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DESIGN TOOLS & RESOURCES:

  • KiCAD¬†– Open source Schematic, PCB Layout, BOM, PCB analysis tools, 3D rendering, Gerber viewer
  • KiCAD Schematic Decal Wizard¬†– Tool for quick autocreation of KiCAD schematic decals (need one for PCB footprints) ūüôā
  • KiCAD Librarian
  • CycleRecorder
  • Eagle PCB –¬†Schematic, PCB Layout, BOM, PCB analysis tools, 3D rendering, Gerber viewer (?)
  • gEDA – Open source Schematic, PCB Layout, BOM, other features (?)
  • Mentor Graphics¬†–¬†Schematic, PCB Layout, BOM, PCB analysis tools, 3D rendering, Gerber viewer
  • gerbv –¬†Gerbv is a viewer for Gerber RS-274X files, Excellon drill files, and CSV pick-and-place files.
  • CAM350¬†– Great gerber viewer/editor, but it’s not free.
  • GC-Prevue¬†– Another good gerber viewer/editor. ¬†Free version allows viewing, paid version allows editing.
  • Schematics.com –¬†Schematics is the language of electronics. It provides a¬†concise and comprehensive diagrammatic description of a circuit.¬†Schematics.com allows users to connect and share designs and ideas in a¬†like-minded community
  • ASCII Encoding –¬†The Ultimate Guide to ASCII Encoding
  • Online Components – The Online Distributor of Electronic Components
  • 3D Content Central – A huge online library of 3D models of various electronic and mechanical components.

LCD IMAGE CONVERSION UTILITIES:

  • GIMP –¬†The Free & Open Source Image Editor
  • ResourceCollectionTool – Used to convert 96×96 color bitmaps to hex tables for the HEXIWEAR.
  • bmp2hex¬†– Utility for converting bitmap images to various digital RGB data tables for microcontrollers.
  • imagedog – Utility for converting monochrome images to digital pixel data tables for microcontrollers.
  • bmp2asm¬†– Utility for converting monochrome images to digital pixel data tables for microcontrollers.
  • LCD Tools for Windows¬†from¬†Electronics Assembly. ¬†Direct link¬†here.
  • fastlcd from¬†Amontec. ¬†Direct link¬†here.
  • bmp-lcd –¬†BMP to LCD 128×64 Converter for ST7565
  • Bitmap2LCD –¬†Graphic Programming Tool for small Graphic LCD

SERIAL PORT UTILITIES:

  • RealTerm¬†– Loads of features. ¬†One of the best terminal emulators I have run across.
  • Terminal¬†– Loads of features. ¬†Does real-time graphing of serial data. ¬†Supports scripting.
  • CoolTerm¬†– Simple to use, fewer features than RealTerm, but a very nice terminal emulator.
  • TeraTerm¬†– Another simple terminal emulator.
  • uCon¬†– Another terminal emulator with more of a GUI look/feel than PuTTY.
  • PuTTY¬†– Very simplistic & nice. ¬†No install required, so no admin rights required to run.
  • hyperterm – The classic and probably most widely known/used terminal emulator that Windows decided to drop after XP.
  • portMon – Great port listener and data display. ¬†Shows activity on the serial port at a system-level, such as port open/closed, data sent/received, and timestamps¬†(Win XP only, but works great otherwise).
  • SerialChart¬†– Displays ASCII data in the data view window, while parsing and plotting ASCII numeric data in real-time. ¬†The parsing engine is very configurable via simple script.
  • DatPlot¬†– For plotting captured data (post-process, not real-time)

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