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Very Good CAD Software and Support

Dec 21, 2016 by Whitham D. Reeve

Until recently I had only used Eagle CAD but had to learn Target 3001 to modify an existing board that originally used a 10 year old version of Target 3001 Light. The Light version is a paid version but inexpensive.

In spite of the age of the original design, I had very little problem using it in the latest version (v18). Target 3001 technical support (discussed below) helped me find one component that kept giving me trouble and the fix was easy.

I am not a daily PCB designer but based on my experience I think Target 3001 is an excellent tool. The fact that it has a Gerber output driver is a big +. To my knowledge PCB-Pool is the only fab that accepts native Target 3001 files, and they have become too expensive for me. Having Gerbers allows me to shop around for a PCB fab and pay less than 1/3 the price of PCB-Pool..

Target 3001 Help is entirely online. I found that the online descriptions and tutorials have gaps that really made it difficult for me to figure out how to do certain things. What makes up for that is the excellent and responsive technical support.. All of my emailed questions were answered quickly, patiently and thoroughly. To me that high level of support is as important as any other aspect of a software tool. I work with many companies who do a really poor job of technical support, making Target 3001 really stand out as top of the line.

Target 3001 has a very large parts library and many other parts can be found in the online Componiverse, which is seamlessly integrated with Target 3001. I found that making components and packages from scratch took a little getting used to. For the most part, I used existing parts to make new ones and that sped things up.


5.0 5.0 1 1 Until recently I had only used Eagle CAD but had to learn Target 3001 to modify an existing board that originally used a 10 year old version of Target 3001 Light. The Light version Target 3001! discover