Doug Wellington

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  1. I like the sound of Papilio DesignLab. But then, you know... (And Logic Studio sounds like an Apple product to me.)
  2. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Or for $4000 you can become a member for a year and get a "free" VID... Of course, absolutely *no* association with anyone. Nope, no way those numbers could be used as VID/PID combinations. Not. Ever.
  3. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    http://f055.cc/
  4. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    What tool are you using to create those pictures? Do I see SketchUp axes there? FWIW, I like the red solder mask with the white graphics, and it does match the other boards you've done...
  5. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Jack, I think the Arduino color scheme is nice, but I like the red better, it really pops!
  6. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Import a BMP?
  7. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Sure. I've just been whiny about spending the $570 to upgrade to version 6 so that I can use the XML files... LOL
  8. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Unless something has changed, of the ones I mentioned, only ExpressPCB is locked in to a PCB vendor. (Or is Designspark locked in as well?) They're sort of like the Front Panel Express of PCBs, and that's not necessarily a negative... LOL about Altium, we do indeed have that at the day job! I know people who are happy with Diptrace and Rimu, and they are both cheaper than EAGLE Pro...
  9. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    Kicad is great for what it is. One thing I really like about it is that, since there is a one way work flow, it's easy to take a schematic and make multiple board layouts from that schematic. EAGLE has backward annotation, so it isn't as easy to make multiple layouts, but EAGLE has the advantage that if you change (some) things on the board, they are annotated back onto the schematic. With Kicad you have to go back to the schematic, modify things, regenerate the netlist and re-run cvpcb to get the changes. Nothing really wrong with either way, it's just what you prefer... Depending upon what platform you're on, and what tools you want to work with, you might also consider gEDA, Diptrace, Rimu or FreePCB as well. And if you're just trying to have a couple prototypes made, I know several people who are really happy with ExpressPCB. Just for grins, you could cruise http://www.opencollector.org/ and see what they have listed... (I've never used Designspark, but I've heard good things. My first thought was that Newark/Farnell bought EAGLE, so RS wanted to have their own program... LOL) EDIT: I see that they're still working on scripting support in Kicad. I've really *REALLY* gotten used to being able to script things with EAGLE...
  10. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    It doesn't cost anything to upgrade from 6.4 to 6.5. Just download and install the new version... My favorite bug fix from 6.5.0:
  11. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    I own the full Professional version of EAGLE 5, so I already have most of what EAGLE 6 does. As for the old clunker and EAGLE 6, the program wouldn't even start under my version of OS X, it just threw an error. I think it's only a problem on Macs, you can run EAGLE on older Linux and Windows systems with no problem, and of course, EAGLE 5 still works fine on all the computers I use. (Next time, I won't bother with a Mac.) BTW, the hobbyist license is a *GREAT* deal at $169... And FWIW, I've got two young adult kids, so money doesn't always get spent the way I would like it to...
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    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    P.S. Just to be clear, I really do like the idea of using some kind of text-based format for files. You can edit them directly, plus it makes revision control a lot easier... (It's just a bit hard to justify an $500+ upgrade fee to get text files.)
  13. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    That's the theory, yes. Have you ever heard of anyone actually doing that? And you can/could use a ULP to convert anyway... Don't get me wrong, I love EAGLE. Maybe it's because I'm part German! No, I have a seven year old Macbook myself (the two years in my quote reflects my impression of the typical Apple fanboi), and I'm one generation too old on the OS. It's not in front of me right now, but it's the first intel-based Macbook running either OS X 10.4 or 10.5. It's also too old to do iOS development as well (only 32 bits or likesuchas).
  14. Doug Wellington

    8086tiny - A software CPU emulator

    Yes, I had/have a Computerland (remember them?) BC88, with an 8MHz 8088. It was really interesting to me as it had a backplane, and in theory, you could upgrade to an 80286 by replacing the cpu card. Ubergeek! Couldn't play the game "Baby" with it at 8MHz though, had to turn off the "turbo" and go back to 4.77MHz...
  15. Doug Wellington

    The next generation Papilio - help me shape it.

    I like the simplicity and directness of what they did on the bottom of the Mojo board... Do you have an line graphic of a papilio? (Or what about using the face of a papilio troilus?)