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Roundup: Free, reliable PCB software for you

19 Mar 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Nothing beats getting anything for "free," even getting free printed circuit boards (PCB) software. Expensive software doesn't necessarily make it better than the free downloadable PCB software online. In the slideshow below, take a look at some of the old popular platforms that are still supported and updated since the last two years.

First on the list comes from Mirko Bruno Sortini with his ZentiPCB platform, which features several freeware programs to help users design their own PCBs. ZentiCapture allows users to quickly and easily design schematics using an easy-feature tool set, which allows users to place parts (component symbols) using the orthogonal locking and snap to pin. Once the schematics (in netlist form) are finished, they can then be ported over to ZentiPCB.

ZentiPCB is a CAD-based program that allows users to import netlist files and visualise their schematics. The layout editor provides the ability to import components from a library as well as connecting the pins directly using the cursor, which can be single or double-sided depending on the need.

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ZentiPCB's Zenti Suite features several programs to make PCB designs a reality.

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