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Sprint-Layout - PCB Design Software V5

    Sprint-Layout - PCB Design Software V5

    Manufacturer: ABACOM

    This product is discontinued.


    Click here to purchase Sprint-Layout 6.0.

    Sprint-Layout - Version 5

    Sprint-Layout lets you design your own PCB's quickly and easily. There are no unnecessary extras or infrequently-used features which often make layout software difficult to use. Sprint-Layout is very easy to learn because of its logical and intuitive structure. Finally, you can concentrate to the essentials: designing and optimizing the layout your PCB.

    Sprint-Layout offers all the functions you need to design your own PCB layouts, with an included extensive library of all common components.

    For manufacturing your PCBs by hand, an excellent printout-procedure is provided, with many options available. If you want to produce professional boards, there are many PCB-manufacturers, who will accept Sprint-Layout files directly.  You can even export your layout in GERBER and EXCELLON formats. Sprint-Layout can also create HPGL drill files for Isolation Milling.

    With the free viewer-software for Sprint-Layout, anyone can view or print your layouts.

    Sprint-Layout is equipped with tools to draw pads, tracks, copper areas, labels and so on. Just select the corresponding mode and place your elements. All parameters like track-width, pad-size, etc. are visible at a glance, and can be edited each time if necessary. The active grid-capture lets you easily place your elements precisely.

    You can edit existing layout-elements very easily. For example, if you adjust the width of a track, you will see the result immediately on your layout. Additional functions like copy, move, rotate, mirror, etc. are obvious and very handy.

    Component Library

    Components which you have drawn once can be added to the Component Library, which already has many commonly used components. You can easily drag & drop the components from the library to your layout. After that you can mirror, rotate or label them as you wish.

    You can add as many components as you want to the library. You can even sort and group the library, so you can create your own project library.

    Free rotating

    You can rotate all components or elements to any angle. This neat feature makes it possible to place  your components in the optimum manner.

    Automatic Ground-Plane

    This function fills unused areas of a layout with copper automatically. This reduces etch-time and can create screens for RF boards.  You can also define thermal-pads on the automatic ground-plane.


    lets you see your board as if it was already manufactured, with drillings, silk screen, etc. This typically helps you to find mistakes like wrongly-mirrored components or text.  You can select which board-side you want to view, and you can display or hide the silk-screen. With the "X-ray" feature you can make the board transparent, to see the other board-side image through the front.


    This function is very helpful to check your layout. You can click on any position of your layout, and Sprint-Layout will find all connected layout-elements, and “light them up”. This makes it very easy to check the signal flow of the layout.

    Connections (Rubberbands)

    With the help of this connection method, you can simplify the routing process. Straight rubberband lines are used to indicate connections that have not yet been routed. This helps you not to foverlook any track connections. The rubberband lines are also helpful for finding a suitable position for components. You may use them to avoid crossing tracks when placing components on the board.

    The Autorouter

    There is simple point-to-point Autorouter integrated in Sprint-Layout. This Autorouter is able to connect two points of your layout. These two points are defined with a connection (rubberband). The Autorouter was not designed to generate whole boards at once. To create a well-designed layout, you needs hands-on choice of where critical components and tracks are placed.  Sprint-Layout’s Autorouter is designed to be easy to use – no need for obscure specifications or options. The Autorouter is as simple to use as the rest of the package.

    Layer administration

    Sprint Layout
    offers a copper- and a silk-screen-layer for both sides of the board. Optionally, you can have 2 inner layers (for multilayer PCB's) and a board outline layer. Each layer can be switched on and off as necessary.

    Several boards

    A Sprint-Layout file can contain several individual boards. So you can save all boards of a project in one file. With a single click you can access any board in your project.

    The Footprint-Wizard

    The Footprint-Wizard helps you to create special footprints for components. You can specify the footprint-type and the parameters and Footprint-Wizard creates your footprint automatically.  Each footprint-type has different parameters. These parameters are displayed and described in a small screen in the Footprint-Wizard.  All changes that you make are displayed in the preview instantly. When you have set all parameters, the Footprint-Wizard creates the footprint and you can place it on your layout.


    The Properties-Panel allows you to edit all important properties of your layout-elements without needing special dialogs. Here you can edit special properties such as positions, etc.  The properties-panel responds to the current selection on your layout. If you select a single pad for example, you can edit its properties directly here.  Similarly, you can edit all other elements like tracks, text labels, etc.

    Design-Rule-Check (DRC)

    Because of inaccuracies and the methods used in PCB production, some tolerances and limitations must be allowed for in order to yield a usable board. These critical values are called "Design Rules". Sprint-Layout is able to check important design rules such as the minimum clearance distance between 2 copper tracks, etc.  After a DRC is finished, all detected problems are listed in clear text and the problem-areas are marked with white hatch-marks. Now you can examine the problems one by one and correct them.

    Scanned copies

    Scanned layouts (e.g. from magazines) may be used as a template for PCB reproduction or for simple modifications. The scanned layout must be a bitmap file. The bitmap is displayed in the background of the editor.


    Various options are available to print your layouts, solder masks, component-mounting-plans, silk-screens or drill maps on paper sheets or transparent film.

    The printout position is adjustable and the tile-option allows you to repeat the printout of small designs in x- and y-direction, to save film and material.  The printout can be scaled.

    All changes you make are displayed in the preview immediately.

    Gerber / Excellon export

    Sprint Layout
    produces GERBER files (RS-274X) that are used to exchange layout data with PCB manufacturers. Gerber files are common to most manufacturers, so you don't need old-fashioned films or paper printouts to produce your boards.  Drilling information can be exported in the common EXCELLON format. With this feature you can drill your board automatically.

    There are many PCB-manufacturers who accept Sprint-Layout files (*.LAY) directly, so you may not need to create Gerber or Excellon files yourself.


    supports also isolation-milling. In this case, the PCB is produced using a CNC-milling machine. Sprint-layout is able to calculate all necessary isolation-channels. The output file is exported in HPGL format. You can use these files to load them into your milling-application to produce the board.   Additional functions like drilling-outputs, mirroring or the option to define texts as single line or outline, give you numerous options. You can also define "reference holes" to  guarantee the same origin if you have several milling-jobs.

    The Sprint-Layout-Viewer

    With this Viewer software allows any user to view and print Sprint-Layout files. The Viewer is included on the Sprint-Layout CD.

    Download “Viewer for Sprint-Layout 5.0”

    Demo Version

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