Bartels AutoEngineer - The Most Important User-notes

Bartels AutoEngineer - The Most Important User-notes

Abstract

Bartels AutoEngineer(BAE) is a famous EDA/CAE/CAD/CAM software system for schematic capture, printed circuit board design, and IC/ASIC design.

 

The free BAE Schematic Editor generates a netlist that can be used in BAE and third-party layout systems, simulation tools and FPGA design systems.There's a completely free version that only enables the schematic capture (no layout), with all its features (including hierarchical design). Using just a different license key, this version also serves as the demo version which has all features but cannot create an external file (like Gerber, PDF, ...).

 

Content

1. OS

2. Description

3. User-notes

 

1. OS:

 

Windows, Linux, and various X11/Unix systems.

 

2. Description:

 

Is a professional, complete CAE-package. Starts with BAE Light, the entry-level system for double-sided PCBs up to euro format size (160 × 100 mm). The Bartels Autorouter, as well as all other BAE Professional features and User Language, are included in this price.

 

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3. User-notes:

 

 3.1. Pros:

 

* Well-thought structure of the layout parts, hierarchically structured; seems cumbersome at first but eventually turns out to be really flexible

 

* The size of the routing grid does not affect the performance, gridless routing is possible -- with today's multiple different part grid sizes (mil-based for traditional parts, 0.8/0.65/0.5mm for modern SMDs) this is really important

 

* Much of the application is written in a (compiled, C-like) User language and can thus be modified by the user once you grasped the language (which takes years, admitted -- but it also allows the supporter to just send you an updated ULC implementing your wish)

 

* Very good support even for the low-cost version (BAE Light)

 

3.2. Con's:

 

* The menus look chaotic at first, "historically grown"; they can be user-customized though

* The autorouter is a separate application rather than fully integrated into the layout editor, so you have to flip back and forth between both

* The color handling is quite old-stylish (16 colors which can be RGB-tuned, but you don't have more than those) but then again, the drawing speed resulting out of that is pretty good.