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PCB Artist™: The Best Free PCB Design Software from Advanced Circuits™

Advanced Circuits offers the best free PCB design software available, PCB Artist™.  Since its release in 2007, the free software became highly popular among electronic design hobbyists and professional engineers because of its easy to learn and easy to use interface for simple layouts, but also its powerful capabilities for more advanced PCB designs.  PCB Artist™ quickly became the most active PCB design software on Downloads.com with over 265,000 downloads and counting.

Latest Updates for PCB Artist™ Design Software

The free PCB design software has always had impressive comprehensive tools and advanced capabilities, along with a large library of components.  Today, the latest version of PCB Artist™ 3.2 has an even large library of over 500,000 parts – that is free to use and has many hard to find parts.  The latest version also includes upgrades to the parts Library Manager that has improved the way users search and identify components from the extensive library.

Another new option that has been recently added to the design software is called “Fetch Component” on the Schematic and PCB Context menu that allows for much quicker component placement to the users current cursor position with just a few clicks.  The “Color by Net” feature on the latest 3.2 version has also been upgraded to include a “Color by Net Class” feature on both the Schematic and PCB Drawing modes that makes it easier for users to sort and visualize the nets and net classes in their PCB design.

Being able to design your printed circuit boards with very few restrictions or limits gives you the flexibility to think outside of the box.

PCB Artist™ Design Software Free Live Support

Advanced Circuits™ is the third largest printed circuit board manufacturer in the North America with the largest support team in the industry and largest customer database.  You can rest assured that your project is in good hands, especially when you are designing your printed circuit boards using our PCB Artist™ software.  The software ensures that your projects can be manufactured by Advanced Circuits™ and the easy ordering interface within the software makes ordering your boards simple and quick.

We have set up a phone line for your PCB artist support questions.  Free live support that is available from 8 AM to 5:30 PM MST by calling 1-800-979-4722 x.1025.  You can also email your PCB Artist™ support questions to layoutHelp@4pcb.com.  Click here to view the PCB Artist™ User Guide

Free PCB Design Software That Supports Gerber Output

Unlike many of the other free PCB design software available, Advanced Circuits™’ PCB Artist™ supports Gerber output.  Once your design is completed, you may place your Advanced Circuits™ order via the software where it will be received for manufacturing in Gerber format.  You may request your free set of Gerber files after your order has been placed with Advanced Circuits™.

 

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