AlterPCB Python Prototype
AlterPCB is an open-source, cross-platform PCB design program. This is the Python prototype version. The 'real' (C++) version can be found here:
This program is usable, but very slow and not user-friendly. Incorrect use can produce errors, I have no intention to fix this since this was only a prototype. I do not offer any support for this. Please do not e-mail me questions, bug reports or feature requests, they will probably be ignored.
A few example PCBs can be found in
You can start the program by running:
./alterpcb_editor.py <dir1> <dir2> ...
The directories are used to load AlterPCB libraries. AlterPCB does not make a distiction between footprint libraries and PCB documents like most other PCB tools do - it's all the same. So usually you want to load both the 'components' directory (which contains basic components like resistors) as well as your project directory. For example:
./alterpcb_editor.py components pcb_biastee_maarten
All features are actived by hotkeys. Press F1 to see a list of all hotkeys and their function.
The code has never been tested on any platform other than Linux. In theory it should be cross-platform, but some steps (e.g. Gerber export) require command-line tools like
zip, which generally aren't available on non-Unix platforms.
GNU GPL v3 - read 'COPYING' for more info.