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Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard! (Archive)

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Richard Hammerl

Richard is an engineer with 16 years experience in EAGLE customer support and is waiting for your questions.

  • 1. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    kemmi
    Compare to Altium or other competitors,Eagle CadSoft have any advantage.
  • 2. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    Hi kemmi,

     

    as the EAGLE acronym says it's an Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. It's a very lean program that offers absolutely reliable tools for PCB design. The user interface is the same in all editor windows. It does not matter if you are working in library for creating components, or in the schematilc editor or in the layout. Once learned, you will be able to master every situation.

    One of the greatest benefits is our very active community. Simply take a look into our newsgroups or into the Download area of CadSoft's web server. There are lots of user-contributed library files or User Language Programs for almost every purpose. By the way: The EAGLE User Language makes EAGLE very flexible. The User Language gives you access to every object of your schematic/board /library. So, for example, complex actions can be automatized. There is certainly more to be said about EAGLE, maybe there is one or the other EAGLE user that wants to share his opinion?

     

    -Richard

  • 3. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    amasutum

    Hi Richard

    I would like to know when the link will be implement with cadsoft like altium ans orcad cis?

    It will be free if the customer have a  soft 5XXX ?

    Thanck

  • 4. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    I suppose you are referring to the implementation of Design Link, aren't you? As far as I am informed, it is planned for EAGLE 5.9.0. This will be a free update for all EAGLE 5.x.x users.

     

    Regards,

    Richard

  • 5. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    kemmi

    Hi,Richard

     

    Thanks your feedback.another question: about software compatibility,CadSoft can open other competitor file( eg Schematilc file or PCB file or autoroute file and for Board Manufacture data ) ?

  • 6. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    Hi,

     

    there are some programs that allow, for example, to import Orcad netlists into EAGLE. As far as I am informed there is no tool that allows to convert a whole schematic. On our web server (http://www.cadsoft.de/download.htm ) are directories that contain various customer-made programs for EAGLE. Please take a look at them. Perhaps you will find a usefull converting tool.

     

    But with EAGLE's User Language it would be possible to make a converter for  importing/exporting any data format. Supposed to have a good documentation of it and some skills in C-like programming and of course some knowledge of the syntax of the User Language. The UL is fully documented in the help function of EAGLE.

    There are several ULPs for generating data from EAGLE and importing data into EAGLE which come with the EAGLE installation. You can also

    find a lot of ULPs in the user Download area of our web server.

     

     

    Examples for import

    DDF format of  Ultiboard PCB, Version 4.80 u. 5.50  -- import-ultiboard-DDF.ulp

    Orcad Schematics   importbom_and_netlist.zip

    Import if ACCEL-ASCCI format  -- not yet officially released, contact CadSoft Tech Support

    Several netlist formats

      Netlist in Protel  format --  netlist_protel.ulp
      Protel netlist in EAGLE-Script for layouts -- protel2eagle.zip
      Orcad netlist   -- orcad_netlist.ulp
      Tango netlist -- import-tango.ulp

     

    There are lots more ULPs available for data export, for example:

      export-protelpcb.ulp --  Export Eagle board to Protel ASCII format
      eagle2kicad_sch.ulp  -- Schematic to KiCAD
      eagle2kicad-0.8.ulp  -- Packages and symbole into  KiCAD format

      eagle2ad_sch.ulp  --  Generate schematics in Protel / Altium format

     

    Please check  www.cadsoft.de/download.htm  for more.

     

    Regards,
    Richard

  • 7. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    amasutum

    Hi Richard

    I would like to know if it's possible to test Eagle?

    It is possible to simulate the shematic with eagle or an other product(before to do the PCB)

    thanck

  • 8. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    Hi,

     

    there is the EAGLE Freeware you are allowed to use for testing and non-profit use as well. The Freeware has a limitation in the maximum board size of half an Euro card, which is 100 mm x 80 mm, and it is limited to two signal layers (Top and Bottom, no inner layers).

     

    Download is for free from www.cadsoft.de/download.htm or take the link from here at element-14:

    http://www.element-14.com/community/docs/DOC-13200

     

    Regards,

    Richard

  • 9. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    amasutum

    Hi Richard

    ttanck for yours advices.I m lookinf for a customer a product like this.

    Can you propose me à product CADSOFT (even if near the same)

    thanck

    Fabricant:
    NUMBER ONE SYSTEMS
    Code commande:
    4894121           FARNELL
    Référence fabricant:
    EASY-SPICE

    Conformité RoHS :

    Description
    • SOFTWARE, EASY-SPICE, A/D SIMULATOR
    • Conditions:Windows 95 to XP, Easy-PC for Windows
    • Taille mémoire:64MB
  • 10. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    Hi again,

     

    I just realized that i did not answer your question about simulating......  sorry.

    EAGLE has no tools to simulate a schematic or parts of it itself. But there is an interface, realized with the help of the User Language, that allows converting data from EAGLE into a simulating software named B2Spice. It's a product of BeigeBag Software in Canada. They realized the ULP for data exchange some years ago. Take a look at their tool at http://www.beigebag.com/eagle.htm

     

    Best regards,

    Richard

  • 11. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    RCAircraft

    Richard,

    Is Eagle Light capable of importing electronic components from a supplier such as Digi-Key including the Netlist? If so is there a "how to" document I could review?

     

    Thank you.

    Bob

  • 12. Re: Have a question about CadSoft EAGLE?  Ask our Expert, Richard!
    Richard_H

    Currently I don't know a tool that allows to import components from, for example, Digikey directly. This would be a task for a EAGLE User Language Program. Provided you have a good data format description of the source files, you could write an ULP that converts this into an EAGLE Library file. For example, look at make-symbol-device-package-bsdl.ulp. It allows to extract all data needed from so-called Boundary Scan Description Language files that are available for lots of complex components.


    You could also have a look at ADI's Ultra Librarian. As far as I am informed you can generate library data for EAGLE, as well.


    There are alos other ULP's that can help in generating library files:

    make-connector.ulp, make_bga.ulp, make_symbol_ulp which are available at www.cadsoft.de/download.htm, ULP directory.

     

    BR,

    Richard

  • 13. Moving between board and schematic on Mac OS X.
    KennyMillar

    Richard,

     

    Recently we discussed how the keyboard shortcut to flick between schematic and board was disabled in the Mac OS X version of Eagle.

    While I was working today it occurred to me that I can use Mac OS X's 'Spaces' feature - with the board in one space and the schematic in another and this worked great - AND it gives you a really cool sliding animation when you switch between schematic and board.

     

    If you've never used spaces on Mac OS X before I strongly urge you to try it out - it's one of those 'how did we ever manager without this' features.

     

    One minor point though. When I closed the project and openend it again, the windows remembered their size and position on screen, but not which 'space' they were in, so every time I opened the project I had to move the windows to their respective space again.

     

    -Kenny

  • 14. Re: Moving between board and schematic on Mac OS X.
    Richard_H

    Hi Kenny,

     

    just tried it and you are right, it's great. As you wrote, once known you don't want to miss it. Thanks for posting and sharing your experience.

     

    Richard

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