to Choose The Best PCB Design Software

 

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Thanks for the suggestion
August 23, 2018 - 5:06pm

Thanks for the suggestion Maddy. But i have checked Fritzing doesn't allow simulation.

Apart from that EasyEDA looks more simple and easy to use. 

I also checked your mentioned article, its really helpful.

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EasyEDA community is good
August 23, 2018 - 9:46pm

I am also a big fan of EasyEDA, they have very goof user community so you can find symbols and footprints for almost any component. Also since it is cloud based and free software I do not find any reason not to use it. 

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No 3D view option on EasyEDA
August 23, 2018 - 9:56pm

Yeah Easy EDA is good and it also a auto-rout feature which is awesome. 

But KiCAD is also very good and it has a 3D option which you can use to visualize your PCB board in 3D model. This helps you realize your product much more easier especially while designing your casings.

This feature has always helped me to impress my clients. Sticking on to the question Eagle is a paid version and is also very good. It also has this 3D export option and a good collection of libraries. Also it is universal hence you will not face any problem while exporting your designs 

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Eagle gets much popularity
August 27, 2018 - 11:24am

Eagle gets much popularity from hundreds of thousands of engineers, makers, students and even hobbyists in open source hardware communities due to its powerful yet easy-to-use functions.

However, there are also some other powerful PCB design software for beginners. To name a few:

DipTrace is popular and budget friendly PCB design software package with a fairly robust set of features. It's easy to learn and available in a free, albeit limited, version and has very reasonable pricing for its unlimited version. It is well suited to hobbyist and those new to the creation of PCBs.

PCB Wizard is a powerful PCB design suite that allows users to create single and dual sided PCB designs. It is perfect for hobbyists and those are that just starting out in the field of PCB design. Offered as freeware, it further lends itself to non-professional users.

You may find a further PCB design software survey here.