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Re: [N8VEM-S100:4556] KiCad or ??


The autorouter is pretty important on any of the boards with a very
high pin count.  I manually lay out all of my small boards, but it
would take a very long time to do that, for complex boards.

I generally prefer to let the autorouter run, and then make my own
adjustments to reduce vias.

- Alex

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:28 PM, Kyle Owen <kyle...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM, yoda <yo...@r2d2.org> wrote:
>> Has it been decided what we are going to do about the lack of routing
>> software because of the issue with freerouting.net?   I can go either way (I
>> have squirreled away the java code - though it might make people nervous
>> with the legal implications) - DipTrace does not look too bad if we can use
>> the non profit version of the software.
>> I ask because I am going to start doing some prototyping and don't want to
>> have to enter the schematics twice
>> Thanks
>> Dave
> CERN has taken on a good chunk of KiCad maintenance lately, and has added
> many great features. I highly recommend sticking with KiCad and see how it
> grows.
> I am personally confused by the need for an autorouter. Routing by hand
> tends to take less time than the autorouter and offers much better results
> in terms of via count, and address/data lines and other more sensitive
> traces (when operating at higher speeds) can be matched to each other. For a
> 4-layer board with BGAs and other high density boards, I can see why some
> may want an autorouter. But even for a 486, this seems overkill.
> Kyle
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