Schematic CAD tool

Hi Guys,

I would like to import the Beagle Board schematic into PCB Artist
Has anyone done this?

What inexpensive Schematic tool do you recommend?

What inexpensive layout tool?


I know of no one that has done this. There may be some conversion tools out there, but I am not aware of any.

As to inexpensive schematic tools there are a few out there. If it can generate a netlist that the PCB tool can read, then it would be a good enough one.

As to inexpensive PCB tool, that is a loaded question. When it comes to PCB tools, you get what you pay for. The PCB tool will need to handle multiple layers, blind vias, buried vias, fine pitch parts, and small lines. Most of the hobby type packages can’t handle these requirements. Most of the professional tools can, but I don’t really know which ones are th emost cost affective.


Try it is opensource and can handle up to 8 layers according to their site.


2009/8/21 Gerald Coley <>