[sdiy] Dip Trace: [not] free and worth every penny

Tim Ressel timr at circuitabbey.com
Wed Sep 6 00:27:05 CEST 2017

It's true that there are strong opinions about PCB packages. Some hate 
Eagle, others love it. I believe it has to do with the interface fitting 
our style. I like eagle; we get along fine. I don't get along with Dip 
trace. That's between me and DT.

The issue of having no enforced consistency between schematic and layout 
is a deal breaker for me. My current task is a good example. The 
schematic and PCB do not match. The tool did not tell me about this. I 
had to burn some time before I could be sure of what I was seeing. Now I 
have to wait for the designer to get me matching files.


On 9/5/2017 3:02 PM, sleepy_dog at gmx.de wrote:
> from what I gathered so far, diptrace can't do this kind of thing as 
> it doesn't have a project which links the schematic and PCB in a 
> "live" kind of way (it does for DRC of course). The Layout file seems 
> to incorporate the schematic internally
> And it can be updated when changes were done - it does store which 
> schematic file it was last associated with, which can also be changed, 
> but there is no "live link".
> (by File -> Update from schematic)
> That's something that I also don't like about diptrace. But it doesn't 
> have a UI from 1983, something which makes eagle very unpleasant for 
> me ;) Even DT lacks some features, I'd not want EAGLE full version for 
> free... But that's my taste.
> Well. What works is if your nets are named meaningfully, you'll see 
> what the net name is in schematic if you hover over it.
> And in layout, you can select the net by name from the net list to the 
> right. (if the right side bar isn't there, hit Ctrl+2). Roughly the 
> center partition of the sidebar has a "design manager", and the 
> right-most button that looks like a wire selects to list the nets in 
> there.
> Am 05.09.2017 um 23:17 schrieb Tim Ressel:
>> Hi,
>> Does anyone have Dip Trace chops?  I am forced to use it to 
>> troubleshoot someone else's design. As far as I can tell, DT sucks. I 
>> can't find a way to highlight a schematic net and have it show up on 
>> the layout. Is there a way? To get around I highlighted R10 but in 
>> the layout it shows a different value than in the schematic.
>> Eagle has spoiled me I guess...
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--Tim Ressel
Circuit Abbey
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