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Eagle3D 1.1 beta compatibility

Next, I upgraded to the new 1.1 beta version of Eagle3D. The beta version was released on the Eagle3D mailing list.

I deleted my old Eagle3D folder and copied the new version to the same location. If you use a different location, update the Library_Path you specified in povray.ini. Be careful not to include multiple search paths for different versions of Eagle3D, the result will be unpredictable.

The interface of version 1.05 and 1.1 are nearly identical. The new version optionally generates SVG formatted vector graphics.

Eagle3D 1.1 generates a list of components it wasn't able to match to the 3D parts library. This is a helpful new feature that will help diagnose why certain parts don't render correctly.



Functionally, the new version performs similarly to version 1.05. It didn't render any more parts on my test board than the last version. The new version (above, right) excludes the water background, and I don't know how I feel about this yet -- the old background (above, left) was getting tired, but white is a bit jarring.

Verdict

I'm tentatively using the new versions of Eagle and Eagle3D. They've been solid for a few days, and backwards compatibility seems good. The new features in Eagle 5 make it much easier to use and more intuitive for beginners. Both versions of Eagle3D are compatible with Eagle 5, but I highly recommend the new 1.1 beta version. Eagle3D 1.1 is several years newer than its predecessor, has a larger parts library, and generates helpful reports.

Related links

Draw electronics schematics with cadsoft Eagle.
Turn your eagle schematic into a PCB.
Render 3D images of your PCBs using Eagle 3D and POVray.

Eagle 5 and Eagle3D(click thumbnails to view gallery)

Eagle 5 PCB color schemeCadsoft Eagle 5 context menusCadsoft Eagle 5 properties dialogEagle3D 1.05 and 1.10 comparison



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