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How do I install custom components?

To find where your custom components are stored on your computer click on the Components Menu then select Component Information. This will show you the path that your custom components are stored in. Layout Components (.p extension) go in the PCBComponents_Custom folder. Schematic Components (.s extension) go in the SchComponents_Custom folder. Schematic Symbols (.s extension) go […]

Can I run ExpressPCB on Linux or Mac OS X?

ExpressPCB has been independently tested to run on Wine with Linux and MAC OS X. This has been independently verified. WineHQ ExpressPCB Test Verifications Watch the “ExpressPCB and MAC OS X in less that 5 Minutes” video on our YouTube Channel. This video is provided as a courtesy. ExpressPCB is not affiliated with https://winebottler.kronenberg.org/ and does […]

Can I make custom components?

Yes. All of the component models that we have are included with the ExpressPCB layout and the ExpressSCH schematic programs.  For other parts you can make your own.  Please see the online help within the programs for more information.  From the “Help” menu, select the program’s “User’s Manual”, then look for the topic “Making Custom Components”.

Can I share my custom components with others?

Yes. You can share them on a network or copy to other computers. Network Sharing Place the components on a mapped network drive. Go to View, Option, Misc and browse to the mapped drive on each computer to change where the default location is for Custom Components. Manually Copy  You can just manually share Custom Components by […]

Why can’t I update my pricing file?

The “Update Pricing File” command built into the ExpressPCB program may be prevented from working by some corporate Internet firewalls and other computers running firewall software such as ZoneAlarm.  Virtual Machine software such as Oracle Virtual Box and Microsoft Hyper-V network drivers are known to have compatibility issues with ExpressPCB version 7.3.5 and below. Please […]

Why am I getting an error while placing my order.

The “Order boards via the Internet” command built into the ExpressPCB program may be prevented from working by some corporate Internet firewalls and other computers running firewall software such as ZoneAlarm. Virtual Machine software such as Oracle Virtual Box and Microsoft Hyper-V network drivers are known to have compatibility issues with ExpressPCB version 7.3.5 and […]

Can I make a circular board in ExpressPCB?

To make circular boards, you can select any of our manufacturing options except “MiniBoard”. The online help within the ExpressPCB layout program explains how to define the board’s perimeter. Look for the topic “Changing The Board Perimeter”. The perimeter of the board can only be shaped using straight line segments. To arrange the lines of […]

What is the difference between a Pad and a VIA?

You want to use pads in places where you will be soldering a component lead.  Feel free to connect traces to the pad on either layer.  Vias are used where you just want to pass a signal from one layer to the other.  Vias are not used to solder in components. Physically pads and vias […]

How do I view layers in ExpressPCB?

On a double sided board, the pads of a through-hole component are on both the top and bottom layers.  That way you can connect a trace to a pin when the trace is on either layer.  The view you see is of the top side of the board.  The top layer is shown in red […]