Hi, I've looked at some pcb design software again recently, including easy-pc and proteus (and tried hard to get the free pcb.sourceforge.net software to work under Linux or Win XP with no success), but nothing seems quick or easy to use. I prefer the path of inputting a schematic and getting it to place components and tracks on the board (with me making optimisations later if I have to) so I'm sure the pcb arrangement is exactly what the circuit shows without errors. It is mainly the schematic entry stage that seems grotesquely inefficient - too slow to keep going into submenus of submenus of components and selecting them (especially if I want to place 3 of the same thing in succession). Plus, if I want to place an LM324 or 74HC4046 and there isn't one in the list it should be quick and easy to define it.
Well, I was using old Redhat 8, so I guess it isn't surprising... I spent a bit of time getting the required versions of the prerequisites in, then got a bunch of error messages (below) which probably will take too much more time to track down.
The problems with Cygwin/XP were a bit more surprising, given that there were instructions that seemed specific and clear, but they seem to be very out of date. There also seemed to be a problem in the build_pcb script setting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH that didn't include cygwin /usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig directory that seems important and some parts of the instructions that were out of date or didn't work for other reasons). I finally got stuck when it said "Cannot find gtk+ >= 2.4.0" when I thought it should find it. There seemed to be a lot of things that could go wrong getting it running under windows XP, so I figured it was probably going keep being a struggle and gave up. A pity there isn't a ready-to-install executable for Windows available with all the hard work done.
The best chance seems to be Linux, and in case the error rings a bell for somebody, here it s where I got up to...