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2020-09-16 11:15
Rezensionen von cflin

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KiCAD is a superb tool. In order to take full advantage of KiCAD, people should realize that, thanks to its open source nature, it has a very rich ecosystem. I would like to address some of the points Chuck brings up in his posting of 2020-05-09, below. There are excellent add-on scripts for teardrops, RF layout, autorouting, part generation from datasheets (e.g. KiPart). KiCAD also has a very usable constraint manager Even BOM generation (KiPart) may be possible by a script, but recently all the major distributors (Digikey, Mouser, Newark,..) started employing ant-scraping technologies on their web sites, which prevents KiCost from compiling cost information for the BOM. KiCAD's 3D capabilities are superb, thanks to the KiCADstepUP script, which essentially marries KiCAD to the also open-source and highly capable mechanical CAD FreeCAD. KiCADstepUP (which is a FeeCAD script) facilitates easy push-pull between the two packages and can read KiCAD pcb files and footprints and push pcbs and footprints to KiCAD flawlessly, and also comes with handy tools which help align 3D files to footprints. There is also a database manager for KiCAD on github, but unfortunately it is not UTF-8 compatible (but neiher is OrCAD). At work, I use OrCAD and Allegro. They do not scale very well with large projects either (they are trying to, but crippling bugs in their relevant tools decrease their reliability) and they are full of annoying bugs (and Cadence charges an arm and a leg for them!). Two wrongs don't make a right (certainly Allegro has more tools available, so more opportunities for bugs to creep in) , but please get the facts straight because there is a lot of misinformation out there about (against) KiCAD.
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Open source, rich echosystem of add-ons (KiCADstepUP for 3D, KiCost for programmatic BOM generation, RF layout tools, via stitching tools, autorouter...). Fast response by the developers themselves on the KiCAD forum. Very rapid development (CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which operates the world's largest atom smasher, adopted KiCAD in 2013). pcb is highly scriptable in Python. Active efforts to interface KiCAD to the open-source QUCS RF simulator, FreeCAD mcad, LTspice, and, to a lesser extend, open-source openEMS 3D electromagnetics simulator.
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Lack of a UTF-8 compatible library manager (there is one which is not UTF-8 compatible). Lack of ODB++ support (this is a very closed standard, though). Padstack could be better (but this is expected to change in the upcoming version 6). The At the moment, file conversion only from Eagle is nearly flawless (but the file structure of closed-source software is closed, so it is not easy to write translators for them).

2020-09-11 07:01
Rezensionen von Audio_IT_Guy

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Years ago, I got a degree in EE. I used this degree in my career for several years, then hit a dry spell. To make myself more marketable, I got a second degree in Digital Media (DM), with an emphasis on audio engineering and video production. Ironically, the best university around for both these degrees was the same one. Fast forward a few more years, and I landed a job at at my Alma Mater as an adjunct instructor. Until this, I hadn't needed a schematic cad system in ages, not since the days of Orcad and Pspice for DOS. Now, however I suddenly found myself needing one again. One of the classes I've been given to teach is an electronics for audio engineers class. This class didn't exist when I got my DM degree. Somehow, the department seems to think that I'm the only teacher they have that's qualified to teach this, right down to creating the curriculum!
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It's FREE. It is fairly intuitive to learn and use. It has a decent part creation / editing tool.
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Importing libraries from other, commercial systems is not easy.

2020-07-10 05:52
Rezensionen von snakeangeli

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exelent software, de los software oprnsource el mejor que he visto, de diseño profesional y tecnico como el mejor de los sistemas pagos.