From: Bruce Lane
Subject: Re: Orcad Capture Lite? Schematic drawing software.
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 08:05:00 -0800
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Now, with that said...
> The info I found indicated that the Orcad Capture software was
> availabe free on a CD offered by Orcad. It's supposed to be a top
> shelf pcb design and schematic editing software package for Windows.
Frankly, I think the older DOS version did a better job. Anyway,
yes, OrCAD is considered, at least by OrCAD marketdroids, to be a 'top-
However, only the 'Demo' (30-day time limit) version is free. The
unlocked version costs many thousands of $$.
You may be better off with Eagle, CircuitMaker/TraxMaker,
Electronics Workbench, or other less-expensive packages. OrCAD is aimed
at the professional engineering and commercial manufacturing markets, and
is most definitely priced accordingly. I know of very few hams who use it
on a personal basis.
Try some of these links.
http://www.cadsoft.de/ (for Eagle)
http://www.microcode.com/ (for CircuitMaker/TraxMaker)
The only caution I would add, in reference to Microcode's products,
is that they were bought out by Protel/Altium several years ago. Protel
pulled this stunt because they, apparently, couldn't write a SPICE
simulator to save their bacon. Rather than do it right on their own, they
pulled a Billy-Boy Gates by buying out someone else who already had.
It is my belief that the CircuitMaker/TraxMaker product pair has
suffered significantly, in terms of both support and future development,
as a result of this unholy partnership. This is because Protel (now
Altium) markets a high-end EDA package of their own.
If they let the lower-end packages get too good, people will start
favoring them over the more expensive stuff. I did not see any
significant advantage to "upgrading" from my older CircuitMaker/TraxMaker
ver. 6/PRO product to the current '2000' series. In fact, based on the
bug reports and complaints I learned about later for the 2000 series,
this turned out to be a very wise decision.
Things may have improved by now. I don't know. I've not had any
contact with the company for some time. I do know that user complaints
and bug reports, both for the older and newer product (and even, in some
cases, for the high-end Protel 99SE package) used to be met with lukewarm
marketing-type responses at best, or stony silence at worst. The latter
was certainly the case with some of the reports I made.
Bruce Lane, Owner and Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies -- http://www.bluefeathertech.com
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