PADS PCB Design Alternatives

    PADS PCB Design is described as 'The industry-leading, high-productivity, PCB-centric design solution for independent engineers' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to PADS PCB Design for Windows, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is KiCad, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PADS PCB Design are Fritzing (Paid, Open Source), LibrePCB (Free, Open Source), Altium Designer (Paid) and Proteus PCB design (Paid).

    This page was last updated Apr 26, 2019

    1. KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) - designing schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). KiCad is developed by Jean-Pierre Charras.
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    2. to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard... very-very handy a tool, very complex but very simple to use.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      LibrePCB is a free EDA software to develop printed circuit boards. It’s currently under heavy development to bring out first stable releases as soon as possible.
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      • Windows
      PCB Design Software.
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    3. Proteus PCB design combines the schematic capture and ARES PCB layout programs to provide a powerful, integrated and easy to use suite of tools for professional PCB Design.
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    4. NI Circuit Design Suite software improves the PCB design process by integrating capture, simulation, and layout into a single toolchain with NI Multisim and Ultiboard software.
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    5. PCBWeb is a 100% free Windows desktop CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics hardware. Features include schematic capture, PCB Layout with gerber output, and Bill of Materials manager.
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      • Windows
      Developers tool for strip board projects. It has useful functions for designing, documenting and testing project boards.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Professional electronics schematic and PCB (Printed circuit board) design package.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      Software which creates PCB, and allows to create your electronic cards from elementary tools and customable objects library.
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