An update to EasyEDA’s pricing plans
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wuqimei 3 weeks ago
We are writing to let you know about an update that we are going to start EasyEDA‘s pricing plans. The free plan will be retained to use as normal. We’re making the changes because over the last 10 years, as a nonprofit tool, we’ve insisted to build EasyEDA to a powerful PCB design tool and continuously improved the user experience. And we want to do something more. To make our users having a high speed and very smoothly experience with EasyEDA. We need a more powerful team so more excellent engineers is joining in us. But only with your help, we can make this come true earlier. We are looking for suggestions on pricing. Which features you consider it should be added to the pay plan? Or which features need an improvement so it can be considered as fee-based? We’d love to have your expected pricing plan for our reference.
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andyfierman 3 weeks ago
To start the discussion, here are some ideas for things that could be charged for without impacting on the existing free services and features that EasyEDA already offers: 1. Schematic Design Reviews (formal design review of a customer's EasyEDA Schematic design to a customer's Design Requirements Specification); 2. Schematic Design Services (circuit design, schematic, BoM creation and Circuit Description to a customer's Design Requirements Specification); 3. PCB Design Reviews (formal design review of a customer's EasyEDA PCB layout to a customer's Design Requirements Specification); 4. PCB Design Services (PCB design and layout to a customer's Design Requirements Specification from an existing EasyEDA Schematic supplied by the customer or EasyEDA Schematic Design Services); 5. Custom simulation model building services (where models for devices or functional blocks are not available);  6. Access to advanced simulation models (for example, linearised models for switch mode supply design); 7. Design Simulation Services (simulating a design leading to the creation of a Schematic or from an existing EasyEDA Schematic supplied by the customer or EasyEDA Schematic Design Services; 8. Custom Schematic Symbol creation; 9. Custom PCB Footprint creation.
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MikeDB 3 weeks ago
I think some ways to charge which aren't service based like Andy's suggestions and also seem fair to me are : a)  Generation of all the data (Export Pick & Place, etc) for getting PCBs loaded as this is a new feature to EasyEDA and the few people who've done it so far can count as beta testing. b) Leave the existing auto-router as is - it's rubbish anyway - and charge for developing a new one that actually works. c) Produce an encrypted Gerber for JLCPCB use only.    If you want unencrypted ones to take elsewhere this is chargeable. d) Automatic updating of net names when I change a component identifier.  This isn't an issue for hobbyists but I can't give designs to my customers with a U1, U2, U4 & U5 but with U3 missing.  Currently renumbering the ICs and nets takes a huge amount of manual effort I'd happily pay for being done automatically. e) Create a way of placing modules on a design that actually works - both on schematic and PCB.  But if paying for this, JLCPCB must not add their random $8 surcharge. f) And finally a possibly controversial one - charge for the software to produce 4 layers or more.  I don't think many hobbyists produce 4 layer or more boards, though maybe I'm wrong.
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MikeDB 3 weeks ago
I think the other thing to consider is that EasyEDA is currently placed as an easier entry point than the more advanced KiCad.  If you start both charging and adding features you'll become as complex as KiCad and everybody may as well then switch to KiCad which is better proven and debugged.   Might it be better to just stay as you are and just fix the bugs ?  There must be several years worth outstanding already which need fixing long before considering adding new features.
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MiniMax 3 weeks ago
Please do not cripple existing features on the free version. Even I agree with Mike that most hobbyists would not produce 4 layers or more boards, this limitation would surely make me think of moving to KiCad or others. Also limitations of area or max number of pads are terrible for me. I like the idea that the free version is tighter bundled to JLCPCB and a payed version can produce gerber files for other manufacturers.
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JFK422 2 weeks ago
Some of my ideas include: ### Advanced BOM-Tool Advancing the BOM-Tool. Its already vaguely connected with LCSC but needs to become way more solid. Would bring a lot more customes in if you could just create a solid BOM with LCSC and in the end make a "one click order" where you can order you PCB's together with the components. Paid version could include making and or exporting BOM's for other sellers too. ### Single Person Private Projects Its something similar to what github was doing until a while ago. Only one person can work on a non public project. It encourages more open source work and those who will likely pay for collaboration on private projects will mostly be the ones who plan on selling the PCB's of their project anyway. ### Better Component Naming Essentially what @MikeDB said under point d.
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cjohnson 2 weeks ago
**Schematic Customer Logo:** Paid customers can set a company logo, so that when new schematics are created the logo is automatically used instead of the EasyEDA logo **Automatic Page Numbering:** When creating schematics that are in the high page count, the page numbers should be automatically incremented, this should be in all versions **In-House Part Number:** Paid customers can set a field that is automatically included in the BOM that includes their in-house part numbers. Right now we have to manually enter it in each new part, check the "include in BOM." This part number will also show up in the pick and place files (VERY important). Right now we have to cross reference all parts in our pick and place file to shorten the amount of time it takes to setup our machines. **Private Parts:** Parts created with paid user accounts as "private" do not show up in the user-contributed part search.
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cjohnson 2 weeks ago
@MikeDB one issue with limiting the download of Gerbers, is it goes against a statement on the FAQ of the pricing plans page. Not sure if they are comfortable going against that or not. [https://easyeda.com/page/pricing](https://easyeda.com/page/pricing)
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