In Reply to: PCB design software; which is the best??? posted by Peepers on 07/01/03 at 12:19 PM:
For schematic entry -- ORCAD LITE 9.2 is the best tool and very economical also.
For PCB layouting-- CADSTAR, PROTEL,PADS,CADENCE and VERIBEST are the best ( I have mentioned it in the order of increasing price)
For signal integrity aspects go in for a combination of ORCAD LITE+PADS or ORCAD LITE + CADSTAR or
2) EXPEDITION PCB (VERIBEST)tools suite.-- This is excellent.
3) CADENCE FLOW TOOLS ( COMPLETE SET)-- This is also really good.
This is an unbiased opinion based on my experience with all these tools.