For those of you getting into creating your own PCBs, here's some quick advice:
We use the CADSoft Eagle software
(free version can handle up to two PCB layers). It's powerful but pretty hard to learn. For easier to use (albeit more limited) software, you might try PCBArtist
(also free). I'm a newbie, so I use PCBArtist. Jordi is an old hand, so he's now using the pro version of the Eagle software.
Once you've designed your board you need to send it off to be fabbed. Here's some advice on the best companies to do that, from a friend, a pro in the industry:
"Most of my fab is done by 4PCB
. They have good service, online-quotes, fast turn-times, web-tracking and good prices for rectangular any-layer boards. $500 free for first-time customers.
For extra cheap small quantities of 2-layer rectangular boards without soldermask or legend: BarebonesPCB
(they are actually a re-badged 4pcb).
For odd shapes, cut-outs or gold plating, I use: BACircuits
4pcb can do it all, but they charge a hefty premium for non-standard stuff."