Software

Gerber Viewers / Converters

  • pdf2gerb - Convert PDF to Gerber and NC Drill formats
    • Part of the geda suite, incredibly useful for checking your gerbers before sending them out!

Atmel AVR

avr-gcc

  • Windows tools that I find useful. I had to hunt for these when I switched back to Windows from OS X.
    • Xming - Free X Windows server for Windows
    • Windows port of gerbv - I didn't realize a Windows version was available until recently. My favorite gerber file viewer, now available for Windows!
    • Notepad++ - Awesome text editor for Windows. Similar to TextWrangler on OSX.
    • Acronis True Image - The best backup tool I have found for the PC (so far). Good but not great IMHO. My main justification for using it is that I got it for a deep discount, around $30.
      • I was spoiled by Time Machine on the Mac and I haven't found anything nearly as good for the PC. What I liked about Time Machine: allows full disk recovery to last restore point, continuous incremental backup, intelligent management of backups to conserve disk space. If anything like this exists for Windows 7, please let me know. — jeff 01/11/2011 01:19