Macintosh PCB Software FREE Re: [sdiy] Schematic to PCBproblems

harry harrybissell at
Tue Jun 4 04:39:31 CEST 2002

Arrrh now you went and said the dirty word....


Most programs do not excel at autorouting, even very expensive ones.
If you are doing an all-digital design you might get away with it. For most
analog work, designs are done largely by hand (human brain).

Autorouters need a lot of knowledge and experience to set up, you usually
have to specify the routing of critical components. They usually NEVER result
in a single sided board... SELDOM result in a Double Sided board... so usually
you will end up with a four layer ($$$) board, at least.

The other problem is it can be hard for a newbie to spot when an autorouter
is hosing them. They will occasionally route stupid things like zig-zags or
that no human being would conceive or tolerate. For digital it might be OK...
analog it will be crosstalk, distortion, oscillation, rf pickup, etc.

There are  lots of people on this list who could probably help you get started
in manual routing.  Start with some really simple project to get the idea. Then
you want to get an autorouter you'll be better equipped to deal with it. I can
give you some tips if you like (offlist) or if there are other beginners we
could do a bit
of an onlist class.  It would probably benefit a lot of folks out there...

(and the xperts can have fun flaming me and saying what an @ss I am and how
they would do it different / better... but what the hell ????)

H^) harry    (self proclaimed xpert)

Hallvard Tangeraas wrote:

> At 15:40 -0700 03-06-02, Cynthia Webster wrote:
> >Hej pa dej Hallvard!
> Hi there! Are you Swedish?
> >Try This link for Free Mac PCB trace Software!
> >
> >
> Yes, I've downloaded it and have also been in touch with the author for
> suggestions on improvement. It actually even works on my old 68040 power
> Macintosh computer!
> As I've never used electronics design software before the learning curve is
> pretty high, but I spent a while some months ago trying to figure out the
> basics. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm getting there (hopefully).
> Unfortunately I don't think this program will help in this case. I have a
> feeling I need some sort of software where you draw the schematics, then
> have it automatically "convert" it into a PCB layout with the best possible
> placement of parts. Is this what they call "autorouting"?
> >ps: there's also this alternative with Douglas for $
> >
> >
> Yes, i've downloaded this as well, but I don't know if it will do what I
> want it to. All of this stuff seems pretty complicated. I've already spent
> so much time on each of these programs, each with a very high
> learning-curve, only to find out later that it's not somethign I can use.
> Frustrating.
> But you think this is what I need to be able to make that test-oscillator?
> Hallvard
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