Eagle Vs MultiSim & UltiBoard PowerPro Edition

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Hey Guys,

 

I've arrived at the point where I need to decide on a suitable Schematic and PCB application, 

For the past 4 years I have always used National Instruments multisim and ultiboard 11 power pro edition which has great features like interfacing directly with labview for FPGA based platforms but what frustrates me is every thing is in there proprietary format, the libraries are small and I have have to create a lot o components manually, I have been looking into eagle and noticed a lot more in terms of support and libraries meaning ill spend less time creating components than the PCB and schematic which is a bonus. 

 

Has anyone used eagle and multisim ultiboard and can give an ideal comparison?

 

I know the topic of PCB platforms probably appears a lot but any insight would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Let the National Instruments and Eagle battle begin. :P

 

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what is wrong with Altium?

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The price?? devil

John Samperi

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www.ampertronics.com.au

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ecw23able wrote:

...I have been looking into eagle and noticed a lot more ...libraries meaning ill spend less time creating components...

 

I would never use library size as a good reason to use a bit of software.

 

I've been using CAD PCB since the days of the dedicated Racal REDAC machines and have always created my own schematic symbols and, at the very least, gone in and double checked any PCB footprints I use. Over the years I have developed my own house style as I fond most libraries to have too small a line width, horrible fonts and inconsistent pads shapes and sizes.

 

So, I'd say that ease of creating symbols from scratch is more important than library size.

 

Sample of my style...

 

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Well perhpas not the size mather ( for the lib ..)

but when you can get Eagle lib from FARNELL when you order parts, that save time.

I have using eagle the last 15 years before ORCAD, PADS +++

But missing som feature in Eagle som another have and oppsite ...

Price / service ( help from forum, scrip or ULP ) Eagle are very good.

 

Thierry 

Thierry Pottier

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KiCad?

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A64-OLinuXino update: schematic almost done now component placement on the PCB is on the way

by Olimex

10 Nov 2015

https://olimex.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/a64-olinuxino-update-schematic-almost-done-now-component-placement-on-the-pcb-is-on-the-way/

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It took us more time than expected, caused a bit by the switch to KiCAD.

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Last Edited: Mon. Dec 14, 2015 - 11:59 AM
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Very tidy how i Like it, 

 

Love the buses.

 

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I use DipTrace, and I am pretty pleased(I better be for what the license upgrade cost), but for teh hobbyist teh freeware version works just as well as the full.

 

I am starting to play with Kicad as well.

 

Ummmm, There already is a sticky regarding this comparison stuff already in General Electronics.  MAybe this thread should be merged....

 

JIm

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I guess as I use Mulitisim more and start to build up my libraries it wont be so bad.