PC boards

Paul Perry pfperry at melbpc.org.au
Thu Jun 12 11:48:59 CEST 1997


At 09:13 AM 12/06/97 +0200, m.c. wrote:
>Ever heard of a program called "PIA" ?
>It's not free, but shareware.

i have tried this (save disabled) shareware version & liked it so much i've
ordered it from Germany.....
what i like is that it will autoroute single sided boards (its
mathematically much easier to autoroute double boards in a fairly dumb way)....

much of the advice people give in the newsgroups re 'what is best pcb prog'
is pointless, like saying 'what is the best car' when you don't account for
whether the person has driven before or has $500 or $200,000 to spend.....i
once bought Protel because a person working for me insisted on
it....learning curve like a precipice, their main income must come from
those $300 per day tutorials on how to use it....
for people doing diy-synth something like PIA is much more to the point IMHO.

incidentally using PIA the go is to plonk down the components and then try
putting a few links in & routing those, then add a few more & route again.
This enables the critical lines to be in the right place & gives much better
results completition wise rather than just link everything & go for it....

and thanks Joe Grisso for those words of gold

Paul Perry

of course i use write, not word.....




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