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by James Rowley on KiCad
Wonderful software

I've used both KiCad and Eagle, and KiCad is the definite winner. Aside from the fact that KiCad is completely free for any size board with any number of layers, I find it easier to use in general. Its main pitfall is the lack of a large component library, but creating custom components is easy enough. Despite the steep learning curve, KiCad is a very versatile tool.

by Lez on KiCad
five or six out of ten

if you're coming to kicad from diptrace then turn around and go back,,,

this software seems solid enough but the user interface is very 1990 with things you try to find not being in a logical place.

if you want to add a part you need to add it twice to get a schematic view and a footprint for the pcb

if you create a 32 pin part, with 2 pins the same number, don't expect an error but expect it not to make a connection in the netlist that you can then spend a day trying to get to the bottom of...

oh and at one point in the day i edited a footprint, saved, it said there was an error in line 250 something, and my footprint library was trashed...

in summary, gets job done well but a pita to use,

by rumburack on KiCad
It could rule the world....

KiCad and the CERN-involvement is a miracle to me.

Instead of doing the obvious they start working on the internals. The obvious you may ask? Simple: First create a slick, simple, consistent, fresh user interface. Something that attracts new users and helps them to grow with their needs and to learn how KiCad works. Old users? Sorry, you have to learn new.

Second: create very very very easy part+footprint maker (since I'm still in love with diptrace: they do it right!). Third: build some online parts database. Search a part? It's already online. If not, make it, put it online, earn your fame! This steps aren't really two, they go hand in hand and would create a really great product. Make it fast and simple and you rule the world. (Again, my current love diptrace did it all wrong: slow, cumbersome, annoying...)

Fourth: add a consistent, understandable project management system guiding from schematic to pcb. Let if follow the production process with simple assistants.

Fifth: add fresh ideas. I would love to have a scratch book. Adding things I have to think about, to change, to do, links to resources. BOM? Why don't you add a simple spread sheet? And please, I don't want different applications with save, import changes, update etc... Follow the production process: if it isn't produced, apply changes. If it is produced, create a branch.

With KiCad they have a great backend technology what waits for some inspiring user experience. I wish they had more resources in global project strategies and development.

by Don on KiCad
Slick under Win7

The best open-souce CAD pcb program I have found. Learning curve is not too bad. Recommend that users only use supplied libraries as a starting point ... build-ur-own as-u-go to guarantee quality. Also like the 3D options. No problem at all with BOM export.

by Piet Pompies on KiCad

Great tool. Easy to learn, well polished interface that is significantly more intuitive than Eagle 7.

by Lou on KiCad

I have been using Kicad for 6 months and it is excellent choice. It does everything what it says.

by John on KiCad
KiCad is pretty darn good for free!

Since working with Eagle I wanted to find other software which could be used for larger sizes and commercial usage. For now I have settled on KiCad due to its cost (FREE), ability to generate commercial boards, and rather large board sizes.

KiCad takes a little getting used to, especially when creating new libraries. I also like that KiCad works with more than one OS (Windows, Linux, Mac) and offers a 3D and Gerber viewing as part of the package.

There is a [dark] down side to KiCad though....... The stable version is getting quite old. You can try to download all the tools and compile the latest and greatest yourself but be prepared for a ride! Sometimes the code is broken for days or weeks on end. There are changes to the way Libraries are handled. But the most annoying part is no longer being able to export a BOM in Windows without jumping through hoops and loading external programs to handle the XML->CSV conversion (if you can even get it to work!). Of course there seems to no longer be a guiding force to the software upgrades, enhancements come out as programmers feel like it and there is no frozen binary versions available.

In short..... The older stable version is still pretty great for FREE and does 99.99% of what I need it to do. If/when it's time for something better I will probably go with a commercial version of Eagle or DipTrace.