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This is not strictly an embedded system or test equipment deal, but perhaps some folks here might want a truly bad-ass CAD package. Back in the day, I used to do a lot of 2D and 3D CAD. FormZ is probably the most capable modeler I've ever used for engineering purposes. It is also rather easy to use and has a friendly UI. Today I certainly use FormZ to design complex copper patterns beyond the ability of the drawing tools in Eagle, DipTrace, or even Altium, Allegro, etc. FormZ also has bulletproof file conversion for tons of 2D and 3D CAD formats. It is still $700, but if you think you
Hi everyone, I am in the process of evaluating which tool might be more suitable for the design of relatively simple boards. From the alternatives that I found, diptrace and eagle seem to be the top contenders. These are clearly tools not intended for complex jobs, although they can get the thing done for a fraction of the cost of more capable tools. I think eagle has a cumbersome way of defining the coverage of vias with soldermask. The management of component libraries would be better if eagle had an automated way of updating a landpattern accross all libraries that make use of it.