Sent: Monday, August 4, 2014 2:33 AM
Subject: Re: [geda-user] How it may work some day...
Post by Stefan Salewski
Yesterday I wrote some minimal description of the intended behaviour of
my gschem clone, see
In first line this is for myself -- to motivate me to continue the
cleanup process and to ensure that my cleanups will not change the
Recently someone pointed me to one of these commercial Web-based editors
-- this one is from Digikey called SchemeIt, see link at bottom of my
page. I can remember I have tested a similar tool about one year ago for
a few seconds -- looked not really bad. Some people say that this kind
of Web-based tools is the future -- is someone really using it?
And schematics and PCB layout on smartphone and tablets -- I can
remember that some people said that that is the future. I still can not
really imagine how this should work, and I have not seen such Apps yet.
Is someone using it, and is it really the future? Or is someone of you
already working on such an App?
I can't imagine it either.
But keep in mind one important concept, one which most people seem to
have forgotten: We are not all just "passengers" in stuff like this.
are steering where this stuff is going, these use cases and work
methodologies. We don't have to just "follow along" with
else is doing", because what happens if everyone just does that? Nobody
steers, much to the delight of salesmen everywhere.
A very bad side-effect of nobody steering is that SOMEONE will notice
this and start taking advantage of the situation. That's usually
salespeople and suits, and they usually gravitate toward creating vendor
lock-in situations. That's what's going to happen with these silly
"web-based design" tools. Sure, they'll say "Oh, your data
is safe, you
can download it!" ...but nobody actually WILL, and when those companies
close up shop, or someone in China starts selling a board that looks
suspiciously like yours, you're S-O-L.
So, don't worry about what "is the future". Decide what works
using your wisdom and experience, and DO it, and don't let some salesman
tell you otherwise. Smart people will likely independently converge on
related (if not actually similar) solutions, and dumb people,
well...they can pay us for our advice.
many of the web-based services. The odd web service will publish their
any mention of guarantees unless there is a reliable third party involved.
I think you can do ECAD on your phone when your phone has an 800mm screen.
own time and they don't break the code or make it unmaintainable. (Remember
development who drive how things change. If someone gets gEda running on