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Freeware VisualPlace assists in (manual or automated) PCB assembly. Component placement is extracted from files generated from the EDA suite —notably the Gerber files, the centroid file(s) and the bill-of-materials.

Screen-shot of the VisualPlace application The application visualizes the component placement and converts the files (with corrections, where applicable) for further automated processing. Creating placement information (with semi-automatic centre-finding for the centroid markers) is also possible.

Due to a plug-in architecture, VisualPlace works with many EDA suites, and more can be added.

icon librarian KiCad Librarian
Open Source A utility to move & copy footprints or schematic symbols from one library to another, and to optionally adjust the parameters of these footprint/symbols. This program supports the KiCad EDA suite.
icon other products DrillFile: drill file creator for KiCad
Open Source KiCad is an open-source EDA-suite. This "DrillFile" utility creates either one or two drill files in Excellon format, optionally separating plated-through holes from non-plated holes. It comes as both a GUI and a console utility. Documentation and source code are included in the download.
DrillFile interface
DrillFile interface
Nota Bene: The latest version of KiCad allows holes to be marked as "mechanical" and creates a separate "NPTH" drill file for these. Earlier versions of KiCad always stored all holes in a single drill file. The DrillFile utility allows you to select either option, for any version of KiCad.