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Mar 25th, 2016 at 11:21am
 
How can I evaluate the Auto Router without buying VeeCAD ?
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Reply #1 - Mar 26th, 2016 at 4:44am
 
Hello Andries

You can download a demo from http://veecad.com/special/VeeCAD_2_36_2_1_Demo.zip . The ZIP file contains an executable you should place in your VeeCAD install folder at C:\Program Files (x86)\VeeCAD or similar. Run this executable for a demo version of full VeeCAD with file saving disabled.

Some tips when evaluating the router:
  • The router is only as good as the inital component placement you give it.
  • Please follow the router tutorial at the Help File topic "Tutorials -> Auto Router"
  • Further information is under the Help File section "Auto Router"
  • The router benefits typical small projects that have 1 to 4 ICs with supporting components.
  • The router is of little benefit for projects that contain only resistors, capacitors and transistors.
The main benefit of VeeCAD is not the router. The big benefits are: 1) Known correct layouts. 2)Very compact layouts. 3)Fast time to complete. 4)Proper electronic CAD process of linked schematic and board. 5)Ability to modify and reuse projects.

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Reply #2 - Mar 26th, 2016 at 8:05am
 
Thanks for the reply Roger. I must say I am impressed with the capabilities of Veecad. The best thing about Veecad is the fact that you can place the components before starting to build. For a hobbyist this is all I need as a PCB for me is overkill. I drew a schematic in Designspark and imported the netlist into Veecad with very minor issues.
I designed a solar LDO battery charger with a LM2941 which has a unique pinout. But I used the TO220 5 lead package for that.
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