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PCB is described as 'interactive printed circuit board editor for the X11 window system. PCB includes a rats nest feature, design rule checking, and can provide industry standard RS-274-X (Gerber), NC drill, and centroid data (X-Y data) output for use in the board fabrication and assembly' and is an app in the education & reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to PCB for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is KiCad, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PCB are Fritzing, Autodesk EAGLE, gEDA Project and iCircuit.

PCB alternatives are mainly Circuit Simulators but may also be CAD Software or Electronic Design Automation Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PCB.
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PCB is an interactive printed circuit board editor for the X11 window system. PCB includes a rats nest feature, design rule...

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    KiCad

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    55 alternatives to KiCad 

    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. And features an integrated environment between schematic capture, bill of...

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    Fritzing

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    52 alternatives to Fritzing 

    Fritzing is a very-very handy a tool, very complex but very simple to use, to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard.

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    Autodesk EAGLE

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    • Windows
    • Linux
    42 alternatives to Autodesk EAGLE 

    Autodesk EAGLE is an electronic design automation (EDA) software. Enabling printed circuit board (PCB) designers to seamlessly connect schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing, and comprehensive library content.

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    gEDA Project

    • Mac
    • Linux
    54 alternatives to gEDA Project 

    The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.

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    iCircuit

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    • iPhone
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    • iPad
    43 alternatives to iCircuit 

    Its advanced simulation engine can handle both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis. It is the perfect companion to students, hobbyists, and engineers.

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    OrCAD (All Products)

    • Windows
    43 alternatives to OrCAD (All Products) 

    The Cadence OrCAD product line provides affordable, high-performance PCB design tools that boost productivity for smaller design teams and individual PCB designers.

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    Schematics

    • Online
    42 alternatives to Schematics 

    Schematics.com empowers engineers to design, share, and collaborate on circuit design online.

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    Altium Designer

    47 alternatives to Altium Designer 

    Altium Designer software is for PCB design. From schematic capture to PCB design as well as FPGA Programmation, signal integrity check, mixed analog/digital simulation, this software is what you need when it comes to PCB design and all aspects of ECAD/ MCAD and team...

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    Upverter

    40 alternatives to Upverter 

    We build the pickaxes of hardware engineering. Ideation tools, schematic capture, PCB layout, design hosting, parts library management, and affordable prototyping.

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    Proteus PCB design

    • Windows
    47 alternatives to Proteus PCB design 

    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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