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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.
  • We can't mirror the view of the PCB, so that we could see the bottom from below (instead of seing text right-to-left)
  • I whish eagle had a way to design a track ending that could gradualy decrease width up to the point it reaches the pad with the pad's own width (thus not covering 3 pads at once :]
  • Eagle's user interface is well.... a world of its own. It has a steep learning curve, but, once we get the hang of it, it can be used efficiently, specially if we use the command line interface

These are my rants on eagle, or at least what I can remember now.

 

I tried diptrace (by trying I mean install and run if for the first time :grin: ) and noticed the following:

  • The library and part chooser in the schematic editor are well... ugly and hardly useable.
  • Some of the dialogues remind me of windows 3.1 (yup, that's right).

And so I gave up exploring diptrace beyond that point.

 

I don't care much about builtin component libraries, as I tend to build my own when I need something new for a design.

 

Whats are your main criticisms about eagle and/or diptrace?

 

This is not intended to start a flame war or any kind of inflated/passionate standpoints.

I'd just like to know what are generally known weak points of each tool so that me, and others, know what to count with, when adopting one or the other.

 

Thanks!

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I build all my own stuff too, and I love diptrace.

 

There are still features I haven't explored yet but the main thing that steered me to it is the size restrictions for the free d/l of Eagle (diptrace limits by "pins", a far better measure IMO); I had a toner-transfer PCB project I was doing that required a large board so Eagle was out.

 

Never regretted going with diptrace. Someday I may buy the commercial licensed versions when I need more than 300 pins in a board.

 

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