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    Check out a quick review of the latest free PCB layout software - Altium Circuit Maker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcL0OF_eQI

    Looks pretty cool - no limits of any kind, imports Eagle. Only "negative" is that your projects have to be made public/open (except for two sandbox designs).
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    Nice. I use Altium and they make great software. Will this version import standard Altium files. If so this is Awesome. I find Altium to be so much easier then Eagle. That may be the fact that until now Altium was 1000's of dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpitts View Post
    Nice. I use Altium and they make great software. Will this version import standard Altium files. If so this is Awesome. I find Altium to be so much easier then Eagle. That may be the fact that until now Altium was 1000's of dollars.

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    I think Dave indicates in the video that it does NOT import regular Altium files which seems a bit odd. Maybe someone will make a converter/importer...
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    It could also be that Altium bought another company and has no use for their software. I’ve seen it before. It’s as-is and they just let it die.
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    I will be interested in this to see if the learning and use curves are any better than EAGLE which I find hard to use at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    I will be interested in this to see if the learning and use curves are any better than EAGLE which I find hard to use at times.
    All i will say i will still with the more free kicad, try out the newer kicad pre-releses it really is coming together i think it has a slight edge in comparison to circuit maker, the library is huge and synced to git hub. However it is kinda slow at the moment. It will be really interesting to see what happens when kicad finally does a stable releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErnieHorning View Post
    It could also be that Altium bought another company and has no use for their software. Iíve seen it before. Itís as-is and they just let it die.
    Could be but UI looks very much like Altium. I would bet it is a watered down version of their great existing product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpitts View Post
    Could be but UI looks very much like Altium. I would bet it is a watered down version of their great existing product.

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    Altium is awesome. Very easy to use. Eagle was hard for me. But i was already use to Altium.

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    We moved to altium from orcad. Never been happier. My only objection with altium is the steep price - makes even experts reconsider and most hobbiest without connections do without. 10k is a lot for any tool.

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