I’m basically married to Eagle until the end of days, simply because I’m so hopelessly used to it that it would take a pretty darn amazing package at a pretty darn amazing price to convince me to change. That said … there are some things that annoy me (though that’s true of any complex SW package). One of my biggest pet peaves is how hard it can be to find teeny tiny little unrouted airwires. Is Eagle taunting you with 1 remaining airwire and zoom as you might you can’t find it? I used to turn every layer off except 19, but that’s annoying since I sometimes don’t remember what to turn back on. While Eagle SHOULD have a feature to highlight these airwires … I found a better solution tonight searching for a mystery wire. Zoom back … WAAAaaay back … until your board is teeny tiny. Then select the Route tool and click just about anywhere on your PCB. This should grab the airware, and you can at least get an idea of where it is. Glamourous? Nope. Functional? Yes!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.
Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!
Maker Business — Japanese word working and more in December’s issue of HackSpace magazine!
Wearables — Solder-less magic
Electronics — = != ==.
Biohacking — Finding Bliss with Anandamide
Python for Microcontrollers — sysfs is dead! long live libgpiod! libgpiod for linux & Python running hardware @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF #Python @Adafruit #Adafruit
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.