Giveaway: Cadsoft EAGLE licenses

Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 in contest by DP

There are a ton of amazing open source projects that fit within the restrictions of the freeware version of the Eagle PCB layout program. Sometimes you might want something bigger for a personal project, so this week we have three Cadsoft Eagle Hobbyist licenses to give away.

The Hobbyist license enables everything in the EAGLE Standard Edition (six signal layers and 160x100mm routing area) with all three modules (Layout+Schematic+Autorouter). Please note that the Hobbyist license is limited to strictly non-commercial use.

Leave a comment on this post with an idea that would benefit from the extended features of a hobbyist license, and one of the licenses could be yours on Thursday.

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180 Responses to “Giveaway: Cadsoft EAGLE licenses”

  1. Great opportunity for me to start learning EAGLE!

  2. pr0cj0n says:

    I would like to get one if it’s possible.

  3. YT2095 says:

    it would be nice to move away from veroboard and wire-wrap, I wouldn`t mind being considered for this.

  4. Arnd Gronenberg says:

    I love Eagle and would be more than happy if I would be the lucky one!

  5. Nicholas says:

    Let’s try this contest!

  6. Andy S says:

    Fingers crossed that this time it’ll be me!

  7. james says:

    A nice give away of great software. Fingers crossed!

  8. Stephen Upham says:

    Wow! It would be great to be the lucky winner of a Cadsoft Eagle Hobbyist License!

  9. Dimitris Saltas says:

    That is great! I hope I can have one!

  10. Kenneth McCall says:

    This would totally be nice to have!

  11. Camilo says:

    Epic Eagle is epic!

  12. Nate says:

    I’m interested! Hope I win!

  13. Graham Bloice says:

    I’ve come close to buying the hobbyist licence a few times, but could never quite justify the cost for my hobby. To win one of the licences would be wonderful and allow me to explore several current projects for R/C telemetry, BLDC motor controllers and home automation.

  14. Remorilla says:

    I’m also interested ^^

  15. Rudi van Drunen says:

    Wow, this would be a great way to get something designed over the holidays. Getting all those projects out of the breadboard stage…..

  16. uglyduck says:

    I am interested too. Fingers crossed!

  17. Udi says:

    I would like one please!

  18. Guillaume says:


    I would be pretty happy to be able to design a powerful cortex M3 based reprap controller board, with accessible connectors on once side for proper wiring, and embedded stepper driver on the pcb – sadly, free license limit board to 100×100, and current surface estimation would need at least 4 more centimeters to be properly usable :)

  19. Daniel Smith says:

    This would be so useful for school projects. I would love to learn to make my own PCBs instead of just breadboarding projects.

  20. Arup says:

    Ah, this had to be happened. After one year, our designs will be UN-editable by ourselves as then we’ll be downgraded to the free edition.
    I wonder, if free eagle will be available then? It’s better to download and archive, as we don’t know what will happen after cadsoft to E14 transfer completes.

    • Sjaak says:

      The license is not time limitted and fully functional, the only limit is you can;t make money with the schematic/pcbs.

      I’m wondering how strictly they are with enforcing it.. And how they can tell from gerbers..

      • Arup says:

        I thought I read in forum that the offered license is of 1 year.

      • Sjaak says:

        The original offer was a one year license full version (unlimited boardsize, multiple sheets, 6 layer, the lot) Later on this was changed to 3 hobby licenses.


      • Arup says:

        Oh Good.
        I’m a hobbyist, and I say that for a village based hobbyist like me will never use any 4 layer board. Sometimes the size limitation can cause problems in large sized projects, but when we do TT for PCB here, we can easily route two boards (project_xxx_1.brd and project_xx_2.brd) with symmetrical semi routed buses in the top and bottom. When we export image then blacken it at gimp/photoshop, we can easily stitch two bitmaps.
        And for the worst case, leave eagle and switch to geda.

        Any geda user here? Remember “GNUduino – Arduino made with gEDA”

  21. Vladimir says:

    I don’t need this.

    • Arup says:

      Yeah. Unofficially the free light edition Eagle of 5.4 version supports large boards, not limited by 100×80 limit as in 5.11(latest)., Grab a copy of 5.4.0 from any web archive.
      Note: I don’t use autorouter which makes messy routings :P

  22. Nis Sarup says:

    I haven’t won a board yet, so I’m sure to win this ;)

  23. beth says:

    Please god of randomness choose me between this poor mortals ;).

  24. Liam McQuellin says:

    It would be wonderful to be able to learn to create 4 layer boards!

  25. bkgable says:

    I would like to do a board 3×5 > Eagle’s 3×4 (80×100) limit.

  26. Jim Wilson says:

    I would like one. Fingers crossed.

  27. Chuckt says:

    Consider how expensive it is for people to start a business. Most people live from paycheck to paycheck and some families don’t have savings accounts. I understand that people want to get paid but a license stands in the way of an idea going from hobby to commercial.

  28. crenn says:

    I’m currently in the process of designing a small and compact UAV board containing the wireless modules, the sensors, CPLD/FPGA and the microcontroller to drive everything (I expect it to go through a lot of iterations) for my projects, and 2 signals layers is not going to be enough for this kind of project! Being able to split the design upto multiple schematics would also be very handy during the design phase.

  29. Steve Marple says:

    I’m in the process of designing/prototyping an open-source magnetometer for AuroraWatch UK. We have a few designs on our web pages but nothing which gives a digital output. The aim is to produce a simple kit which can be built at home/school and allow members of the public to contribute their magnetometer readings to the AuroraWatch network. In addition to being a fun project we hope that crowdsourcing will give us a more resilent and accurate aurora prediction service.

    I already have an open-source development board and a wifi/SD/magnetometer shield, but I can’t fit everything into an 8 x 10cm PCB. AuroraWatch UK receives no funding, but our free alerts service has 40000 email subscribers and 5500 twitter followers. We could really make use of the hobbyist version of Eagle for this project.

    Steve Marple
    AuroraWatch UK

  30. Mike says:

    I think it would be great to use professional quality software for a change. I have heard nothing but good things about Eagle and can’t wait to try it.

  31. PiX says:

    I’m in. Fingers crossed.

  32. Bogdan Suta says:

    I want one! :)

  33. Joe Desbonnet says:


  34. kuhltwo says:

    I would like one. I have too many projects that require multi-layer boards.

  35. Aljaž Srebrnič says:

    Hey! Currently beta-testing v6, would be wonderful to have a hobbyist license!

  36. WallaceIT says:

    I’m working on a embedded 8-bit “web server” for sensors, home control etc. connected to a small CANbus network; a license could help me designing complete boards and not only parts of them

  37. Andrievs says:

    Returned to Eagle after years of using different products. Now pretty happy with Eagle 5.11. In a modern SMD world I could live with a board size limits but experience difficulties in a lack of multiple sheet schematics.

  38. Luca says:

    I’m working on some open source projects which won’t fit in 3×4″ so an hobbistic license would be great! thanks

  39. Matt says:

    I would could design more boards for my 3-d led cube and robots.

  40. I currently design in FreePCB in an attempt to go more open source but no one really uses the software. Eagle is industry standard software and is accepted by the electronics community as being the top tier. Having a copy of Eagle would no doubt improve my PCB designs and effort. It has superior control over your libraries and built in schematic support to boot!

    • you are insane says:

      KiCAD and gEDA are open source and also industry standard and also very accepted by the hobby community as well as by the professional community (kicad is more hobby and geda is more professional oriented)

  41. tong says:

    I would like to win Cadsoft Eagle Hobbyist license as I’m interested to make start making PCBs for some speaker modification project that I have in mind. Thanks for the opportunity.

  42. Marius Jonsson says:


    With this licence I could meet the requirements of my open-hardware, super-compact matchbox-sized toolbox $15 “switch-mode/linear-in-tandem”-power supply.

    I am making a power supply which you can carry with you to power almost everything. It can be charged with solar energy and connect to anything delivering power.

    This licence would be a great boost of the project.

    Thank you for your time.

    Marius Jonsson

  43. Having more features available in a tool will lead to a wider variety of the products made by the tool.
    Imagine what kind of open source projects will start popping up once imagination is not limited by a tool?

  44. Oli says:

    I think that multilayer boards get more and more important, also for hobbyists, if you want to design a board with a high pin microcontroller or FPGA, because there you nearly almoset want two solid ground and supply layers for stability. So two layers are not enough anymore.

  45. Jbows says:

    Multi layer boards would greatly improve my class D boom box project.

  46. Andreas says:

    For me as a DIP friend, the Hobbyist license is great, due to the limitations of board size in Demo version.

  47. Zeta says:

    When I tried do to a rotating LED stick I came across the board size limitation. The board would be just 1.5cm wide but it would be 15cm large and hence too large to fit inside the Light Licence. In the end I had to break the design and join it on a gerber viewer. This Hobbyst licence would allow me properly layouth the design.

    Also, being allowed to use more schematic sheets is a bless for any proyect.
    I Hope I can get a licence. Fingers crossed! :)

  48. Hendrik Lipka says:

    I would like to move my analog-digital mixed-signal scope (see prototype to a real thing. This means having a real PCB instead of the PSoC dev kit – and this will be larger than 100×80 mm, so the hobbyist edition would come in handy.

  49. Having used and promoted Cadsoft’s Eagle for years, it would be nice to be enabled with a Hobbyist license. It’d be great for designing future versions of the boards of my Tilto Vehicle (
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  50. David says:

    It’s great to see the spirit of support and giving to the community. I would love to be able to design a board that doesn’t need to be pieced together. Fingers (and toes) crossed.

  51. lovro says:

    i would like to start experimenting with 4-layer boards. Hope I get it :-)

  52. Jacques says:

    Very frustating to spend 20x100mm on each pcb i buy to seeedstudio.
    100x100mm is perfect for me but 100×160 will fit ;-)
    thanks in advance

  53. Raul Zanardo says:

    With a extention to hobbysts many of the not documented components not converted to librarys could became new library, making the library database even bigger.

  54. haley says:

    6 layers of routing! Time for some serious high frequency layout.
    This is a good feature to enable hobbyist to design boards based of ARM similar to BeagleBoard!
    Also please push Seeedstudio for 6 layers manufacturing.

  55. Johan Rydmark says:

    It would be very nice to win a license!

  56. Riktw says:

    Wow, nice give-away. I would like one :)

  57. Sjaak says:

    Are there any cheap pcb manufacturers that can cheaply produce more then 2 layers? Otherwise I don’t see much advantage for hobbyists (except the multi sheet function).

    For me the free version is enough, never really got in trouble by boardsize.

  58. John M. says:

    I’ve started an open source Nixie Clock project, but I’ve hit a roadblock with the free version of Eagle due to board size limitations. The ‘tube board’ needs to be relatively long and narrow to properly space out the tubes, and the free version only allows space for 3 tubes (out of 6!). I’d love to get one of these licenses in order to finish up this cool project, and share it with the DP community!!


  59. Kiran Jose says:

    Couple of months back I received an LPC chip demo package from NXP semi. They send it as if it is some sort of big free offer. The fact was that I got an LPC chip in wafer level pack more or less like a BGA, completely useless. I was thinking about ways to take out the leads out in some manner and at last I gave up. The only possibility is to design a multilevel board I suppose. But my question is that even if we design a board is there any fabs out there for prototyping like seeeed??

  60. SaakNeMah says:

    Currently I’m building a CNC machine, so hopefully I can mill my own PCB’s soon.
    With Eagle there are just a few steps to take from design to G-Code to finished result.
    I already have designs in my head and on paper for:
    – A DMX controlled RGB LED spot
    – DDS generator using a chip from AD
    – Stepper drivers using the DRV8811 from TI
    – More cool stuff…

    So winning a Eagle license would be nice!
    — A 1st year EE student —

  61. Noel says:

    I want one! An eagle license would definitely allow me to create bigger boards. Kudos to Cadsoft and Dangerous prototypes

  62. kmel says:

    Like to transfer my audio processing circuit from starter kit and extensions to one board.
    With the PIC32MX360F512L a half Eurocard-sized PCB has not enough space.

  63. JBeale says:

    4 or even 6 layers sounds great, but be aware a single batch of 4-layer boards could set you back more than the retail price of a basic layout package…. also, don’t forget KiCad works pretty well, its all open, and no PCB size or commercial use restrictions at all!

  64. Luc Comtois says:

    With this licence it would permit me to build a new NAV board for my ARDrone to altimeter and GPS and transform it into a autonomous drone.

  65. Luca says:

    Me please!

  66. BOUHANICHE Eric says:

    Let’s try ! :)

    An HUD speed display for cars, based on an OLED screen and a photographic lens. Everything controlled by an MCU taking the speed information on the vehicle CAN bus and/or the wheels speed sensor.

    The concept it to send the image to the infinity so as to see the speed information floating on the road. This is possible using windscreen reflection.


  67. Raivis R. says:

    OSHW is commercial or non-commercial? Anyways, getting one would be nice

  68. Adrian Sarli says:

    I’m designing a 6502 computer, possibly software-compatible with the Apple II (haven’t quite decided yet). The computer will have a composite video out generated by a PIC, and a modern keyboard input. I might put an SD card slot that will mimic the floppy or tape inputs. The circuit board will be bigger than the freeware edition can accomodate, so the hobbyist edition will be really helpful.

  69. Michael says:

    I want to make a remotly controlable and monitorable 5 outlets electric socket, and I was looking for a tool to design it.

  70. Brendan Powers says:

    I’m working on a wireless IPv6 sensor node design. It has a built in HTTP server and REST API that lets app written in Python, javascript, etc… communicate with physical devices. You just plug one of the devices into your computer via USB, and all the other nodes get IP addresses. I’m working on a 2 layer design now, I’m worried about it’s performance. A 4 layer design would let me properly route the high frequency traces.

  71. Dimo Keni says:

    A full license, for those of us who don’t build credit card size boards. Anyway having one would be awsome.

  72. werejag says:

    a do it yourself sega naomi i/o board. becuase the official ones are 150-250 dollars a piece

  73. Jiri Dobry says:

    Making some open SW or HW is funny. And sometimes crazy, with self delegated troll in discussion. But usually it’s better than only physical toy. It allow make a dreams. What can be better? Just therefore.

  74. Istvan Urban says:

    I’m really interested in learning Eagle Cad so I can develop my new ideas more easily.

    • you are insane says:

      There is a free version of Eagle, more then enough to “start learning Eagle CAD”, when you hit limitations of free version, then start thinking about getting licence. Also, as you have not started yet, you might want to consider KiCAD or gEDA as they are unlimited, free and open source

  75. Well, since it’s time to start experimenting with larger FPGAs i will need a tool to design some simple development boards for the BGA packages. I really cannot route packages like these on two layers and i started to wonder if the time has come to switch to some other CAD program.
    The funny thing is i really don’t want to use another program, i even filmed tutorials about how to use Eagle, they are on my site.
    Every good electronic thing lately comes in hard-to-design, hard-to-solder package. On 6 layers i will be restricted only by my imagination since the board space is more than enough.
    It’s no secret anymore, i really want one hobby-license for Eagle :)

    • you are insane says:

      Any url’s to the projects you are working on? Anything you shared already?

      Taking into account the price of manufacturing multilayer boards, maybe you can just go and purchase hobby licence for Eagle, it’s cheaper then a single 4 layer board you will be making with it.

  76. fgoeber says:

    Would be great if i could give one license.

  77. Felix says:

    I’m designing a simple dev-/breakout-board for the TI F28M35 concerto with ethernet and some other hardware (SD-card, etc.) onboard. My current limit to the board-size with the freeware-license makes it a bit difficult placing all components on one pcb.

  78. Joe Ferner says:

    I would love one. I’ve played with 2 layer boards but 4 layers would be much more fun. I have a couple OSHW ideas I’ve been thinking about doing. OS Car WiFi MP3 player, OS Clock Radio (I hate my current alarm clock, why not build one).

  79. Frank says:

    I want to make a 50 ohm impedance trace but it needs to be very wide to do on a 1.6mm thick FR4 PCB that is only 2 layers. If I can do 4 layers, it would be more practical.

  80. StacyD says:

    I am DESIGNING AN OPEN SOURCE VFD TUBE WATCH. The whole thing is designed and works, but I do not have a good enough licence for the 4 Layer PCB it requires to be small and svelte.

    Its a TUBE WATCH!!!!! its is small and sexy unlike previous ones seen.
    – Open Source Hardware
    – Open Source Software and EASY TO PROGRAM Atmel ATMEGA
    – USB Recharging (micro-USB)
    – Li-poly Battery
    – RTC onboard
    – USB reprogrammable
    – Extra I/O broken out so that you can attach any number of sensors or other components!
    – Laser cut acylic casing (and a Binder for nice curves)
    – 3.3V and 5V output power for sensors
    – DID I MENTION THAT IT IS TUBE??????? (has a built in Bias PSU).

  81. It’d be great to expand my eaglefree18f2550 development board ( ) beyond the possibilities of the freeware Eagle version. I’d like to add a SD card socket, a temperature sensor and a RTC chip :).
    Wish me luck!

  82. Mike Mattice says:

    We could really use these to design and build projects for use in our hacker/maker space.

  83. fahmed says:

    I want to integrate a DAC with a zero feedback SET tube I/V to put on my desk at work. The only problem is the high mains voltage for the tubes and the sensitivity to noise in the DAC. I’d need EAGLE to do some layout ninja-ry to make this all fit in a small enclosure without A) creating a shock/fire hazard and B) creating a device larger than the computer it will inevitably be hooked up to.

  84. EquinoXe says:

    I’d like to own a hobby-license for Eagle, because I learned CAD on eagle, but because the freeware versions restrict me in size and layering I couldn’t use it any more for the more complex designs (fpga, multi layered HF designs etc..).
    I’d love to go back to Eagle.

  85. Mashiara says:

    And I just bought the hobby license about two months ago or so when I a project I was thinking about (someone planted the idea to my head in Summer ASM2011 and I couldn’t get rid of it before actually doing the design) needed 4 layers to route all the signals (×4-RBG-LED-Board–I2C-).

    Should I win I will donate the license to the youngest member of our hackerspace (, I think he’s 12 years old and doesn’t really have disposable income (but already knows a lot of stuff and very keen on learning more).

  86. mark says:

    Would dearly love to get a hobbyist license as this would enable me to do more than a two layer board so I could continue my open source Software Defined Radio (SDR) project, I have built a version with the free two layer version I barely got it to route at two layers and non-optimal layout due to the two layer limitation is limiting the performance of the radio. With four / six layers I believe I could gnerate a superior SDR system that would greatly benefit the open source, ham radio and RF hobbyist communities. Pretty please.

  87. Brett says:

    I have a microcontroller design that is in Eagle, that complies with the free version size restrictions at almost 100mm x 80mm. It is an open design that uses 0604 and smaller SMT components. One of the projects I would like to get involved in is about teaching robotics and programming skills to students, and this board would be a great core for the kit. I want to expand the size of this board and convert it to use PTH components instead, so that during the classes there could be also a building and soldering portion -resulting in students leaving the classes with their own hand-made device that they can continue to use however they would want. This wouldn’t come to reality without a version of Eagle that doesn’t have the smaller board size restrictions.

  88. Jon says:

    I am working on an open hardware frequency modulated continuous wave radar project, and I’m looking into different planar antennas. I would like to experiment with using stripline fed patch antennas for an antenna array, and that requires four layers.

    The ability to use multiple schematic pages would also be useful for organizing the schematic for the radar, which is getting a cluttered on one page…

  89. SOI Sentinel says:

    I have a pair of projects I’m working on. These are driven by my belief that the sensors we currently have are still too expensive for the common hobbyist.

    One is a phase measurement laser rangefinder, based off an LED design in my TI optoelectronics book. The original unit used an IR LED, an APD, and several frequency references to create a large and complex optical rangefinder with a range of 40 feet. I hope to use a VECSEL and a PIN photodiode and modern signal techniques to build something a lot more friendly.

    The second project is a downsizing of the RF front end from the MIT Radar course. With the cost of components for that being $250-$300 of the final cost, a component version on a CPW board may be able to drop the cost by a factor of 10, depending on parts. It should also shrink the size significantly, but it’ll be too large for Eagle Free or Light. I’m still in component selection for this. I’d also like to develop a few other variations, such as a 5.6GHz band variant, but first things first.

    • Jon says:


      I’m working on the RF front end for a FMCW radar similar to to the MIT radar course for the 3.3GHz to 3.5GHz band (ham radio).

      I’ve got nearly everything crammed onto one eagle free board with some room to spare. (except a separate preamplifier/filter board for the rx antenna), and probably separate boards for the antennas.

      Here is some unsolicited advice about component selection:

      Mini-circuits has relatively cheap surface mount components (mixers, power splitters, gain blocks) along with their rather expensive connectorized blocks. For months I’d been dismissing minicircuits as being too expensive, then I gave them another look after I saw the MIT radar course.

      Richardson ( also is a nice place for rf/microwave components, and some of their stuff is available in small quantities.

      Allied Electronics has a pretty good selection of Crystek VCOs, a few of which are on clearance sales right now. I have tested eagle footprints for them (and some gain blocks, and minicircuits smd components) if you are interested.

      • SOI Sentinel says:


        Thanks for the advice. I’ve known about minicircuits SMT stuff for years, but I’m comparing parts as I go along. The MIT radar is dirt simple as things go, and perfect for looking at cost reductions. I’d need a PLL and a FPGA-DSP-DAC set to do any major pulse shaping experiments, but that’s for round 2. I’ll look at Crystek and Richardson also. Right now I’m simply looking at cost compared to power, matching, and other requirements, I haven’t even started thinking beyond block diagram for board layouts. I know I don’t have access to higher end analysis equipment, so this is one big experiment for me.

  90. eric says:

    I could use this to start design of a new midi controller.

  91. Phil says:

    I would use Eagle to write some ULP that would get every new DP posting and extract the number of comments written for it. Eagle could then create a new pcb design which, as “art on copper”, shows the comment peaks and the giveaways associated with these peaks. Ideally, a via would be placed at the most-recent peak as to alert the user where to comment to earn “free stuff”. However, the high lead times from seeed/itead would make this a rather useless (and wasteful) way to inform me of a pending giveaway.

    That aside, I am developing a mic preamp and am running out of space on my half euro card.

  92. George Graves says:

    I’m in! I think of making some inserts for my car’s tail lights, but would need a larger board area!

  93. JT says:

    I’ve got a few projects rattling around the head. I’m slowly working on a tablet computer based on the Cortex M3. While thats on the burner I’m also wanting to learn FPGA’s for another project.

    Now I’m working on a 8 bit computer and when I’m done I’d like to have a nice professional board rather than a rats nest

  94. Bob Alexander says:

    I want to make a clock with a display whose size exceeds the limits of Eagle’s freeware. So I’d really love to have the hobbyist version.

  95. Philip says:

    Six additional layers!!! wooooooooooow – This would give me the ability to separate digital and analog planes while also being able to add shields and guards to my analog and high speed routes!

    On my applications [2 layers] the only thing i could do to prevent switching noise from the digital side from corrupting the input data is to separate into 2 side by side planes with an inductor [ferrite] in the middle this gives restrictions on the placements and well sometimes a lot of jumpers. But with 4 additional layers setting a isolating ground plane plus shielding would really step up my signal integrity! Im into data acquisition systems lately – im rigging the bus pirate with a 18bit DeltaSigma converter – this would really help :)

  96. Here’s a project for you:

    The Boston University Rocket Team designs and manufactures experimental hybrid HTPB/N2O rocket motors for research. As it stands, all the PCBs that go into the data acquisition system fit within the free area spec. Our next big goal, however, is to fly one of our research motors. The footprint demands of fitting our flight electronics into an airframe are much different from the current static test design. The schematics and systems are largely the same, but our PCBs will need to be much more integrated (larger single-board area) and much longer than the maximum free dimension of Eagle. As a student, my personal cash flow is very limited, and as a group, the majority of our operating budget goes to fuel (N2O goes for $5/lb, and we burn at a mass flow rate of .5lb/sec, HTPB goes for $100/gallon with curative, which we go through every 15s). Burning money at $10/second means we don’t have much money on the side for things like software (all of the mechanical CAD uses AutoDesk Inventor, free and unlimited for students).

    If it helps my case, we’re making a BIG push for open source hardware. All of our current PCB designs are up at with mechanical designs coming at soon. Documentation is currently lacking, after I have some time hopefully this holiday week to put together all the BOMs and design manuals I plan on making more noise about it to hopefully attract some more outside research-oriented attention.

    In all, an Eagle hobby license would be HUGE for enabling our next steps.

  97. Carl says:

    I am currently playing with an idea, want to use the LPC1102 from NXP (minature, chip scale package), and would like some of the features of a step up on PCB. Looking at kicad also, but this would fit the hobbiest version of Eagle very well.

    The other idea I am playing with is a STM32F4 Cortex-M4 board w/FPGA (xilinx spartan-6). I would like to try my hand at these in BGA, and current tools are limiting how and what I do.

    So that’s what I would do if I got a license!

  98. Najmul says:

    I need one of these….

  99. Bill says:

    i’ll take a crack at this, beats using the different size tape, stencils and photoresist copper clad.

  100. Drone says:

    ‘Leave a comment on this post with an idea that would benefit from the extended features of a hobbyist license, and one of the licenses could be yours on Thursday.”

    My idea is that any project would benefit from the Hobbyist license in that the insane board and layer restrictions are removed. To be honest, I hate Eagle. If I win the license I promise I will bury it to save another person from falling victim to Cadsoft.

  101. Balu68 says:

    I do a lot of small projects and use Eagle for the purpose. Making bigger designs, going over the known limits of the free version, is a dream up to now. Purchasing a license is not an option, thinking of the cash account…
    With the Hobbyist license, I would finally be able to combine a couple of ideas and make the “big” MSP430 board with all the modules (sensors, SD card and actutaor interface) on one piece of PCB, getting rid of all the interconnect issues.
    Other projects (FPGA based) are in the queue.

    Keeping fingers crossed, wishing also well for all the other applicants! Just a couple of us will get a license, so congs ahead to the winners!


  102. Kenneth Finnegan says:

    Id love it for some of the nixie and numitron clocks I’m working on to be able to make one long PCB to mount the tubes on.

  103. voidptr says:

    please please pretty please !
    i’m a poor hobbyist, can i have one :o)

  104. arhi says:

    I do not want one, just really have to comment on 111 ppl that didn’t get the point….

    THERE ARE THREE LICENCES that DP can give away, not 500 licences. The idea is for you to write why you are the one that should get the licence and not the 300 other ppl that applied. Why do DP should decide you are the best candidate…

    How do you think writing “I want one” will differentiate you from anyone else, or even better, why would DP give you a licence? Because “you want it”, really?! I want a million dollars, you wanna give me? Why do you care what I will do with it?

    First try to answer few questions, to yourself
    1. Do you currently use Eagle and have problem with limitation it has?
    2. Do you have a project that you share, that open source community will benefit from that can’t fit within free Eagle limits so you need a licence to continue that project (what is the project about, how far have you gone with it, what you already published, link?)
    3. What will you give back (to DP, to open source community..) if DP gives you this licence?

    Then write here why you think you are the best candidate for the few hundred dollar worth gift. Just wanting one is …. I see also few of you wrote “I need one” ?! really, if you don’t get a gift from DP you will die?

    Also all you that “will start learning Eagle” – you can learn eagle with free version just as well, limits of the free version are more then enough for 90% of hobbyists work.

    I could not believe my eyes how seriously insolent most of ppl writing here are :(

    • Trev says:

      I too was wondering how so many could miss the point?

      Especially given:

      Leave a comment on this post with an idea that would benefit from the extended features of a hobbyist license, and one of the licenses could be yours on Thursday.

  105. I would create a MSP430 version of the Rainbowduino.

    • arhi says:

      And how come free Eagle can’t help you with this? It can be done on a 100x80mm 2 layer board? Where does the licenced version help you more then free one?

  106. megabug says:

    This would be great… 80×100 is often limiting me because of home made single layer you need a little more space between parts… For bigger projects it is a must have. But yet too expensive for me.

  107. flubberlab says:

    I’m not sure I deserve this gift any more than someone else..but my most recent project will need to move from protoboard to a real PCB soon, and I could use the larger board size capability of the Eagle Hobbyist version. Since I will most likely make the board myself, I will still only need two layers, but who knows for future projects.

    The project is an electronic tensioner for a tennis racket stringer. A tennis acquaintance has been string my rackets for free with his manual (hand crank) machine. My immediate and obvious compulsion was to promise him an electronic tensioner retrofit for his machine.

    I will be gifting–not selling–this to him–and my projects are non-commercial in general–so my use of Eagle Hobbyist will be compliant to its terms.

    The project, unpublished so far, is a closed-loop tension controller implemented with an AVR ATmega644 microcontroller. String tension is measured by a strain gage–load cell from bathroom scale–conditioned by the very cool TI PGA309. The stringer hand crank will be turned by a motor, which is driven by the uC via a National LMD 18201, or similar, H-bridge.

    The major efforts for the project are software and the mechanics.

    If I “win” the Hobbyist version, I would certainly post the schematics, source code, and pictures of the mechanicals–just hacking the hardware from hand-driven to motor-driven crank.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  108. Jesper Krog Poulsen says:

    I am in the process of developing a new controller for my Reprap Mendel. It is an ARM-based controller with a touchscreen for checking temperature curves and moving the x/y/z axis. I have an ARM-board with display, but I need to either make my own with the Reprap electronics, like stepper drivers etc. on, or I need to make a PCB with the Reprap electronics on and a socket for plugging in the module taht I already have.

    It’s all going to be open sourced, of course.

  109. Dom H says:

    I’m in the process of designing a sensor platform for a model rocket, unfortunately it’s proving a bit of a pain on 2 layers, a full hobbyist license would make life SO much easier! I must be one of the few people who doesn’t need the space but more the layers!

  110. Juan Machuca says:

    I have been designing with EAGLE more than ten years and all my projects use the non-profit license. It’s quite good if you would like to learn the basic steps in PCB design. For robots, domotic applications,… even funny stuff like PCB visit cards. However, with a hobbyist license can expand your ideas: your PCB increase 100×80 to 100x160mm and you can make all those big ideas will come true. How wonderful is the idea to make your own ANDROID table or LINUX tiny computer for a 3D printer or CNC machine?

  111. charlie says:

    To make your own Led arrays of varoius sizes for Home uses. This way I can go green and not be limited to what’s off the shelf. I do sometimes need large arrays for thermals and light output but am limited in size

  112. Anup says:

    I think the Hobbyist license would defeat my purposes of miniaturization of my designs, but, what the heck! I’ll take one! :)

  113. Kyle says:

    I could use Eagle for hobbyists!

  114. It’s been years, always with Eagle Freemium/Freeware. Still worthwhile, though restrictions. If I’m lucky one, out of three there, then I’ll be the first one to have Eagle licenses in my country (NP).

  115. Nick says:

    I`d like to have one licence.
    My project is smart house.

  116. uglyduck says:

    I try to make an Arduino PLC controller with Digital IO and Analog extensions.

  117. Dmitry says:

    I’m using Eagle Cad for 2 years. I use it for my home projects to make some everyday tasks easier.
    I build own quadcopter system (BLDC controllers and main controller). Alsough I need to make temperature controller with solar panel power for my greenhouse.
    In future I want to build cheap arm system for linux to use in home automation with ethernet.

    I would be very happy with Hobbyist licence. Some projects are unfeasible without it. I’m a student so I don’t have enough money to buy a professional licence.

  118. cipher says:

    I need one

  119. Adam says:

    I’ll give it a try

  120. An OSH radio board would greatly benefit from a 6-layer version of Eagle. The spacing between layers is an important factor in determining trace impedance. With 4 or 6 layers, there are more options for choosing impedance vs trace width, which is important in small, space constrained designs.
    Radio designs rely on controlled impedances for getting high quality, low loss RF signals, and reducing spurious emissions.

  121. Kenneth McCall says:

    Having more room to build stuff out would make life a lot easier, instead of having to make a board that daisy chain. Micro controller projects out the wah-zoo!

  122. FleaBites says:

    Making some Arduino shields. While board size isn’t so much of a limitation having multiple sheets would be a great relief.

  123. Gregory says:

    I plan to make some home automation device connected through a RS485 bus. The first modules will be a touchscreen based device to drive the whole stuff, rolling curtain drivers, light detector and temperature sensor. The touchscreen based device is the one that need more than a free licence of eagle.

    Grégory (from France)

  124. Basile says:

    Since some weeks ago, I tried to recreate the Mutron-Biphase as it was made in the 70’s. I spend almost 6 years with Eagle for almost 30 different projects (OpenS and not-OpenS). I participated in the french translatiion of EAGLE3D with Matthias Weiss.

    Sothis license will blow out all the limits I faced with EAGLE for this project. Maybe after this project, I will attack the Minimoog maybe…

  125. Hessel says:

    Great, I would like use Eagle to design an Arduino shield for the NoDo (see link) I came across yesterday.

  126. Rob AK6L says:

    I’ve had a project in mind for ages – I’d love to build a simple 16-bit stack-based CPU from TTL logic. This is a huge, daunting project to begin with, but having the added features of the Eagle Hobbyist edition would make the schematic capture, board routing, and PCB art part of the project vastly easier.

  127. Bruno Amui says:

    I really want to start a open source project that would design general purpose boards for valve amplifiers. Usually the boards get quite big, and a Hobbyist license would allow me to design them in full size. Also the power supply units for valves usually are quite expensive, which is the main problem with diy valve amplifiers. This open source project would bring the world of hi-fi valve amplifiers to the average diyer.

  128. David Burkhalter says:

    Just what I need to start the RFID lock box project.

  129. marco says:

    The nice things of the hobbyists license is that I finally can finish my home automation system at home instead of at the office of one of my relatives. And when finished make it to the public as open source.

  130. open source sumo robot 500gr

  131. Markus says:

    The hobbyist license would allow me to make my boards bigger. Finally I would get a ‘real’ license instead of fooling around with the free version.

    I have to admit, that the main reason I don’t have one yet is that Cadsoft did insist that I buy the License through a ‘country representative’ with marginal web presence. No online buying was possible for now. I just had a look at the Cadsoft website, maybe the shop would work now for me after the facelift.

  132. Juan says:

    It should be interesting to help int the development of an Open Hardware set of bench instruments for developing countries..

  133. Errol says:

    I would love a licence for Eagle. Then I can edit the files for the open source Hydra, designed by GHI Electronics. The design requires 4 layers, which is beyond the limits of Eagle Lite.

  134. Stseve Brune says:

    The size limitations and limit to one schematic page are a pain in the present freeware license.

  135. Twinpeaks says:

    I would finally make my video converter project that’s already long in my mind. I want to design a video PAL/NTSC to VGA converter using an FPGA, to connect old computers like the C64 a modern screen. Yeah, I know you can buy those, but it’s also for the fun of it.

  136. Hamradio2008 says:

    Yes a home hobiest licens would be good see youtube video…

  137. krux says:

    Our Hackerspace, SYN Shop, would love to get one of these for our members to use on one of the machines at the hackerspace. Having access to the version with the extended features would be a great resource.

  138. Adam says:

    I’d like to be able to do more than 2 layer boards, and having readable XML would be handy for tweaking my designs.

  139. Willemite says:

    I’ve always wanted to get into 4 layer boards!

  140. Brian says:

    oh, what the heck! … I would clearly benefit from owning a CAD program. I’m old-school and still use black tape, an xacto-knife, sticky cutouts, mylar sheets, resist sensitized boards, a darkroom, and ferric chloride.

    So it would be nice to try this new fangled CAD thing, and give those, uh.. what they call it.. GOOBER file, I think? yah, give those GOOBER files to a PCB maker and let them stink up their house instead of me, for once.

  141. ray smith says:

    I would not mind using the free license to work on a solar powered femto cell mesh network board…If I could make one that would climb up telephone poles to perch up top and seek out and link to others like it, that would of course make an awesome open source board…just saying…

  142. Jiri Panacek says:

    I am using Eagle for years at school, at work and also for my personal projects. Sometimes, size matters, so I would be nice to have regular licensed version.
    Wish you luck colleagues :-)

  143. shuckc says:

    I used EAGLE today for the first time and modified one of your boards. It’s quite powerful to have schematic and board edit simultaneously and see the rats rewire themselves.

  144. GZTproject says:

    For me the restriction on size is quite a pain in the ass, so I would benefit quite a lot from it.

  145. Marko B. says:

    I´m using Eagle for my Hobby. As I already sometimes reached the limitation of the free version – I´d be very lucky to win one of those licenses. My last Project was a LED Lightning app with lots of Shift Registers and Mosfets – very full at the end ;) .

  146. Further to my previous comment, I’m currently developing an OSH Tetris Alarm Clock, but the board size limit on the Standard version of Eagle means I’m having trouble fitting everything on, as the display will be alongside the buttons and I’d like everything to be on one board.

  147. Mario R. says:

    I could be fantastic to have the opportunity to overcome the limits of the free license!!

  148. Noel says:

    What I like is the the XML functionality. Just imagine, I can make design changes directly on the XML, or even create scripts that can manipulate designs. I think this XML format would become the defacto standard for electronic designs.

    People can make different tools using this XML data. It is going to be a game changer in the electronics design world.

    So I one one. I hope I win. :D

  149. Markus says:

    I would actually like Eagle to propose and pioneer an open component library format, together with an online component library service. The library manager would be tied into a central component database. If I’m using a component for which the definition is missing it would automatically go out and download it from the central database. If I create a new component I’d have the option to upload and share it. There would need to be some sort of quality feedback from ’causes smoke signal’ to ‘beautiful work of art’.

  150. Joe says:

    When hobby-ing RF circuits, pcbs with more than two layers can really improve performance.

  151. Sudheer says:

    Extended license are useful in projects similar to arduino, where PCB requirement is bigger / requires more layer . with such license one can contribute circuits designs to community, wich helps students / hobbists , as wel as contributer gets to learn more about circuit designing and capabilities of eagle.

    I use Lite version.. there are at a time I am not able to work on certain design due to layer / size restritions.

  152. Javier says:

    I will be very grateful if I could have a full license in order to design some arduino pcbs. Thanks.

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