A few years ago EAGLE free version was the most used tool by hobbyists and newcomers was probably more than enough for their needs - 8x10cm, 2 layers. With the proliferation of affordable PCB fabs like OSHPark, Seeed people are willing to venture beyond what the free version offered, dabbling with 4 layers, making it bigger in size, all .
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I just submitted some PCBs to frtizing fab. Which one of Seeed or OSHPark (assuming you have used both services) would you suggest for the next iteration ?
Thanks for KiCad advice. Although I would suggest that other first timers like me could start with Fritzing *if* they wish to opt for an easier learning curve.