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FreePcb is a unique PCB design program with a function key interface. Version 2.0 presented on this site is a fork of version 1.359, taken for revision in 2014. FreePcb-2 contains new features not available in version 1.359 and provides more freedom for circuit board developers. If you don’t want to waste your time mastering complex PCB design applications, download FreePcb-2, which can do a lot of what CADs can do, but is easy to learn and takes up little disk space on your computer. FreePcb-2 does not have a huge number of buttons as in other CAD systems, the purpose of which is not immediately clear. There are only 9 buttons (F1 … F9), the Functions of which change depending on the type of the selected element (part, vertex of trace, segment and etc.), so FreePcb-2 can be studied even without instructions. There is also a right-click context menu with additional features.
In FreePcb, you can create a netlist manually by adding parts and then connecting their pins. But you can also import a netlist in the PADS-PCB popular format from FreePCB2 compatible Schematic Editor. See description on this page
Uploading Gerber files
If at least one of the following programs is installed on your computer:
You will be able to upload gerber files into it for viewing, using the menu command directly from the FreePcb-2 window. (available from November 26, 2019)
Put a shortcut to the viewer in the “Shortcut” folder, which is provided in the root directory of Freepcb2, and then this item will appear in the main File menu.
1) Rectangle (F1 button)
2) Square (F2 button)
3) Circle (F3 button)
4) Oval (F5 button)
5) Ellipse (F6 button)
6) Rounded rectangle (F7 key)
7) Cloud (F8 button)
Schematic Constructor 1.3 can read the names of footprints of other PCB editors (in particular, P-cad). If you are using the Schematic Constructor, but for some reason do not want to use FreePcb2 to route printed circuit boards, then you can specify the path to the library of your CAD system so that the Schematic Constructor downloads footprint names for itself and then suggests them in the drop-down list.
Improved polyline properties editing menu. Select the side of the polyline and press F7 (Polyline properties). You can change the color of the polygon fill and make it lighter in relation to the color of the polyline itself (from 3% to 70% of the main tone). This option also works when exporting to PDF.
If you like, post this picture on your website. Have fun using FreePcb-2.
You can participate in the improvement of the application. Feel free to write a message regarding working with FREEPCB2 so that we can release the official version FreePcb2.3 & Schematic Constructor 1.3 as soon as possible. Working together is always more efficient.
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