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Re: [N8VEM-S100:4331] FreeRouter No longer available. Long term plans for Board layouts

John —

DipTrace is my preferred CAD product I did purchase the 1000-hole version and I’ve done all of my 6502 boards with it, and I started re-doing the Altair32 front panel using it. I generally do the physical board layout with their PCB tool and mostly use their router, although I now use the PC/standalone version of FreeRouting for the whole routing and/or optimizing an existing layout.

I have some libraries made for things I’ve used, like Commodore parts and certain connectors. Overall, I’m happy with the product.


Rich Cini
Collector of Classic Computers
Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator

From: John Monahan <mon...@vitasoft.org>
Reply-To: S100-Post <n8vem...@googlegroups.com>
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 6:41 PM
To: S100-Post <n8vem...@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [N8VEM-S100:4331] FreeRouter No longer available. Long term plans for Board layouts

It looks like the http://www.freerouting.net/ web site for FreeRouter is no longer available!

This leaves us with a big problem making PC boards with KiCad.  (Fortunately I happen to have the PC version here for my own use), but it opens up a general question as to how we do PC boards (S100 and others) in the future. 

Personally I'm having a hard time getting things done with KiCad. The PCBNew program seems (to me) very "finicy" in making files for Freerouter.

I'm wondering what other people think about a more "All-in-one" PC CAD program. I once used a program called DipTrace (they have a free version for up to 500 pins to try it out).  See here http://diptrace.com/. The thing that impressed me was the speed in which it converted the schematic into an actual board file and Gurber files.  There was only one program, one interface.  Personally I would spring for paying for the 1000 pin commercial version (or heigher) , I and perhaps others, could run batches for others.

The main issue is that for any program we would have to build a library for the S100 connector, board dimensions and presumably a number of other things.

I would be interested in hearing comments by others on a way to proceed.   Has anybody else used CAD programs they like.  Anybody got experience with DipTrace


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