An update to EasyEDA’s pricing plans
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wuqimei 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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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JonGordon 1 month ago
If you are going to charge for this software, I must have the ability to default to local storage, instead of everything being stored on your servers. (Yes I know you can save locally... I mean you should be able to set it to default to local storage without any files ever being transferred to them.
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medvídek Krupička 1 month ago
I would pay for using a good fully configurable topological autorouter.
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edcasati 1 month ago
a) Add priority access to autorouter with paid membership. It's frustrating to have it time out with busy message. b) Local storage benefit should be paid. c) Stand-alone / offline version? (Tornado killed Internet locally for days)
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modlfo 1 month ago
+ Plus one for local storing when using the desktop app. I would like to always have a local copy of my projects. + Add more privacy options (private parts, footprints etc)
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Marc Labranche 1 month ago
I love easy EDA, a constant concern is how long this will be available for. I'd pay a reasonable subscription fee just to give this thing a better chance of sticking around. Bonus if it also makes for way more convenient local storage and possibly even in a format that is compatible with some other tool that has some longevity to it. that would remove all my concerns with using this tool long term. Also, better revision control would be nice. I'd love to just tag versions as i'm going along and be able to go back and forth, branch versions whatnot.
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marcineasyeda 1 month ago
In my opinion it should be something like **1-2**$ per month .... If you put more than that **people will go to KiCAD or something else.**
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peut 1 month ago
I would happily pay a few dollars a month just to support further development, e.g. an even better auotrouter. Professional services should of course be charged for this could be an opportunity for you to consider. I defintely disagree going the way of Easy-Eda only on JLCPCB only file formats.
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tiger54 4 weeks ago
I begun to use EasyEda some months ago (years?). After I saw how cheap it is to build a PCB. But I am on the free plan, and will stay there, since I just use easyeda for some simple personal projects (maybe 1 project every 2 years). So pay each month if I use Easy Eda only 5-6 days every year would not be an option to me. I know that a plan is always a nice feature for you, since you get the money without ask them always. But maybe you can add some options like "make gerber downloadable" for a single project asking something to enable this feature for a project. So, if I create a project (maybe next year) and want download the gerber, I can pay maybe 1$ and will be able to download it. I like EasyEda because it is simple to use (like Arduino on the microprocessor world). I am sure that JLCPCB and LCSC are getting a lot of requests just thanks to EasyEda. **I will continue to use the free version, until you will offer it. And I will continue to order on JLCPCB and LCSC to support you.**
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egzola 3 weeks ago
$2 per month, but  with a refund if I order some PCBs with you.  Or it gives a discount on PCB order. Both options is ok for me... whatever...
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Andrew Young 3 weeks ago
1. I second **Single Person Private Projects** as suggested by @JFK422 2. As a hobbyist who designs about one PCB a month, I would be happy to pay $1-2 per month for extra features or private projects 3. That said, I second **PCB order discounts** as suggested by @egzola.  For example, a $2 pay tier could include a $2 coupon each month that you could use at JLC or LCSC.  That would encourage users to order through JLC, and to order more often. I'm not sure if this is worthwhile for a business tier, but it makes a lot of sense for a hobbyist. > c) Produce an encrypted Gerber for JLCPCB use only.    If you want unencrypted ones to take elsewhere this is chargeable. Please do not do this.
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dlswenson 6 days ago
Keep it free and people will keep using it and buying PCBs and parts.
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mtiutiu 3 days ago
I also agree with @dlswenson. More than that if EasyEDA will switch to using closed source/proprietary format when exporting schematic/pcb designs or when doing gerber stuff so that I get locked into this system then for sure I will abandon this project in favor of other free tools. Not trying to be harsh or rude here and I do understand that development needs money and time to create great products (like EasyEDA has become so far) but for a simple hobbyist like me..well I like it free and simple. I really like this ecosystem where you can find everything in one place - this is very powerful!. Not to mention that JLCPCB & LCSC combination and prices is just - wow!. This is one of the main reasons also I'm using and staying with your solution. And yes, I am a KiCAD fan also and KiCAD doesn't have this part. So I switched from KiCAD for now only for this powerful ecosystem. Keep up the great work! You rock so far.
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