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Re: Have you tried design spark?
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On 09/10/2010 03:05 PM, Lorenzo Marcantonio wrote:
> Since Farnell bought Eagle, RS responded with their own package, design
> spark PCB...
> They call it 'The World’s Most Powerful Free Schematic and PCB Layout
> Tool' (copy and paste from their web page :D). A little googling shown
> that it could be probably a rebranded entry level cad from the pulsonix
Well, then this makes kicad "God's Free Schematic and PCB Layout Tool".
> Anyway I've *a lot* of thing to disprove this :D:D from a cursory glance
> (in mixed order):
> - Zoom is still at the x2 /2 stage :P:P and you have to ctrl-wheel to do
> it with the mouse;
> - No netname on pads/tracks
Only bad things thus-far. :)
> - Plots are very customizable (something like the eagle postpro)
> - They have truetype support for gerber... a raster fill implementation
> like that I suggested. Results are... well... questionable :P Most
> probably they didn't hinted during rasterizing.
> - It can import DXFs for the board
> - I don't get *why* technology files should keep color preferences
Aren't all things windows bloated by definition?
> - It supports courtyards (using assembly layers). Well, there is no
> 'fixed' layer, they're customizable (but I don't know if it flips them
> correctly, then...)
I _want_ this in kicad One top courtyard, and one bottom courtyard. I'm
not requesting from anyone to implement this, but it is a much coveted
> Said that (about one hour of experimentation, so it's not an indepth
> review) I can say that there is some idea to pick from them. But I'd
> like to say their motto is dead wrong XD
Yes, we can learn from their mistakes. :p
Oh, their website says:
> Please be encouraged to share your designs, libraries and tips so other users can benefit from your experience.
That's hypocritical coming from any proprietary/closed-source software.
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