Tag Archives: Software

Bomist – Parts Inventory and BOM Management for Electronics

It all started a few years ago with Component Organizer, than BOMER and it’s now called BOMIST. The software runs locally, so no server nor setup required and you can have as many databases as you want (just run as many instances of BOMIST as you want). Additionally, it is integrated with Octopart, meaning you get plenty of useful real-time data: datasheets, descriptions, package names, values, prices as well as other useful information are automatically fetched online. Also, importing data into BOMIST is VERY easy which means you’ll get up and running in no time. BOMIST will keep improving, many new features are already inline and your feedback is always greatly appreciated. Give it a try, it’s FREE.

Mostly free engineering software

Michael Dunn @ edn.com has compiled a list of software that most enginners should be aware off.

We’re living in a golden age of software, where many useful programs are available – for free!

Let’s survey some of what’s out there that just might interest an engineering crowd like the EDN  community.

I can’t offer personal opinions on most of these packages, but I expect to hear back from you after you’ve test driven a few.

Mostly free engineering software – [Link]

EasyEDA’s Free and Online Gerber Viewer

EasyEDA is a cloud-based EDA tool suite which supports open source and working collaboratively.
Tools from EasyEDA include circuit simulation using Spice, PCB design, electronic circuit design and now RS-274X (Gerber) and Excellon gerber viewer, all are free.
To use this viewer you need to upload your gerber files, in RS-274X format, in a zip file.

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EasyEDA’s gerber viewer allows zooming in/out the imported gerber files, choosing the color of PCB, exporting to image, enable/disable view of layers (files) of gerber, sharing the gerber online using the URL after uploading the files and showing some analysis data (Design for Manufacturing DFM) from gerber files like the number of layers, hole and track sizes, clearances and dimension of board.

EasyEDA offers some tutorials/links to learn how to export gerber files for different EDA tools like: Kicad, Altium ,Eagle and  Diptrace.

Via: embedded-lab

SparkFun Electronics Eagle Libraries

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Sparkfun has their own Eagle libraries available on github.com. This is a great resource for new board designs. They also have a guide on how to install the libraries and how to create custom footprints.

This is the complete SparkFun Electronics default foot prints for Eagle 6.0+. We switched to Eagle back in 2006 and have been extremely impressed with its ease of use and flexibility. As with any new software, it’s like learning a new language and takes time. Do it. Eagle is great.

SparkFun Electronics Eagle Libraries – [Link]

Hobbyist Electronic Inventory SysTem

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Mike @ jaxcoder.com has published a Beta version of his Electronics Parts Inventory System for Windows OS. Update 23/10/2016: you can reach the file here

The Windows Hobbyist Electronic Inventory System or WinHesit is an electronics component organizer on steroids that was developed with the electronic hobbyist in mind. Designed to be light weight, responsive and most of all easy to use it also allows a lot of information to be optionally entered for those that need to store more data that is to be associated with the component.

WinHeist can be used right out of the box or customized to work the way you work. A database of common parts is provided to get you started but configuring the application to your specifications is easy and once configured the settings can be saved so that all future DBs can use the same settings.

Hobbyist Electronic Inventory SysTem – [Link]

Converting from Eagle to KiCad

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lachlanA @ github.com has published a Eagle SCH/LIB to KiCad SCH/LIB ULP conversion script:

The following 5 ulp (eagle user script file) and one ulp include file, work together or stand alone to convert Eagle sch/pcb version 6.xx(7.xx maybe?) file(s) and any version of Eagle lib(lbr) to KiCad sch/pcb and lib/mod files.

Converting from Eagle to KiCad – [Link]

ZofzPCB: FREE 3D Gerber Viewer

Rafal @ zofzpcb.com writes:

Many CAD designers, including myself, are equipped with powerful graphic cards. I definitely wanted to use a gamer graphic and I wanted to fly. There is the result, 3D Gerber viewer with newly implemented display of components. Components are guessed, not yet from BOM. Download at http://www.zofzpcb.com Do not forger to check the Autopilot.

ZofzPCB: FREE 3D Gerber Viewer – [Link]