Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: PCB Design for the Mac

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default PCB Design for the Mac

    I've checked the useful links sticky (quite a few of the schematic editor links seem dead, btw) and googled around, abd the only Mac based software I can find is Eagle. The problem is, Eagle is not very intuitive to a noob like me.

    Does anyone know of free / shareware native Mac Schematic & PCB editor, that is actually easy to use and doesn't require a week's worth of training to use?
    [url=http://www.r4-ds-karte.ch]cheap r4i karte[/url]

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Central Coast, NSW, AU
    Posts
    113
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Eagle is very good. I'm on Linux.

    What parts are you having trouble with?
    The schematic part is fairly straight forward. Place part, join it with lines.
    The board editor has a few subtleties.

    I'm not sure if KiCad is available on Mac or not.
    2010 - Goal: Few thousand LED lights, 100% DC, all dimmable
    [QUOTE]Do you think that one day perhaps they might
    Find that Christmas
    Is kind of a disease?[/QUOTE]

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    596
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    I don't think there's a free/shareware solution for ANY platform that meets your criteria.

    All of the PCB/schematic layout programs suck. Fritzing is SUPPOSED to be easier to use, but it is still under heavy development and is missing a lot of the features of other packages.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Pacifica, Calif (30mins from downtown San Francisco)
    Posts
    2,192
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Yes, I too have had trouble learning Eagle on the Mac. But then, as I say in my sig, I'm not an engineer (I don't even play one on TV).

    Fritzing (http://www.fritzing.org/) is going to be the one, eventually, specifically because of its breadboard view: you'll be able to build a circuit on screen as though you were building a breadboard (or, I guess ideally, you'd build on-screen and on a real breadboard at the same time), which can then be automagically become a schematic and, in turn, a PCB layout.

    Unfortunately, though, right now you build a breadboard on screen and it makes a messy schematic that takes hours to correct and fix. I haven't even tried a PCB layout.

    But it's going to be great, someday.

    \dmc
    ________________________
    The only thing more dangerous than a software engineer with a soldering iron
    or a hardware engineer with a compiler is a liberal-arts major with either.
    [b]Christmas lights:[/b] [url]http://www.PacificaLights.info/[/url]
    [b]uC/LED hacking:[/b] [url]http://www.dmcole.net/[/url]

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Middle Earth
    Posts
    2,264
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    I use Eagle on Mac, and have moved up from teh free version to the pay version, but even the free version is awesome..

    yes, its got some 'odd' ways of doing things, but no more than any other of the pcb software i've used in the past..

    Theres a really good set of tutorials at Sparkfun taking you through all the basics you need. Highly recommened.. I was going in a couple of hours with those.
    [B][FONT=Arial]stell[COLOR="#FF0000"]a[/COLOR][COLOR="#008000"]s[/COLOR][COLOR="#0000CD"]c[/COLOR]apes[/FONT][/B] - LED lighting solutions for the Prosumer, Commercial and Entertainment Industries.
    Doing pixels first since 2009 with [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAt6A98lXQw"]just another megatree.[/URL]
    Follow us on Facebook at [url]www.facebook.com/stellascapes[/url]
    web: [url]www.stellascapes.com[/url]

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Warminster, PA
    Posts
    1,709
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Apparently Kicad is available for the mac:
    http://www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/Download
    Chris
    [URL="http://www.maloneylights.com"]http://www.maloneylights.com[/URL]
    [URL="http://halloween.maloneylights.com"]http://halloween.maloneylights.com[/URL]
    [URL="http://ctm.maloneylights.com"]http://ctm.maloneylights.com[/URL]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Pacifica, Calif (30mins from downtown San Francisco)
    Posts
    2,192
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Resurrecting a four-year-old thread ...

    I switched over to Diptrace and have drawn many circuits with it and a few boards. It runs in some funky X11/Wine thingamajig but once you remember that you need to use Windows shortcuts (CTRL rather than CMD), it's fine.

    The only downside is the limited nature of the pre-drawn components, but it's easy enough to find the spec sheet on an item and draw the component from that.

    \dmc
    ________________________
    The only thing more dangerous than a software engineer with a soldering iron
    or a hardware engineer with a compiler is a liberal-arts major with either.
    [b]Christmas lights:[/b] [url]http://www.PacificaLights.info/[/url]
    [b]uC/LED hacking:[/b] [url]http://www.dmcole.net/[/url]

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Murrieta Ca
    Posts
    392
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    I to run Diptrace on my Mac. works great and creating custom components is not that hard.
    I like using Diptrace because I can draw the schematic first, then attach it to the layout and make sure I have not forgotten anything.
    I used Diptrace to create and layout the new Renzilla controller. Works great
    tweist
    736 Channels
    65+ Wireless Ren controllers
    [COLOR="#0000FF"](2013) 25+ houses[/COLOR]
    (2012) 20 houses total
    (2011) 13 houses total
    2012 video
    [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KVM_EPKYMM[/url]

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Baulkham Hills, NSW
    Posts
    2,607
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    Have a look at Easy eda. It looks good. http://easyeda.com/


    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
    [B][I]Matt[/I][/B]

    You too can become a Supporting member of DIYC.
    Check it out [URL="http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/payments.php"]here[/URL]

    I record my Blinky Flashy travels here: [URL="http://MyNoelLights.com"]MyNoelLights.com[/URL]

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Baulkham Hills, NSW
    Posts
    2,607
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: PCB Design for the Mac

    They do private projects too. And the librarys are amazing. But you are forever locked into their eco system as the exporting doesn't allow you to go back to another package.

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
    [B][I]Matt[/I][/B]

    You too can become a Supporting member of DIYC.
    Check it out [URL="http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/payments.php"]here[/URL]

    I record my Blinky Flashy travels here: [URL="http://MyNoelLights.com"]MyNoelLights.com[/URL]

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •