[sdiy] Eagle for PCB Layout

charlie wallace charlie at finitemonkeys.com
Mon Jul 2 04:12:13 CEST 2018

eagle has an ipc footprint wizard since 8.7 it also generates the 3d models

On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 3:08 PM, matt holland <matt at mattholland.org> wrote:
> "IPC compliant footprint wizard" is one of the features I miss most, as it
> automagically creates the 3d step file for you at the same time.
> Altium "update the pcb" is that way because you can update in either
> direction. Most of the time you're updating the pcb from the schematic but
> occasionally it's useful to make changes (e.g. deleting a no longer needed
> component) in the opposite direction. I suppose it could all be
> instantaneous but then I'm not sure how it would handle issues like missing
> or incorrect footprints.
> On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 12:37 PM, Ingo Debus <igg.debus at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Am 28.06.2018 um 23:01 schrieb Chris Juried <cjuried at yahoo.com>:
>> >
>> > How does Altium compare to Eagle?
>> On my day job, we recently switched from Eagle to Altium Designer. I only
>> got my toes wet with Altium, so I certainly can’t give a qualified answer
>> here.
>> Surely Altium is much more powerful than Eagle, no surprise, it’s much
>> more expensive.
>> First impressions:
>> Very nice in Altium:
>> In the PCB view, just hit the „3“ key and it switches to 3D view, movable,
>> zoomable and tiltable (a 3D mouse is handy here). Hit the „2“ key and it
>> returns to conventional 2D view. Eagle is somewhat 3D-capable too, but it’s
>> a kludge.
>> Alternate looks of a schematics symbol are possible. No conflict between
>> European and American resistor symbols - just switch to the one you like
>> better. That’s not possible in Eagle.
>> „IPC compliant footprint wizard“: creating footprints is much easier and
>> less error-prone than in Eagle.
>> Not so nice in Altium:
>> What happens automagically in Eagle often requires some manual actions in
>> Altium. If you place another component on the schematic (while the PCB is
>> already created), in Eagle it appears on the PCB by itself - in Altium you
>> have to „update the PCB“, and probably review an error list.
>> Altium has a gazillion of „operating modes“ and behaves differently
>> depending on which mode you’re in. In some modes you can’t even access the
>> menus (but they’re not greyed out) and for instance ctrl-s (for save) or
>> ctrl-y (for undo) doesn’t work either.
>> Altium is Windows-only.
>> Sure this list can be continued endlessly. As I said, it’s only my first
>> impressions.
>> Ingo
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