EAGLE v7.3 PCB design software extends 3D capabilities

May 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
CadSoft Computer has released an update to its PCB design software; EAGLE Version 7.3 includes improvements and enhancements based on users’ input.

CadSoft comments that the release is guided by, “... the requests and wishes from our user base. In addition, we also conducted pro-active research with our customers, taking their input to help define a sub-set of meaningful and valuable enhancements that could be made in the interim release version 7.3 whilst maintaining backward compatibility.” The research conducted in autumn 2014 spanned hundreds of professional users who work with EAGLE day-in day-out for the design of their products.

According to them, the Library Editor was the area of EAGLE that would benefit most from improvements. Several enhancements have been implemented to the Library Editor, such as better visibility through a newly-created overview screen and cross-references for each device as well as a simplified editing option for library components. Control panel functionalities have been reviewed and added to deliver better usability. The release of EAGLE Version 7.3 also includes a 64 bit version, improving performance for Windows, Mac and Linux users plus simplified installation for the latter.

An update to the latest UI framework from QT leaves Version 7.3 users with an improved user experience. In recognition of the increasing importance of 3D in PCB design, Version 7.3 includes greater integration of the IDF-3D capabilities, allowing users to view their design in 3D for free as well as providing a smoother experience for exporting STEP and STL files through a third party tool.

CadSoft will run a Google Hangout for those wanting to learn more about this latest release of EAGLE at 3.30pm on 27th May.

CadSoft; www.cadsoftusa.com/

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