Unsurpassed Pulsonix - How To Use It Better
It's a very easy to use full professional package with an excellent (optional) autorouter.
Pricing starts at $1750 for a basic 1000 pin version. That might seem expensive, compared to other products like Eagle, but given that designs can be completed in a fraction of the time they take with Eagle, it is actually very good value.
Pulsonix combines schematic entry and PCB layout in the one program. It conforms fully to Windows standards and was developed using OOP techniques from the outset, making it easy to add new features and fix problems, without introducing additional bugs.
*Schematic entry is very intuitive - just select the parts needed from the libraries (a preview of the schematic symbol and PCB footprint is provided), place the parts, and connect them. Unlike Eagle, the pins don't have to be on the current grid to be properly connected; the connection 'jumps' to the nearest pin, if necessary.
There is a very useful electrical rules check, which identifies any anomalies, like unconnected pins, unfinished connections, and so on. Components that need to be close together can be 'grouped', and the groups are carried forward to the PCB.
*Part creation is straightforward, with pin- and gate-swapping. Nets can be assigned to pins in the part editor, and unconnected pins are allowed, avoiding clutter on a schematic by not showing the power connections. Net types can be defined for each pin, including no-connects, making it very easy to avoid silly mistakes in the design.
*Pin names and numbers can be copied from data sheets and pasted directly into the part editor of Pulsonix, saving a lot of typing. FPGAs have special requirements and are supported. Excellent reporting facilities are provided, and user scripts can be defined for custom reports, like a particular BOM format.
Wizards are provided for footprint and schematic symbol creation for virtually every type of part, including BGAs. Pads of any shape can be created manually, if required.
*Schematic and PCB designs, and part libraries, may be imported from most other popular packages, including Eagle.
*I used it for over 20 years. A special version of Easy-PC is available.
Overall it was just like; Easy-PC with the interactive autorouter features I wanted. It also has 3D models, import and export ability, etc. Which is typical of a mid range package. But what I really liked was that copper pours worked properly (unlike Altium), the user interface was straight forward and that I didn’t run into any weird random bugs.