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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Layout tool suggestions Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I realized this has been covered quite a bit and I've been searching through the suggestions, but I'm still having a hard time finding a program I'm happy with.

I started with Eagle which is nice, but the free version (and even the hobbiest version) is too limited for what I want to do.

I tried DesignSpark to get past the board size and single sheet limitations, but would like hierarchical support.

So then I tried Kicad which supports hierarchical designs (sort of, "annotation" gets awkward) and large boards, but I'm finding it very painful to use.

Can anyone suggest another tool that is free or inexpensive (<$200 or so) with the following features:

- Multiple schematic sheets
- Hierarchical design (can contain multiple instances of a sub-circuit from a single schematic without copy/paste)
- Board size at least 6x10 inches
- Gerber output (not locked in to one board vendor)
- Reasonably easy to use (doesn't have to be idiot proof, I know this stuff isn't simple, but I think it can be easier than Kicad).
- Runs on Windows ( Embarassed )

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