For those into board design, Eagle is a nice free (for non-commercial use) option which has, until now, lacked XML structure.  Eagle will soon support importing & translating from other formats among other productivity improvements.  Until now, this compatibility issue has prevented myself and likely many others from using Eagle as a primary PCB design tool.  I believe the DIYD crew also uses Eagle for designing Arduboards.

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Comment by Michael Pursifull on September 13, 2011 at 5:27pm

I've seen Eagle files all over SparkFun. I noticed a "Teaser peek" article At Element 14 and an announcement of this at Adafruit. I have never used Eagle, but it seems to be popular in the OpenSource hardware community, and of general interest to this audience. Thanks for sharing Shannon. This screen shot might make a better image than the marketing flash but then I'm partial to text, even if it is a screenshot :)


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2011 at 1:12am

This is great news. We do indeed use Eagle and it's been long overdue for an upgrade like this. 


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 14, 2011 at 1:35am

Just a small correction. Eagle is closed source payware. But the free (trial) version has enough functionality for most DIY purposes and no time or file saving limitations. And a VERY extensive library of parts available for free. Hence the popularity.

Comment by Héctor García de Marina on September 14, 2011 at 3:45am

I hope moving from v5 would not be so expensive :P


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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2011 at 8:55am

John Arne: I've corrected the post to make clear it's not open source, just free for some uses.

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