Fw: Re: [BITX20] Digi-Key’s KiCAD library #kicad

Jack, W8TEE

There is a free version of Diptrace, but it has some limits.

Jack, W8TEE

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 10:24:43 AM EDT, Paul Galburt - K2AYZ <galburt@...> wrote:

Kicad is likely the most professional PC CAD tool available for free (or even for a reasonable price). It does have a bit of a learning curve, though. I have been using Diptrace for years, but it's not free and not as capable is Kicad. I have also used Altium, but its very expensive. The Digikey library is a nice bonus.

Craig Wadsworth

Ashhar and others on this list use KiCAD, so I was thinking of learning to use that. This is akin to asking which baseball team is the best, but what is your favorite EE CAD package for drawing something bigger than an audio filter and smaller than a bread box? That’s a subjective question to ask a bunch of tech people, but I’m curious about what y’all think.
73 de w9ctw


I think I've tried everyone out there Craig, and I keep coming back to Kicad ... been using it since 2003. Like any open-source platform it has some teething problems from time to time. I avoid most of these by using a win64 prebuilt install (the latest STABLE one). If you are into unix/linux you have more flexibility, but also more head/heartaches.

ajparent1 <kb1gmx@...>

I'm a linux user and of the many available Kicad and Eagle are the only ones I play with.

The upside is once you learn one the rest are largely similar in use.