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    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Not a schematic editor, but a PCB layout tool. Free version is available.

    http://www.osmondpcb.com

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    I use Diptrace as well and really like it. I found it very easy to use and make componets in.

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    Hi Matt,

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Edwards View Post
    ...But you are forever locked into their eco system as the exporting doesn't allow you to go back to another package.
    You may not have found this yet but in the upper right corner of the EasyEDA window is a dropdown "Super Menu".

    If you do:

    Super Menu > Miscellaneous > Netlist for Document

    or, for a multisheet schematic:

    Super Menu > Miscellaneous > Netlist for Project

    then you are offered the choice to export a schematic netlist as:

    Spice...
    Protel/Altium for PCB...
    Kicad for PCB...
    PADS for PCB...
    FreePCB for PCB...


    with the greyed out (so probably future enhancement) options of

    Eagle for PCB...
    Orcad for PCB...

    All the schematic, symbol, PCB and footprint files can also be exported in the open JSON format from the folder icon on the top toolbar:

    Document > EasyEDA Source...

    And, although you can get your PCBs made directly by EasyEDA, you are free to download the final Gerbers and take them to any PCB manufacturer of your choice.

    I've been using EasyEDA for about a year now and I'm still amazed at the power of this tool but the fact that it's free and platform independent just blows me away.
    Last edited by signality; 08-04-2014 at 10:18 AM.

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    charleskerr, thank you sharing this useful tool with us. Although it needs a few improvements but I think itís a great tool for people starting to do their PCB layouts themselves. I found it really easy to use and quick. I recently used DesignSpark, a free of cost PCB design and layout software with amazingly helpful online community. I urge you to check it out as well since it might give you some ideas to implement in your PCB layout tool.

    http://blog.7pcb.com
    Last edited by David23Kipp; 09-15-2014 at 04:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David23Kipp View Post
    I recently used DesignSpark, a free of cost PCB design and layout software with amazingly helpful online community.
    I checked it out and found an .EXE file, which won't run on my Macintosh (a key word in the title of this thread).

    \dmc
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