How to Build PCB Online using Web Based EDA Tools
This is a brief review of the capabilities and ease of use of three of the most interesting, innovative and downright disruptive web-based EDA tools:
The same simple astable multivibrator circuit is entered into each tool and the design process followed through simulation (where offered), to PCB layout and Gerber download.
For all of the products reviewed, there’s no need to install any software. They all run in any HTML5 capable, standards compliant web browser. The one limitation is that they are not really designed for use on touch screen platforms such as iPads, Tablets and Smartphones. This is partly because of the screen size limitation (you can’t seriously expect to be able to draw detailed schematics or do PCB layout on anything less than about a 14 inch screen!) but particularly for Upverter and EasyEDA, because they make extensive use of keyboard shortcuts or “Hotkeys” to speed up your work and increase productivity.
That is a very different deal from that offered by most EDA suppliers, web-based on not.
Working in EasyEDA
Work in EasyEDA is organised in Projects. Projects can be created by clicking on the +New Project button in the upper right corner of the main website pages or from within the Editor window. Projects can be shared with specific colleagues or made public and the visible content controlled by clicking on the Project folder in the left hand Navigation panel of the Editor window and selecting Modify. This takes the user to the Project edit page which can also be reached via My Projects under the user drop down menu options the +New Project button.
Schematics in EasyEDA
EasyEDA can create highly professional looking schematics.
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