Using EagleCAD – board layout

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I have been rather successfully using EagleCAD, for designing schematics, and then Veroboard/Stripboard layouts (instead of PCB layouts).

Here are a few of the gotchas that I have found.

Note that this article covers boards only. For schematic layout issues, see EagleCAD nuances – schematics

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The fat lady sings…

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The last versions of Opera, for the retired versions of OSX.

The archived versions of Opera can be found here, https://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/… however, which one is right for you? Read on…

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Using KiCad

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Using KiCad…. for the first time. Here we are using it to create Veroboard/Stripboard layouts – without first laying out the schematic. My reason for this is that I had already used EagleCAD to draw up the schematic, and then, like most people, realised that the board size was too limited, in the freeware version (100 x 80 mm (4″ x 3.2″)), to allow all of the components to be placed.

Note that this article applies to version 4.0.7. Version 5 should be released soon, see When will Kicad 5 be available? – Software – KiCad.info Forums, and should have a much better user experience, as well as being able to import EagleCAD files.

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Building Circuits for Stripboard using EAGLE – Mike Perks

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This is a great webpage, written by Mike Perks in 2005, which I came across whilst reading Stripboard. Unfortunately, the link therein was dead and it took me a while to locate it. I have taken the liberty to reproduce it here, as it may get lost again, in the sands of time, that is the web. The zip file is here: http://archive.is/download/Pz2iz.zip

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EagleCAD nuances – schematics

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EagleCAD can have a bit of a steep learning curve, especially for those who have never used a CAD package before. Even if you are familiar with CAD there may be a few finer points that become gotchas after using Eagle for a while…

Note that this article covers schematics only. For board layout issues, see Using EagleCAD – board layout

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