Bartels AutoEngineer - The Most Important User-notes
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, ...).
Windows, Linux, and various X11/Unix systems.
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.
* 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)
* 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.