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Matt Berggren will be hosting the Hack Chat this week.
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In June 2016, Autodesk acquired Cadsoft, and with it, EAGLE (PCB design software). The plans for new features were announced, some promising development happened, and then only six months later, it was announced that EAGLE would be offering subscription license from now on.
It's quite different to pay $70 once, and hold on to your version 6.0 and never pay for upgrades, than to pay $15 every month forever and be forced to upgrade versions. Naturally, among the community, this caused a lot of outrage.
This begs the question, do we have a right to expect software engineers to work for free to bring us great software? Is it fair to be mad when a company wants to hire developers and pay them a living wage by charging its customers for software?
EAGLE has made some major improvements to their UX, added interesting new features, and is integrating into MCAD, with Fusion 360. This allows a board design to seamlessly integrate as both an electronic design and a mechanical model.
Join us to hear about the new features, state your wishlist to the people who are listening, and hear how things are going for EAGLE under its new ownership.
Matt Berggren is the Director of Autodesk Circuits. He is a HW engineer, programmer, and technologist with a strong interest in opening electronic product design up to everyone. An engineer he has built and consulted on all manner of devices from military, commercial, consumer, and industrial and led teams in China, the US, and Australia building analog & power systems, wired / wireless comms, and any variety of high performance digital systems (MCU, CPU, mixed-FPGA, etc).
Not an EAGLE fan? We'll be speaking with KiCad in the Hack Chat next.
- What new features have been developed in EAGLE since it was acquired?
- What are your wishlist items?
- Technical challenges in designing new features.
- Where can we find resources?
Please add your questions in the comments of this page.