Development Tools

Layout software options

  • EAGLE Light (freeware). Very commonly used among hobbyists, although considered outdated by many working in corporate environments where more expensive tools can be purchased. Doesn't always have components/footprints, but with some web searching they can usually be found. Possibly suitable for Wockets as long as we can stick with a 2-layer board. Otherwise, purchase of standard version required. ($125 for non-profit use, $500 commercial use)
  • Altium (formely Protel). Good for complex and sophisticated layouts ... all footprints and parts in database. Recommended by some professionals, but expensive.
  • Software provided by PCB manufacturers. These can be good sometimes for small jobs but may not produce files that can be ported between programs.

PCB manufacturers recommended by Wockets developers