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« on: Saturday July 25 2015 20:52:20 AEST PM »

There is one program that is due for a stable release version this month (July), or thereabouts.

Yeah, I know there are plenty of options available. Some parts vendors have teamed up with various pcb software companies to offer programs that can vary in ease of use for the new comer. And the paid for programs can be had at attractive prices, albeit with some restriction in functionality or use.

But lets have a quick look at KiCad. It has garnered the attention of some people working at CERN in Switzerland. Two individuals based at CERN have put a huge amount of work into the pcb routing side of the program. Here is video detailing a few interesting changes that highlight the work that has gone into KiCad lately. Combined with all the work effort of many other contributors, this really is some amazing free software.

  

  

Remember that this is open source software. Free for anyone to download. No restrictions on utility, unlike some other "free to use" programs (pads/layers etc). It would not be right to compare to a very high end and expensive product.
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« Reply #1 on: Saturday July 25 2015 21:58:38 AEST PM »

Heres some KiCad links....

  

  

  
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« Reply #2 on: Thursday September 24 2015 21:48:55 AEST PM »

If anyone is interested, Kicad finally has a new stable release version for 2015.
  

And a post here (    ) says,

"We are pleased to announce that KiCad has finally made a 2015 release branch. The 2015 stable release of KiCad will start from version 4.0.0. Currently we are in the release candidate phase and as such BZR 6188 is now known as 4.0.0 RC1. The 4.0 branch can be found here: KiCad 4.0 Branch The RC1 branch has been packaged as a archive available here: KiCad 4.0.0 RC1 Archive The new GUI translations can be.."

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« Reply #3 on: Monday November 16 2015 01:20:48 AEDT AM »

The guys over at KiCad have just recently updated the documents page. There are a number of documents covering the various applications that make up the KiCad suite. Available in various formats for anyone to download, save and read.

  
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