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**Winners announced** PCB Pro goes free for 10 licenses

wgiergus
I joined RS Components in January 2016, and have over 10 years experience as an Electronics Design Engineer. I am working to develop and improve DesignSpark PCB as well as other electronics design tools we are offering, so that we can continue to offer engineers all around the world a powerful fully featured solution for creating their schematics and PCBs.

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September 18, 2020 23:11

"Free licence please"
I like DesignSpark

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September 16, 2020 09:20

** Final update 14th of September 2020 **

To all our DesignSpark 10th birthday and PCB Pro participants

Thank you so much for taking part in this competition and for all your great comments! We read them all carefully and have collected your feedback for future developments, so thank you for your effort and time spent both in testing the software and writing your conclusions.

We selected the winners randomly by putting all qualified answers onto a list, and using a random number generator to select the lucky 10…

…And the winners are:

1 masa921

2 choralsilence

3 RichardLand

4 TRC_MASTER

5 ogahara

6 rmfarrar

7 agranor

8 gomond

9 bluegarden0102

10 technet

All our winners will receive an email today with a link to download the software and a Product Key needed to activate it after installation. Congratulations to you all!

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and until next time, please keep designing and sharing with your DesignSpark community.

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September 7, 2020 10:40

"Free licence please"

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September 4, 2020 09:55

**UPDATE** This competition is now closed (31st August 2020, 5pm BST). Thank you for taking part in this competition. The ten winners of a free PCB Pro licence will be announced on Monday 14th September 2020. Good luck! :)

September 3, 2020 14:20

Promotion starts on 3rd August at 9 am BST and will finish on 31st August at 5 pm BST. Entries received after this time will NOT be considered.

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September 3, 2020 14:20

@RS Components Support does that mean the promotion has ended

September 16, 2020 09:19

@aburton Yes. We finished our promotion already.

September 2, 2020 08:14

"Free licence please"
I like the Design rule check and the Schematic/PCB check. The hole program seems well built and I like it a lot:)

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September 3, 2020 14:20

@Sellintor Thank you for your interest, but this promotion has ended. "Promotion starts on 3rd August at 9 am BST and will finish on 31st August at 5 pm BST. Entries received after this time will NOT be considered."

September 2, 2020 08:38

“free licence please”
I use protel 99Se for my projects, but it is an outdated program and it has problems with working under Windows 10. After getting acquainted with Design Spark, I will probably try to do the next project in it.

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September 3, 2020 14:20

@Marian Krasucki Thank you for your interest, but this promotion has ended. "Promotion starts on 3rd August at 9 am BST and will finish on 31st August at 5 pm BST. Entries received after this time will NOT be considered."

September 1, 2020 08:43

“free licence please”
You know when you were in the kitchen stool and then get invited to the lounge with the lazyboy...that's the difference between free and PRO'.
Çome and experience my first three minutes with TRIAL...the link to the book will follow shortly.

What is this ruler things a round the screen...I don't have to measure anymore?
What is this dimension lines on the board ...really...I don''t have to go to edít or create some box to see bottom left screen the dimensions...Wow!

What's this on the right hand side? Notes...are you serious! I created my own note “blocks” in DSpcb free in order to keep track of stuff'.

What's this'? World view...is this an internet thing? I click on it and lo and behold...world view. Common!You can view the project globally.

Let me open this sample project...what's that all about..I don't remember a project presented like that...Immediately I think let me quickly compare my decisions with someone who has done this before...I'm not too bad...looks like I'm on the right track.

But hang on what's this note from Wgiergus (Don''t know his full name...sorry my man!)...– he's not a software engineer but a electronics engineer in software development...that's cool.

Í am an electrician so he should be a good guide to get me where I want to be some day with my product designs!

One day when I can afford to buy the PRO version...its not cheap.

But hang on...Hierarchical schematic design - What's that?
Çan it be?
Ýou can now manage different projects from here. I missed that from the beginning with free.

In general between free and trial...Rclick and there is a good percentage more selections...like “duplicate”. In free if you don't know the shortcut CTL+C and CTL+V you are screwed properly.

So let the thirty days count...Let me submit my first project...
AAAHGGG NOOOO...you can't save in the trial version. Sies man. I could have submitted my demo board for electricians, but yah. Maybe next time.

But I think I have said enough now, lets give others a chance too.

Please be safe...and know with every challenge comes new opportunities. ..we must just find it!

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September 1, 2020 08:43

*free licence please*
DesignSpark (with Design SparkMechanical) are both very efficient tools I have been using with no issues at all and I'd like to carry on having these benefits in perpetuity!

September 1, 2020 08:43

*free licence please*
I've been a user of your excellent DesignSpark PCB software for a number of years now and have found it very easy to use, especially since I'm paralysed from the neck down and can only use it via a headmouse and an onscreen keyboard.

It's the first ECAD I used after my accident in 2000 and never genuinely thought I'd be able to design electronics again (my profession), but thankfully it's very accessible. Recently however I felt I was needing some more sophisticated features and dallied with KiCad, but found it to be very inaccessible for me, so your release of DesignSpark Pro seemed a welcomed opportunity, especially as I could import all of my existing designs.

I couldn't name one single feature that stands out, but in aggregation all of the additional Pro features make it a serious package that should accommodate my future needs for year's to come.

September 1, 2020 08:43

*Free Licence Please*
I have been using EAGLE for many years and then switched to DesignSpark. The changeover was not very difficult and I am enthusiastic about the software. I don't want to miss DesignSpark anymore and I think the Pro version is very successful. For one board a year the Pro version is too expensive for me but if I won it I would be thrilled.

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September 1, 2020 08:43

I am a beginner and started using the tool, The tutorials part are very helpful for getting started, want to explore more options in the tool so *free license please*

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September 1, 2020 08:43

*free licence please*
I think one of the best features of DSPCB pro is the full dual screen option, I do use DSPCB with 2 monitors but the work around can cause problems, otherwise the standard version is great.
Thanks Richard

September 1, 2020 09:21

*Free Licence Please*
I have used DesignSpark for many years because I found it much easier and intuitive to use than other software, however having played with the Pro version for several weeks I just have to say it is much, much better than the free version for a multitude of reasons and takes Schematic design & PCB production to another level, Well Done.
Favourite features of “Pro” are just too numerous to list in just a “comment”, it would take several foolscap pages, however the list below are just a few – of the many & in no particular order – I found very useful.
• Library Manager now has some great extra features to enable greater control over information retrieval, editing, drag & drop from text documents, export & import of CSV files, comparison of component features with the Find & Order buttons, Project folder & Associated Parts tabs, Styles tool, extra “values” pane when browsing components, etc. etc.
• The BOM Composer is greatly improved with much more clarity and user control.
• Dockable Bars which appear when hovering over them including a very useful Note Pad with page markers, a “Text callout” function, a World View for navigation around the sheet or PCB and an instant Properties info Bar.
• The hierarchical blocks feature in the schematic editor & the Design Revision Analysis (also in PCB design).
• Being able to place barcodes onto both schematics and PCB’s is a great tool that could be extremely useful.
• User tools are yet another great addition where I can access all my relevant programs & Information from just a couple of mouse clicks away.
• Accurate dimensions can now be easily placed on the PCB editor screen allowing improved clarity & control over placing of components and mounting holes etc.
• In PCB, again many new features are available under the relevant tabs and those that I would find most useful - but not confined to – are Connectivity check, Spread out and align, swap layers & component positions and connections, Pull tight and fatten tracks, teardrops, auto track necking and Reverse engineer.
• And a very useful PDF or online User Guide document which is well structured, clear & easily navigable.
Great Job!

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August 27, 2020 07:10

Hi there!, I started using DS PCB sometime ago, and DS PCB in itself is a very very good software with almost all the tools required to get one started as a hobbyist, or even a pro in designing one's own circuits and pcb layouts. DS PCB pro however, I found, in the short time I got to use it, takes it a notch higher. There are several time-saving tools and features, some of them being the cutouts,and the block port. The teardrop feature is a really good feature for anybody who needs it. The panel design feature is a real time saver, gets the job done seamlessly. But what I found really amazing, and got addicted to, was the reverse engineering feature. That is a game changer for me, to the point that I think its almost a crime to be offering the license away for free. Keep up the good work guys, to everyone involved in creating such a wonderful software, its almost an art, and you should be proud of it! Cheers! . *free licence please*

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August 27, 2020 07:10

*Free licence please*
I'm using DS pcb in order to check the difference with other free tools.

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August 28, 2020 07:22

@joseph.muraglia Great, but don't forget to post what features you like in order to be in with a chance to win!

August 26, 2020 15:57

Hello, I have used DS PCB for several years for hobby projects. The big win for me in PRO is the ability to panelise or step-and-repeat designs, so as to take advantage of low-priced Chinese manufacturers.
*free licence please*

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August 26, 2020 07:21

* free license please *

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August 26, 2020 15:58

@cncman to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most and enter the phrase *free licence please*.

August 25, 2020 13:00

*free licence please*

I have used many different ECAD systems for many years. But have always returned to DesignSpark PCB as its interface and usage is very familiar to me.

The standard free version however does not allow for measurements in the documentation layer. But the Pro does. This is by far the most useful feature that is only in the pro version.

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August 25, 2020 08:38

*Free licence please*

been using the free DesignSpark for years now, works really. The features I like in the Pro version is the penalizing ability as well as the cut out function that the free version does not have.

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August 25, 2020 08:41

*free licence please*

I've only started learning the pro version today, but I'm already impressed. Once I get familiar with DS PCB Pro, I have a feeling that it will quickly replace the EDA/ECAD program that I've been using.

The ability to do designs with hierarchical schematics is indispensible. More complex designs benefit greatly, particularly in design reviews, from having hierarchical schematics --- so that each section or domain on the board can be analysed and discussed independently. The PCB Panel editor is super nice, since it would allow me to do pre-fab panelization for boards -- which would hopefully front-load the effort before sending the design off to be manufactured.

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August 24, 2020 13:33

*free licence please*

My favorite features are:
・Blind and buried vias
・PCB Stack up manager and display
By using these features, it is possible to miniaturize the circuit board,
which was difficult with the free version.
I also like the feature ,Teardrops, bullet and symmetric pad shapes, which improves the reliability of the circuit board.
I'd like to practice so that I can use it well.

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August 24, 2020 08:28

*free licence please*

I'm using DesingSpark PCB for years now and I'm very happy with it. Compared to this free version the variant manager and the hierarchical schematic design are the two most interesting features for me in the pro version.

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August 24, 2020 08:28

*free licence please*.

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August 24, 2020 08:28

i am using Design spark within its born
i feels comfort for us free license
best of luck

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August 24, 2020 08:28

@Northern Electro Care to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most and enter the phrase *free licence please*.

August 24, 2020 08:29

*free licence please*

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August 24, 2020 08:28

@sorakrai, to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most and enter the phrase *free licence please*.

August 21, 2020 11:46

*free licence please*

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August 24, 2020 08:29

@ismailay, to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most.

August 19, 2020 15:27

*free licence please*
I would even pay for the software but it doesn't allow us in South Africa to do so, why?
We like the blind via features of DS Pro and would really like to get access. We would like to see this software available in our market ASAP please.

September 18, 2020 23:11

@kkloke We would like to sell our software everywhere already, the only problem are taxation rules in different countries... So, that is why we rolling our our Pro software sales slower than we would like to. Please be patient.

August 19, 2020 10:29

*free licence please*
I have only just looked at the pro version today
My favourite so far is the add via function to increase the current carrying capacity of psu circuits. This would save so much time as I normally do this manually with the free version.

I also like the add spiral function which is brilliant when designing rf transmitter circuits.

The trunk function would be invaluable if you were able to automatically make all the tracks the same length when dealing with high speed propogation of connections.

August 20, 2020 07:57

@aburton I meant to put apply via function but cant edit my post. The one that adds vias to tracks

August 19, 2020 10:32

*free licence please*
When we started our company we couldn’t afford expensive software so we looked around for the best free package. DesignSpark PCB fit the bill because it is a good, well supported PCB design package with very few limitations and it is far more intuitive to use then other competing software. However there has always been a few extras that would have been nice to have and DesignSpark PCB Pro goes a long way to addressing these. We particularly like:
1. The panel files for plotting as we are no longer at the mercy of our pcb supplier, now we can the design the panel the way that we want it.
2. As our designs have become more complex and the number of schematic pages has increased, hierarchical blocks gives us an easy to understand global view of our design.
3. Slotted pads – no more workarounds for our DB9’s!
4. As we do a lot of Ethernet and USB designs, the trunk routing feature will be invaluable.
5. The goto error on the pcb will make our pcb debugging go much quicker.
There are loads of other features that we will find useful so well done to DesignSpark for improving on what was already a great pcb design package.

August 18, 2020 08:52

*free licence please*
I've designed a few computers on PCB 9, and I probably spend between 8-12 hours doing traces. I've tried autoroute before, and wrote it off pretty quckly. So, just for fun I unrouted one of my designs and had PRO re-route them. It's so much better. This feature alone, let alone coupled with all the others, makes it an amazing product. Thanks!

August 18, 2020 08:54

*free license please*

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August 19, 2020 10:30

@Zenlec Electronics I can see that you have multiple entry attempts. Only one comment per user is enough. Please remember that in order to qualify for the raffle, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it :) You still have time to make a valid entry!

August 17, 2020 07:07

*free licence please*
DesignSpark Pro offer much more, like the hierarchical design capability, split power planes are the features I really appreciated. In addition, the easy access of component footprint makes the PCB library more complete without too much human-being efforts. Great thought.

August 17, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*
DesignSpark pro has a lot of convenient functions. Especially my favorite function is [auto rename component].
When I Modify circuit diagrams or Copy schematics, It helps me rearrange my schematic, saves my working time.

August 17, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*
Best Software for Personal use. i like the Advance PCB Design Tools most (Teardrops, bullet and symmetric pad shapes, Advanced routing modes and Trunk routing for differential pairs and buses)

August 17, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*

DesignSpark PCB is a very easy to use, I like it :)

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August 17, 2020 07:08

*free licence please* I have been working with it for 3 years :)

August 17, 2020 07:08

@unix , great that you like the free software, but to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most.

August 14, 2020 09:01

Please provide free licence.
I am a self-employed engineer using Design Spark for many years.
Anything free in these difficult times would be most appreciated .

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August 14, 2020 09:00

@Brooks Fire Thank you for using DesignSpark tools, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:) also put a phrase: *free licence please*

August 14, 2020 09:01

I like the Hierarchical building blocks and the new Parts Editor very much.
*free licence please*

August 14, 2020 09:01

*free license please*

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August 14, 2020 09:00

@EliasC Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 13, 2020 11:07

*free license please*

I am using DS free version in the past 5 years and i am very happy with it … way better that any other free design tool available online.

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August 17, 2020 07:08

@Cosmin.Musat, nice to hear you are a long time user of the free software, but to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most.

August 13, 2020 07:57

*free license please*

In DesignSpark PCB Pro I have found what other software offered that supposedly included certain symbologies but when it started working it did not include absolutely anything of what they offered.

On the other hand with DS PCB Pro if I have found an extensive library that is wonderful my favorite functions are the library creation, Introduction to the library creation wizards, and Creating Schematic Designs is the best that this software has had, I am comfortable, satisfied the most important I am very happy.

August 13, 2020 08:00

*free licence please*
Hierarchical design is a feature I have been waiting for. The implementation of blocks is very intuitive and greatly simplifies schematics when working with duplicated sections or complex designs. Adding multi-screen support is a great benefit too particularly for cross probing the schematics and PCB. Also lots of really nice track routing features would make the Pro version a great asset to have.

August 11, 2020 10:28

*free licence please*
With a lot of design software it is immediately obvious that sections are written by different teams or management of these is not consistant, Designspark does have a consistant feel about it, it is easy to use and software checks design rules if you have set them up, unlike some competitors.
I have used things like pcbeasy and others like eagle, and This version of designspark is like chalk and cheese.
I should add that from day 1 a few years ago on first release, this has come on leaps and bounds, especially around component design which is now one of the best i have come across in this price point

August 11, 2020 09:17

*free licence please*

Ich habe DesignSpark für 2 kleine Projekte gebraucht, die uns in unserer Testumgebung weitergeholfen haben.

August 11, 2020 09:17

*free licence please*

I have used DesignSpark PCB for a while now in my personal home projects, It's as good as the high $ software I use at work and is much easier to use.
DesignSpark PCB Pro makes it even better, The hierarchical schematic design makes large projects much easier to design and control, Being able to set the route areas and the advanced routing makes boards clean and easy.
What's not to love about it?

August 10, 2020 12:19

DesignSpark PCB is a very professional & easy to use .

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August 10, 2020 12:17

@HSYU RF Thank you very much! However please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 10, 2020 12:19

*free licence please*
I am a long time Eagle user, and I am quite impressed that you can open and edit eagle files so easily.
I love the DesignSpark component editor it is light years ahead and makes pin swaps and edits so trivial.
I would be very pleased to be able to afford to use it all of the time. Thanks for the trial

August 10, 2020 12:22

free licence please

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August 10, 2020 12:17

@ChunHungHo Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 10, 2020 12:22

*free licence please*

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August 10, 2020 12:16

@klaudio Please remember that in order to qualify for the raffle, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 10, 2020 12:22

*free license please*

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August 10, 2020 12:16

@Zenlec Electronics Please remember that in order to qualify for the raffle, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 10, 2020 12:23

*free license please*
The try copy just for fun but I need the full copy of DesignSpark for my real design works.

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August 10, 2020 12:16

@ChewSK Please remember that in order to qualify for the raffle, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 10, 2020 12:23

*free licence please*
The interface looks amazing.

August 10, 2020 12:23

I like DesignSpark PCB because it has a very professional & easy to use its have more lib.

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August 10, 2020 12:23

*free license please*

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August 10, 2020 12:16

@Zenlec Electronics I can see that this is your second comment. Only one comment per user is enough. Please remember that in order to qualify for the raffle, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 7, 2020 16:46

*free licence please*
I like DesignSpark PCB because it has a very professional approach. I can feel it is made by pros for pros. The probable best feature in DesigneSpark PCB as a whole is how it handles traces and wires. Many other softwares failes in this making editing awkward. DesignSpark PCB is like magic. It is like it reads your mind and just do what you want if you move or edit things.
I think the standard version is now so good that it covers the need for any basic user. But if you need to do very compressed boards or flexible boards, you really should be looking into the Pro version. Here you find features like burried vias and hatch copper pour which are mandatory for such designs. The "Pull Tight Track" feature really shines when it comes to working with reduced sized boards. It makes it so much easier for future routing. With the Pro version also comes an auto router which is a more obvious professional feature but it is the trace features like "Pull Tight Track" and some related track tools that makes me smile most for Designspark Pro.

August 7, 2020 16:46

free licence please

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August 7, 2020 16:46

@bramfm Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 6, 2020 17:07

free license please

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August 6, 2020 17:07

@kzerozr Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 6, 2020 17:07

*free license please*
I am using DesignSpark PCB as my hobby tool and interesting the PCB pro as your information above. If possible, I would like to get this free license.
Thank you very much,
ThaninR

August 6, 2020 17:07

@thaninr Great to hear that, but please remember that in order to qualify, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 6, 2020 17:07

@wgiergus Yes, I installed it already but just beginning to use it. However, I open my old projects and try to edit PCB files. The feature that I like are rulers and "Adjust Track" functions. I used the "Smooth Track". I will try another functions but it do not allow me to save and print then I lose my edited files.

August 6, 2020 17:08

*free licence please*

I am using designspark for the last few years already. I find designspark pcb as the ideal circuit and pcb design software for the reason that I am very comfedent in using it. I must admit, at the time I started using DesignSpark, the library loader was part of designspark software and I do miss that part. Designspark will be my first choice software for any of my electronic/electrical designs.
The new added tabs on the side and menu tabs make it very nice and easy to find your way around along as previously mention features such as auto routing, bus routing, exploded 3D views, integrated footprints and schematics.
I do appreciate everyone's effort and hard work in making designspark easy to work with and reliable which make it pleasurable to do projects with.

Regards

August 6, 2020 08:31

*free licence please*
The exploded 3d views feature is very useful

August 6, 2020 17:07

@nwright Great to hear that, but please remember that in order to qualify, you need to install Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 6, 2020 08:31

*free licence please*
I really like the approach of free DesignSpark tools - Meaning both DesignSpark PCB and DesignSpark Mechanical. DesignSpark PCB Pro version has better import/export capability than Free version. Also overall capability in other areas seems be better.

August 6, 2020 08:30

@Milos74 Thank you! Great to hear that:)

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August 6, 2020 08:31

I love this programme so easy to use, everything goes straight to all the points and dose not move like other programmes do, don't know if you have oval pads or not, this is such an easy programme to use. I Design and make my own PCB's as a hobby, I would love to have a Free Licence, as I am retired now. Thank you.

August 6, 2020 08:32

*free licence please*

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August 6, 2020 08:31

@yuji_matsuda Hi, please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you need to install "DSPCB Pro Free Trial" play around with it and tell as here in the comment section: what features do you like the most?

August 6, 2020 08:33

*free licence please*

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August 6, 2020 08:31

@Ahp2267 Hi, please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you need to install "DSPCB Pro Free Trial" play around with it and tell as here in the comment section: what features do you like the most?

August 6, 2020 08:34

*free licence please*

I used DesignSpark PCB a few years ago when I started my career as an engineer. In fact it was the first electronics design software I used outside of university, allowing me to create my first circuit board as an engineer. The power circuit I created with DesignSpark PCB was simple but efficient, and still functions today under some of the harshest conditions.
I must say PCB Design has come a long way since and improved considerably. The quality of life tools and features such as auto routing, bus routing, exploded 3D views, integrated footprints and schematics (to name but a few) offered by the Pro version is on par with big names out there, and as an electronics design engineer with a few years of experience I would recommend Designspark PCB to anyone.

August 6, 2020 08:30

@EPAndersen Thank you:)

August 6, 2020 08:34

*free licence please*

I really like the interface - clean and easy to get your head round. Actions are logical and make sense with how you get to them!

August 6, 2020 08:35

*free licence please*

What I like most from Pro version is improved - advanced routing and also variant manager.
3D view is great also!

August 5, 2020 16:47

*free licence please*

I used before Eagle from autodesk few years ago I hope to win your pro version because of advanced routing modes & PCB panel editor

August 5, 2020 15:14

Free license please . We need PCB ordering facility

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August 6, 2020 08:30

@dharmapatil Hi, please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you need to install "DSPCB Pro Free Trial" play around with it and tell as here in the comment section: what features do you like the most? What do you mean as "PCB ordering facility"?

August 5, 2020 15:15

*free licence please*
Great Package

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August 17, 2020 07:08

@Peter.Evans great that you like the software, but to be in with a chance of a Pro Licence please remember that in order to qualify for the prize, you need to install the Free Trial and try to learn it and use it. Then, you need to tell as what to you like the most.

August 5, 2020 15:16

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:15

@f.klug Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

August 5, 2020 15:16

*free licence please*

As an IT trainer I often show trainees the possibilities of PCB Pro. After studying electrical engineering, I have now turned my attention to databases and teach database design and database queries. For this purpose I often use data that has been determined by microcontrollers.

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:17

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:16

@ppfred Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:17

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:16

@Zor1al Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:17

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:16

@raphael.breiting Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:17

*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:16

@orestom Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:17

The best feature is the Thermal Calculation which is essential for developing a powerful Healthcare Improvement Solution. Working on current Covid Situation early detection methods the Thermal Image Device I am working on does get hot. The built in system for accuracy in cooling components is vital as it effects the results.
Please feel free check out the development on Twitter & LinkedIn Profile.

Stay safe

Phil
*Free License Please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

Hierarchical schematic design, routing, variant manager and 3D view
*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:17

What I like most from Pro version is improved - advanced routing and also variant manager.
3D view is great also!
*free licence please*

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August 5, 2020 15:17

At the moment I use it for small projects, but soon I will use it to do something more complex since the intuitive interface makes work much easier and allows a design to be done in a short time. One of the things I like the most is the 3D view.

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

I like the large source of components in the parts library and the option to create some for myself if they are not already available *free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

I am new to electronics and I was able to use designspark with fair ease. I am looking forward to sending one of my board designs off to be professional produced.
free license please

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August 5, 2020 15:16

@GeorgeCook Please remember that you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:17

The feature I like most about the new Designspark PCB Pro software is the ability to do Hierarchical schematic design. *free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

The reference designs are a great way to save time when building up larger circuits. Design rule check is also very intuitive. Nice! *free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

I liked the 3D view
*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

My favorite feature of Pro is the variant manager

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:17

sanket47 *free licence please*
The feature of hierarchical schematic design is great!!

August 4, 2020 16:35

Hi, what i really appreciate is the tutorial and ease of use. it would be nice if there was also the translation of the menus (in my case Italian)
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 14:44

There are remarkable develop and improve in Designspark PCB since I am an early user with version 7.0. *free license please*

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August 4, 2020 14:44

It allows me to open PCBA version .pcb files and edit them! That is a big deal to me! Thanks RS DesignSpark dev team! *free license please* so I can put this on the laptop... :)

August 4, 2020 14:44

*free license please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@ShaunPri Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 4, 2020 14:45

What I do not like about DS PCB is that we need an internet connection to use the software.
So now, with DS PCB PRO, i feel that the free version will go away and we will loose the work if we do not buy the PRO version.
I do not see any educational prices for this pro version.
Free or Pro versions are still a no go for me.

August 5, 2020 15:17

@JeanMercier Our software can work offline up to 2 months! After one month you will receive reminder, but you can still work offline one month more. This is due our online functionalities like price and availability, integration with PCB Part Library online source of parts models as well as news from inside the the software. There are not plans for free version to go away.

August 4, 2020 16:35

One Pro feature that i like, *free licence please* , is to have all informations (schematics, layout and 3D) of the whole PCB in one window. Thats what i like most.

August 4, 2020 16:36

DS PCB is a really great product and I am pleased to confirm the fact I will use it often in my future designs.
It is also a great option to switch (like I intend myself) from personal hobby projects to more serious levels.
As a short revue, the tool looks able to perform advanced schematic and PCB designs, with a nice structuring of the project, very user friendly and all for a fantastic price difference (comparing the other tools on the market).
Another cool thing is the integrated LtSpice for the simulation purposes (LtSpice is not really the strongest simulator... but it is however a nice companion, enough good in many regards :)).
The 3d view option and the option to import it into DS Mechanical is another cool feature (you can easily avoid mechanical issues, like components outside the box).
Customization in general is great but regarding the working area and menu bars (more exactly the style, icons size, background color) it will be fantastic to consider few more options to be set by the user. A darker screen for drawings might be a less tiring option for the vision of the user.

All in one I love the tools made by RS (this one and DS Mechanical as well). These 2 tools are the excellent pair of tools you need (beside the skills :) to achieve success in your electronics projects.

I am thankful for all the great work done so far by RS and I will gladly send you the request for a free license of DS PCB PRO:
*free licence please*

My best regards

August 4, 2020 16:36

I am new to DS, found it easy to start working with it.
Great 3D viewing.
Importing of different format that Pro offers is needed.
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 16:37

*free license please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@RandallClinton Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 5, 2020 15:18

@RandallClinton hi there, remember to add your favourite feature(s) to the comments to enter our prize draw :)

August 4, 2020 16:37

software is quick to learn good user interface

August 5, 2020 15:16

@raatgerink Additionally please remember (as it is described in the article) to qualify for the prize you also need to install Free Trial.

August 4, 2020 16:36

@raatgerink thanks, glad you like it :) don't forget to add the comment *free license please* to be in with a chance of winning.

August 4, 2020 16:37

I like the improved (finer)pad editing for the smaller SMD components that is missing from std v9.0
*free license please*

August 4, 2020 16:37

*free license please*

August 4, 2020 14:43

@Beppe_Gatti hey there, come back and tell us what you like best about PCB Pro too, to enter.

August 4, 2020 09:39

*free license please*

August 4, 2020 16:36

@dizayn please remember to comment *free license please* along with your favourite feature to be eligible for the prize draw.

August 4, 2020 09:39

Tolle Software! 3D view ist klasse!
*free license please*

August 4, 2020 09:39

@Gustl312 Lieben Dank, Ihr Feedback freut uns. Viel Glück im Gewinnspiel :)

August 4, 2020 09:39

I Like this Software, and I like the 3D view feature and mechanical Dimensions feature
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 09:40

I'm new to electronics so anything that'll aid in the learning process plus the offer of a free bit of software is an offer I can't refuse. *free licence please*

August 4, 2020 14:43

@smiffer that's fantastic :) As a DesignSpark member, you have free access to DesignSpark PCB and DesignSpark Mechanical, with plenty of training videos to get you going. If you get stuck, you can always ask other members a question in our Questions hub, or contact us through the Support Centre.

August 4, 2020 09:40

I've used this software since 3 years. It is very useful.
Thank you and *free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@ZaroAmine Our Free Trial is only available on our website for a half a year or so, probably you are mixing DSPCB with DSPCB Pro Free Trial? Please read carefully what you need to do in order to qualify for the prize:)

August 4, 2020 09:40

*free licence please*
I have been using this software from v5.
Very flexible and easy add components

August 5, 2020 15:16

@snagendran Great to hear that you are using DSPCB for so long! However, please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most:)

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August 4, 2020 09:40

Just installed it. Must spend time to evaluate. Looks fine. *free licence please*

August 4, 2020 09:40

*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 16:36

@cepega hi, thanks for your comment, but don't forget you need to tell us your favourite feature in DS PCB Pro as well if you want to enter the prize draw. You can install the free trial version and evaluate :)

August 4, 2020 09:40

I like the tailorable BOM composer, that helps me send out exactly that Data that I want to send out for purchasing. *free license please*

August 4, 2020 09:40

This software is easy to learn for the novice in designing, so I would be happy about the license. * Free license please *

August 4, 2020 07:07

I have been using the free version for many years. It is nice to be able to compare with the PRO version. Free licence please

August 5, 2020 15:16

@Tinkerer11 Thank you for using our software so long!

August 4, 2020 07:07

*free license please*
I had need "the stackup control & paneling". Wow now it's here. :-)

August 4, 2020 07:07

I really missed the fact that I couldn't turn the PCB around. It's great that the PRO version includes the reverse view!
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:07

PCB, Panel Design, Schematic Symbol & Design, and many more. I like every feature.

Let me explore all with your free license :-)

*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:07

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@Mando Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

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August 4, 2020 07:07

I am new to 3D printing and have been exploring various cad programs to help with this. Out of all of them I have found your free tutorials and videos a very simple and straight-forward way to learn your software. As I only want to commit my time to learning one CAD program, I am happy to say that this appears to be it!
*free license please*

August 4, 2020 07:08

I've used previous versions of DS PCB, it always seems superb to me. In fact, it´s the only one I use.
Being a long time user (I mean, this isn´t a criticism), I found what could be a bug, or an issue of compatibility. When I click on the 3D button (or pres Alt + 3), the program displays the progress indicator cursor, and after a few seconds, it stops and exit without any other sign. I´m running it on a Windows 10 Pro installed on a i7 processor with 16Gb of RAM. Thanks for your attention.
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:07

My favorite is the ability to perform parametric search into RS Components . Powerful and so easy. Best pain and time-saver ever.
*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@djp8djp Thank you for your comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like the most in it:)

August 4, 2020 07:07

*Free Licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@shuug Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

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August 4, 2020 07:08

*Free Licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@Zenlec Electronics Thank you for your comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like

August 4, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*
Hierarchical schematic design makes it much easier to organize a design and keep it understandable for larger complex designs
The new BOM Composer also helps create in-house documentation and updating a design helps with Change Orders
The PCB pad shapes is one of the things that has been missing from many PCB design packages I have always liked elongated pads for the look and ease of soldering.

August 4, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@herdy Thank you for your comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial play around with it and tell as what to you like

August 4, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:15

@rayh11 Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

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August 4, 2020 07:08

3D feature, great

August 4, 2020 07:08

*free licence please*.

August 5, 2020 15:15

@Hobb3s Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

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August 4, 2020 07:08

PCB, Panel Design, Schematic Symbol & Design, and many more. I like every feature.

Let me explore all with your free license :-)

*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:08

Mechanical cooperation.
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:09

Most liked pro features:
1) Panel Editor
2) Mechanical Dimensions
3) Hierarchical Design capability

*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:09

I came from a Mentor Pads background, a year ago I started investigating alternative PCB packages, looked at half a dozen, and settled eventually on the RS DesignSpark package. I had a four layer design completed in a week, which says a lot about the software. The biggest investment in a package has to be the component libraries, the vendor supplied parts are OK, but I often prefer to customize, and the tools in DesignSpark worked well. I appreciate the work that has gone into producing this quality software.
*free license please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@rickgee49 Thank you for the nice words! Thank you for showing us your PCB design. If you have a time and your design is no secret, please consider writing article about it:)

August 4, 2020 07:09

I like the feature panel design and variant manager when you are preparing your design for serial production
I've used DesignSpark Free Version since 2015. I would love to use the Pro Version, but just can't afford it.
*free license please*

August 4, 2020 07:09

panel design
bom composer
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:09

I have found Design Spark Mechanical very user friendly for a relative newbie designer like me
*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@pdougan Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

August 4, 2020 07:09

I like export feature to Design Spark Mechanical.
*free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:09

*free licence please*
I like the way the products are integrated.

August 4, 2020 07:09

free license please

August 5, 2020 15:16

@piramida Please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

August 4, 2020 07:09

*free licence please*
I like the hierarchical blocks feature that comes with Pro. It allows the re-use of common circuit blocks so much easier without having to re-draw them all the time.

August 4, 2020 07:09

free licence sir please

August 5, 2020 15:16

@YousafEngineer Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

August 4, 2020 07:10

I like the seamless integration of the set. *free license please*

August 4, 2020 07:10

Using the free verson and recently updated. Love the ability to dimension drawing so easily and to check measurements as you go, also the curving and chamfering of corners is so efficient. It is so user friendly compared t other programmes i have used. free licence please

August 4, 2020 07:10

I request a free licence please because the feature of interaction with CAD mechanical, CAD electrical and other areas in very important now in the engineering design.

August 4, 2020 07:10

I'd love a user library of common designs sub components (e.g. a smps, i/o structure) which I could drop into a design. The 3d visualizer is somethig I find very useful and am trying to integrate the 3d output into mechanical cad to check for design problems. *free licence please*

August 4, 2020 07:10

*free license please*

August 5, 2020 15:16

@gdegan Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

MV1

August 4, 2020 07:10

*free licence please*

August 5, 2020 15:15

@MV1 Thank you for the comment, but please remember that in order to qualify for the prize (as it states in the article) you have to install Free Trial, play around with it and tell as what feature do you like the most:)

August 4, 2020 07:10

I like the ease of use in Design Spark PCB Pro. All of the features are great to me as I found this product easy to use and fits perfectly with my company's needs. *free licence please*

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