Some people want every tool they use be a hosted or cloud-based system. The freedom from any specific computer can be very important to those who find themselves working on the same project at multiple locations.
EasyEDA is a new and very enticing entry into the browser-based EDA arena. The development team is incredibly upfront and honest in their intentions and plans. They even talk about how they would handle the shut-down of their site if things don't work out. You'll have to read their letter to the end user to find out what their plans and goals are.
The software is free to use, as they explain that they are hoping to sustain things financially through their PCB prototyping service. However, some of the language in this section isn't particularly clear. For example, they list that in Year 2 they plan on having a few revenue models such as:
Free account with tasteful ads
Free account without Ads (no more than $1/month);
The second option here doesn't sound like a free account. However, I think I can see what they are trying to say here and paying $1 per month to remove ads isn't a bad idea at all.
I wasn't able to find a clear feature list, but looking at the software, it appears to be quite robust. They are covering schematic capture, simulation, and PCB layout. The interface is clear and easy to navigate and the library of parts is quite extensive. I would really love to hear what you more experienced designers think of it. Why don't you give it a try and let us know in the comments?
Thanks for the heads up on this great new EDA tool.
Their tutorial (under the Help When You Need It check on the front page) starts off with a What's EasyEDA section that more or less shows a feature list:
"Welcome to EasyEDA, a great web based EDA tool for electronics engineers, educators, students, makers and enthusiasts.
There's no need to install any software. Just open EasyEDA in any HTML5 capable, standards compliant web browser.
Whether you are using Linux, Mac or Windows; Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera, or Safari. EasyEDA has all the features you expect and need to rapidly and easily take your design from conception through to production.
I haven't an EEtimes account, just create an accout to comment this awesome web based tool. I don't need to study, after 5 minutes, I have created a beautiful schematic. It is so easy for me. Yes, why not give it a try.
Now I can hack some electronics stuff in my Linux laptop.
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