Why Choose KiCad over Eagle?


#81
  • Because CERN with some Polish dudes on its payroll saved KiCAD from oblivion and even gave it an edge with the interactive/shovel routing.
  • Because it eventually got a usable (“accelerated”) “toolset”.
  • Because the recent (as of today) “unstable” builds no longer crash every couple of mouse clicks like the “stable” ones do.
  • Because you can eventually have some form of link between the schematics and the layout, without going through netlist file export/import all the time
  • Because Cadsoft have never had satisfactory licence upgrade offer, even for long-term, paying customers and now it is no more anyway
  • Because every suggestion of paying a “subscription” licence is met with middle finger before it even reaches frontal cortex

I could list as many reasons for NOT choosing KiCAD over EAGLE but I’ll save those for adequately named thread :slight_smile:


#82

+davidsrsb Re ‘doesn’t earn revenue’ …
Perhaps you could get your Legal guys’n’gals to kick your beancounters’ asses…
Product liability/mandatory product-support terms apply?
:-/
Alternatively, the case can be made that it saves the company money to be able to reuse old design artifacts, vs. rewriting them from scratch…
:slight_smile:


#83

QED: Send the fabs the pcb file every time, since you’re then obviously a hobbyist, ergo your board is inferior potassium and not worth their while to copy :slight_smile:


#84

I generally ignore, or (more often) protest loudly, people’s suggestions that anything be migrated toward my backside :frowning: