is a straightforward application meant to help you design simple and complex printed circuit boards which can then be created and delivered to you.
The application is very easy to install and use. It displays a comprehensive interface that is clean and neatly organized. You have all the commonly used tools and instruments available in side panels which you can detach and place anywhere you want on the screen. It’s a feature that you find on similar applications as well but it’s good to have it here as well because it contributes to a good workflow.
With Pad2Pad you can design a PCB in a few, simple and logical steps. You first have to create the shape of the board, add the place pads and footprints. Afterwards, you set up the electrical nets. This is easily done using graphical representations.
You can insert into your project and use traces, footprints, simple and multi-layered pads, polygons, circles, arcs and text. In case the design of the board gets too complex and you can’t find an element, you can use the application’s search function to locate it.
Having the pieces placed in position, you can then connect them manually or using the ‘Auto Routing” tool. It automatically routes all the components and notifies you in case errors are detected. It lets you know if there are any short-circuits or missing connections. This way you know what needs fixing before you place your order and receive a board that just won’t work.
Since using this application you’re actually able to send the blueprint to a manufacturer, Pad2Pad is able to generate a parts list in which you can enter details such as vendor, part ID, description and unit piece which ultimately help you get and idea of the overall cost for the board.
In closing, Pad2Pad is by all means a well structured and helpful tool that can definitely help you design custom PCBs.