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Roundup: Free, reliable PCB software for you

19 Mar 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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Another widely used PCB editing tool for EDA applications and rapid prototyping is DesignSpark's PCB platform. Much like the other two mentioned earlier, DesignSpark PCB features a Schematic editor for drawing up circuit diagrams and their connections, PCB Wizard for refining the schematic and Autorouter, which automatically places tracks between the components (can also be auto-placed). The software does have several undesirable caveats however, including being a resource hog (better have a fast PC), is known to cause problems if the project files aren't stored on the same PC while running and requires users to register with DesignSpark in order to unlock some features. Perhaps the worst of all is that the software displays advertisements, which must be acknowledged before work is begun.

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DesignSpark PCB is a popular schematic capture and layout tool for electronic aided design.

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