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|Type:||EDA (electronic design automation)|
|Platform:||Linux, Mac, Windows|
|Output Formats:||Gerber files|
KiCad is an open source alternative to EAGLE, without any artificial restrictions. As a beginner, you might be interested in Fritzing as well.
KiCad comes with an extensive library already. Sources for third party libraries are
- Github: sort of official and maintained KiCad library but there are many more, simply search for "KiCad library"
- vendors, e.g. Freetronics
- under OSX (10.11) the 4.0.2 Version has a lot of performance issues with the standard canvas. Try using the OpenGL canvas, however for Patrick this resulted in a reoccurring crash (3-2016).
- Patrick's KiCad seminar
- Hackaday - "Creating a PCB in Everything: KiCad"