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Subject: Re: what is best & simple PCB maker?
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Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 11:36:20 +1100
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John Devereux wrote:
> Russell wrote:
>>For its age, you'd think it would have all the quirks and bugs
> It does; I have only encountered one significant bug in ~15
> years use. I think the yearly fee is more for support and
> program update rights, rather than bug fixes.
This is the kind of thing i hate:
- open a schematic symbol library like C:\vutrax\lib\74hc\h00_44.log
- draw a box around the top left symbol (NAND2-HC00)
- do Edit|Clipboard|Copy-Boxed-to-Clipbrd
- click inside the box
This gives an error: Box must be a closed rectangle along X and Y axes.
Now where's the help button or faq on this stupid error?
Only this morning did i figure out to click near a corner of the
box instead of the gate within the box.
I could write far better software than this.
> Perhaps the "quirks" are historical. Reasonable design
> decisions (enforced by low performance hardware) are now
> locked in by the size of the code base and the need for
> backwards compatibility.
>>I'm shitted off with the price and/or crappiness of
>>the user interface of all these cad systems, especially as they
>>cost nothing to sell. I think a decent free linux one is in order...
> Probably this is because of the small market. I would guess
> that the price for a given level of functionality has come
> down ~10 fold in the last 20 years.
It wouldn't be so bad if not for the aus/us exchange rate.
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