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EagleCad software?

I noticed that there was a software that was called Eagle PCB design software but it costs money while there is a version that is free. It appears to me they can do the same thing so, why is the PCB design software $49 but the regular software free?

The paid version has no limitations. The free version does have some limitations including:

The useable board area is limited to 100 x 80 mm (4 x 3.2 inches).
Only two signal layers can be used (Top and Bottom).
The schematic editor can only create one sheet.
Support is only available via email or through our forum (no fax or phone support).
Use is limited to non-profit applications or evaluation purposes.
Because you have limitations in the free version which is a PITA for a pro-user, who won't balk at 49 USD.
blinkyblinky (author)  steveastrouk2 years ago
I don't really understand...sorry.
He is saying that the paid version has no limitations. The free version does have some limitations including:

The useable board area is limited to 100 x 80 mm (4 x 3.2 inches).
Only two signal layers can be used (Top and Bottom).
The schematic editor can only create one sheet.
Support is only available via email or through our forum (no fax or phone support).
Use is limited to non-profit applications or evaluation purposes.
blinkyblinky (author)  Awesome-aniac2 years ago
Can you copy and paste so I can select you as best answer. Thanks.
blinkyblinky (author)  Awesome-aniac2 years ago
Thanks.
Thanks. That's exactly what I mean. I tried Eagle and rejected it, compared to my usual Easy-PC system. EasyPC makes making library components MUCH simpler.
fustini2 years ago
The freeware version of EAGLE is for non-commercial use only. The $49 light version has the same restrictions on board size and layers as the freeware but is licensed for commercial use. However, the light version is now $69 for V6:

http://www.cadsoftusa.com/shop/pricing/?language=en

Cheers,
Drew
blinkyblinky (author)  fustini2 years ago
So according to what you are saying even if I purchase the software I still have a limited board size?
Yeah, EAGLE uses tiered licensing which offers different prices based on board size/layers, modules & time period. The "light" version is exact same as the freeware version for size & layers. It fulfills the need for circumstances where someone is doing design for commercial purposes within those board constraints.

Here's a wizard on their site that goes through the different options:

https://www.cadsoft.de/buy-eagle/

Cheers,
Drew
blinkyblinky (author)  fustini2 years ago
Thanks.
framistan2 years ago
i use expresspcb. I found it much easier to use than EAGLE. Also express pcb is free download of their software at expresspcb dot com. For about 60 dollars they will make 3 boards for you. ( Double sided about 3.8 inches by 2.5 inches miniboard service). They ship quickly within about 3 days.
blinkyblinky (author)  framistan2 years ago
I was able to get eagle to work fine. However, by the looksof ExpressPCB it seems pretty cool but I will stick with Eagle for now.