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Big news for many folks out there who use Eagle… Premier Farnell buys design software firm CadSoft (Eagle) – via oomlout

Premier Farnell has acquired CadSoft Computer, developer of the Eagle brand of electronic design software.

Premier Farnell will market the CAD software through its element14 online community of development engineers. It also plans to extend the CAD software’s capabilities by linking it to their databases in a similar methodology to the DesignLink platform.

“The CadSoft Eagle CAD software extends our portfolio and gives us more tools to help our customers in their design process,” said David Shen, Global Head of eCommerce and Technical Marketing of Premier Farnell.

Along with the launch of DesignLink, which provides a link from CAD tools to product data on Farnell’s website, the acquisition of CadSoft indicates the distributor’s aim to support more of the design process.

The distributor could end up paying euros12m for CadSoft whose software is used by more than 40,000 electronic design engineers throughout the US and Europe.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. ellisgl.myopenid.com says:

    I hope so.. Hopefully they will extend the free version quite a bit.

  2. jeff-o says:

    I just bought the non-profit “standard” version of Eagle. I hope they don’t charge too much for the upgrade when it inevitably rolls through…

  3. mug says:

    The best things you can say about Eagle are that the “introductory version” is free and that a lot of people use it for that reason. But this program badly needs updating including really basic stuff like a decent cut/copy/paste editor and modern file handling. Hopefully there’s going to be some upgrades.

  4. Jack Buffington says:

    Hopefully they fix their upgrading policy. I wanted to go from their standard version to the full version recently and was told that the upgrade cost would be the full cost of the pro version. My experience with other software upgrades has been that you could just pay the difference or the difference plus a little if the version had changed. Not with cadsoft though. I was willing to pay the difference between the versions but not buy another copy of the software outright. I chose bittorrent instead…

    It would also be cool to see the program be upgraded where I could create a schematic and board layout and then be able to import that as a sub assembly into another design. I could lay out all of my common devices in separate files and then join them together as they were needed.