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  • #21
    I learned Altium at uni and used it a lot for home projects... after uni I never found something I much liked to replace Altium. Fast forward a few years, bring CERN into the picture, and now KiCad is more than good enough for run-of-the-mill MCU + interfaces/sensors/misc. periphs on 2/4-layer boards. I used Altium for a work project a while back, and honestly I am more comfortable with KiCad these days. The library management could do with a lot of work though (Altium isn't exactly the bees knees there either).

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    • #22
      Originally posted by Nout View Post
      I used to do some stuff with Eagle because I disliked KiCAD, but I recently found out about LibrePCB. I didn't like KiCAD because I couldn't be bothered deciphering the unintuitive interface, and LibrePCB really is easy to get used to coming from Eagle.
      I was in the same boat, using Eagle because v4 Kicad and earlier was absolute garbage (imho). v5 is actually quite usable now, so I've switched over. I've also changed jobs and are doing open source designs rather than proprietary, so it helps if the tools are open as well.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by PeeJay View Post
        I've also changed jobs and are doing open source designs rather than proprietary, so it helps if the tools are open as well.
        That's true even for proprietary stuff if PCB design isn't a primary activity in the company. To get access to an Altium license at work I had to jump through quite a few hoops. For any co-workers, or future replacement me, to work with my Altium designs they have quite a large barrier, whereas if I do the work in KiCad, it's simply a matter of grabbing a copy of KiCad and you're done.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by kenjo View Post

          I wrote "I do not see any alternative than QT" means that its the best option by far. not that it's the only option. FOX is not even close it does not run on macos for example.
          FOX runs on macOS, but it requires XServer.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Vistaus View Post

            FOX runs on macOS, but it requires XServer.
            That's more or less a no-go. XQuartz appears to be unmaintained for over 2 years.

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