ExpressPCB

ExpressPCB 7.8

Free
Creates layouts for printed circuit boards
4.0  (55 votes)
7.8.0 (See all)
Design customizable layouts for all types of circuit boards by utilizing the Digi-key component database. Every new PCB layout is created with an option to personalize and adjust every element and neatly align the parts by means of the snap-to-grid feature.

ExpressPCB is a software program that provides users the right tools for designing layouts for printed circuit boards. The application has a straightforward installation process, and thanks to its friendly interface can be used by either experienced or novice engineers.

The interface is pretty basic and is comprised of the main menu, a side panel, a toolbar, and the common workspace. Because of its background theme and its poorly crafted icons and buttons, the general impression about the program's look is rather negative.

As you advance to its features, ExpressPCB starts to improve. Of course, before starting to create layouts, you need to have a basic knowledge of electronics and get accustomed to the program's GUI.

Once you've completed the accommodation phase, you are free to select the board that can encapsulate the components and the copper layers. If you don't know how to start, you can use the integrated templates.

The process continues with the choice of electronic components and board customization. You are able to position and rotate objects on the board and you can export the created content as a mechanical drawing file or an image file.

To sum it up, ExpressPCB is a software tool that delivers what users expect. It may not have the coolest design, but it's free and it's extremely responsive.

John Saunders
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Review summary

Pros

  • Allows the export of the created content
  • Provides templates

Cons

  • Has an outdated look
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