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Initial release August 2004
Stable release / July 21, 2014
Preview release 2.9 / BETA
Written in Object Pascal (Delphi)[1]
Operating system Windows, OS X (Wine), Linux (Wine)
Available in available in English and 21 other languages
Type Electronic design automation
License Proprietary
Website diptrace.com

DipTrace is EDA/CAD software for creating schematic diagrams and printed circuit boards. The developers provide multi-lingual interface and tutorials (currently available in English and 21 other languages). [2] DipTrace has 4 modules: Schematic Capture Editor, PCB Layout Editor with built-in shape-based autorouter and 3D Preview & Export, Component Editor, and Pattern Editor.

Basic Features[edit]

  • Simple UI
  • Multi-sheet and hierarchical schematics
  • High-speed shape-based autorouter
  • Smart manual routing tools
  • Wide import / export capabilities
  • Advanced verifications with real-time DRC
  • Real-time 3D PCB preview & STEP export
  • Manufacturing output

Schematic Capture[edit]

Advanced circuit design tool with support of multi-sheet and multi-level hierarchical schematics that delivers a number of features for visual and logical pin connections. Cross-modules management ensures that principal circuits can be easily converted to PCB, back annotated, or imported/exported from/to other EDA, CAD formats and net-lists. DipTrace Schematic has ERC Verification and Spice export for external simulation.

PCB Layout[edit]

Engineering tool for board design with smart manual routing, shape-based autorouter, advanced verification, and wide import/export capabilities. Design requirements are defined by net classes, class-to-class rules, and detailed settings by object types for each class or layer. When routing with real-time DRC, the program reports errors on the fly before actually making them. The board can be previewed in 3D and exported to STEP format for mechanical CAD modeling. Design Rule Check with in-depth detailing and Net Connectivity verification procedures are available.

3D Preview and Export[edit]

This module includes real-time 3D preview & export feature. It shows a model of the manufactured printed circuit board with all components installed. Rotate board in three axes, zoom in and out in real time, change colors of the board, copper areas, solder mask, silkscreen, and background. 3D preview works on all stages of the design. Board can be exported to STEP or VRML 2.0 formats for mechanical CAD modelling. More than 3500 3D models of PCB packages are supplied for free. Externally designed 3D models in *.wrl, *.step, *.iges, and *.3ds formats can be uploaded and attached to patterns in Pattern Editor or PCB Layout.

Component Editor[edit]

Manage component libraries and create single- or multi-part components by selecting a template and its dimensions, defining visual and electrical pin parameters, setting up a Spice model, and attaching pattern with a 3D model to finalize component creation. BSDL import, bulk pin naming, and pin manager tools for pins and buses. Importing libraries from different EDA formats.

Pattern Editor[edit]

Draw patterns with various types of shapes, pads, holes, and dimensions. Circle, Lines (headers, DIP), Square (QFP), Matrix (BGA), Rectangle (RQFP), and Zig-Zag standard templates. Creation of pattern is basically selecting a template, entering a couple of vital parameters, drawing silkscreen, and launching automatic pad renumbering. Custom templates can be created for non-standard patterns. DXF import makes creating complex layouts easier.


Edition Maximum pins and signal layers Price
Full Unlimited pins, Unlimited signal layers $ 895, € 745
Extended 2000 pins, 6 signal layers $ 595, € 495
Standard 1000 pins, 4 signal layers $ 345, € 295
Lite 500 pins, 2 signal layers $ 145, € 125
Starter 300 pins, 2 signal layers $ 75,   € 65

Freeware and Hobbyist versions[edit]

A version of DipTrace is freely available with all the functionality of the full package except that it is limited to 300 pins and non-commercial use[3] or 500 pins (non-commercial use, for a moderate charge)[4] and 2 signal layers. Power and ground plane layers do not count as signal layers, so the free versions can create 4-layer boards with full power and ground planes.

DipTrace 2.9 Beta[edit]

Originally released on August 13, 2015 this version of DipTrace offers basic differential pair routing tools, custom keyboard shortcuts, Gerber X2 and ODB++ manufacturing outputs.

Other sources[edit]

Some hobby and educational groups such as the PICAXE forum members have developed libraries specific to the PICAXE range of microcontroller as produced by Revolution Education including many of the frequently used associated integrated circuits. PICAXE related libraries can be found here:

In January of 2011, Parallax switched from Eagle to DipTrace for developing its printed circuit boards.[5]

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