PCB Software Website Type Cost Limitations Unique Features
Ultiboard- Electronic Workbench http://www.interactiv.com Student version $89 US    
Ultiboard- Electronic Workbench http://www.interactiv.com Demo version Free Please note that these are fully functional copies of our software, however, the demo versions do not save files and users are limited to 25 parts in a circuit.  Does not support or produce gerber files.  
Eagle Light Edition http://www.cadsoft.de/ Demo version Free The following limitations apply to the EAGLE Light Edition in general: The useable board area is limited to 100 x 80 mm (4 x 3.2 inches).  Only two signal layers can be used (Top and Bottom).  The schematic editor can only create one sheet.  Apart from these three limitations the EAGLE Light Edition can do anything the Professional Edition can do. You can even load, view and print drawings that exceed these limits!  Support is only available via email or through our forum (no fax or phone support). Comes with complete manual. This is also a very good program to use for undergraduates.  Its schematic components are easily cross-referenced with the Board footprints.
Cadstar Express http://www.cadstarworld.com Demo version Free The CADSTAR Express Software allows you to use all the functionality of CADSTAR but with a design limit of 20 library components and 100 pins. We have a full version downstairs in the design lab.  Footprint library is very easy to use.  No need to search for footprint names since they are already there.
Protel www.protel.com Full version Free 30 days Comes with many quick to use manuals.  There are many long manuals on the web.  The following are two manuals to get started: 

Aaron's Manual (Word Doc)

Short 20 page Manual (Pdf)

These manuals are excellent for beginners.  This software is also very thorough and detailed.  However, the footprint library is not as readily accessible as with Cadstar.

CicruitMaker www.circuitmaker.com Full version Free 30 days This software is supplied by the same people as Protel.  Therefore if you know how to use Protel, you'll know how to use this program.  You can use Protel for 30 days and then use CircuitMaker for 30 days for a total of 60 days of free software.
Orcad Layout Light Edition www.orcad.com Demo version Free The PC board layout software has the following limitations:                                   No limitations are put on the ability to create, save and use new library parts. A single footprint library, demo.llb, which contains basic resistor, capacitor, diode, transistor patterns, plus selected DIP, SOIC, PLCC patterns, is provided.   Designs containing a maximum of 100 connections can be saved.  Designs containing a maximum of 15 components can be saved.  Competitive PCB translators are not included (PCAD, PADS, Protel, Cadstar, Tango).  Autobackup is disabled. This is the best known PCB Software package.  It is used by most PCB industries and so it is very thorough.  OrCad tends to be too detailed and complicated for undergraduate purposes.  It seems somewhat overkill for our purposes but is definitely a very good program.

 

 

 

Below you will find a great choice of freeware, shareware and free test versions. Please note that the rights to these product trademarks belong to the manufacturer. Beta layout Ltd. does not accept any legal liability that may occur due to the installation and use of these software products.



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Layoutsoftware
TARGET TARGET
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Beta LAYOUT recommendation!
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
EAGLE EAGLE
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Free Lightversion available.
Beta LAYOUT recommendation!
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
PROTEL PROTEL
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
30 day trialversion available. Free old DOS Version EasyTrax for download.
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
PROTEUS PROTEUS
Low cost CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
ORCAD ORCAD
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout. 
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
ULTIBOARD ULTIBOARD
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Limitierte Demo Version erhältlich.
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
Sprint Layout SPRINT-LAYOUT
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout. Limited Demo Version available.

Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
EASYPC EASY PC
PCB CAD/CAM Software.
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
EDWIN EDWIN
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Studentversion available.
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
QUICK ROUTE QUICK ROUTE
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Limited Demo Version available. 
Format supported by PCB-POOL®.
   
AUTOENGINEER ARIADNE
PCB CAD/CAM Software from CAD-UL. Limited Demo Version available.
AUTOENGINEER AUTOENGINEER
PCB CAD/CAM Software from Bartels. Limited Demo Version available.
BPECS32 BPECS32
Very limited PCB CAD software. Limited Demo Version available.
CADSTAR CADint
Swedish CAD-Software for schematics und Layout. Limited Demo Version available.
CADSTAR CADSTAR
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout. 
  CIRCUIT layout
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
CIRCUIT CREATOR CIRCUIT CREATOR
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
CIRCAD CIRCAD
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
CIRCUIT 
  MAKER CIRCUIT MAKER
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Limited Demo Version available.
CSIEDA CSIEDA
WinSchematic, WinPCB, Win3DView, WinGerber, WinSpice, WinSignal. Demo Version available.
DESIGN WORKS DESIGN WORKS
PCB schematic and Simulations-Software. Limited Demo Version available.
DREAM CAD DREAM CAD
Japanische PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
E-CAD E-CAD
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
Expert PCB EXPERT PCB
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
GElectronic GElectronic
Low cost PCB layout and schematic Software.
LAY01 LAY01
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
LAYOUT layout
Windows and MAC PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
MENTOR MENTOR
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
MCCAD MCCAD
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
  OSMOND PPC
Free MAC PCB CAD/CAM Software.
PCB PCB
Free Unix PCB Software.
POWERPCB POWERPCB
PCB CAD/CAM Software. NO limited Demo Version available.
PCB ASSISTANT PCB ASSISTANT
Low cost PCB CAD Software. You can download a limited demo version.
P-CAD 
  2001 P-CAD 2001
PCB CAD/CAM Software. 30 day Trialversion available.
PCB ELEGANCE PCB ELEGANCE
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Limited Demo Version available.
PRO BOARD PRO-Board, PRO-Net
Schematic and layout Software for AMIGA Computer.
PCB DESIGNER PCB DESIGNER
Low cost PCB CAD software. Limited Demo Version available.
QCAD QCAD
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
RANGER RANGER
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
SCORE SCORE
Free schematic-Software.
SCOOTER SCOOTER
PCB CAD/CAM Software for Windows and
Atari-Computers.
TCI3 TCI3
Free PCB layout and schematic Software.
VISUALPC VISUALPC
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout. Limited Demo Version available.
VUTRAX VUTRAX
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.
WINBOARD WINBOARD
CAD/CAM Software for PCB schematic and layout.
Limited Demo Version available.
WIN CIRCUIT 98 WIN CIRCUIT
PCB CAD/CAM Software. Limited Demo Version available.