- Smart: Fab now automatically renders high-res previews of your Fritzing files, so it’s much easier to check for mistakes. Plus it acts as a repository for your projects, enabling you to revise and share.
- Affordable: The prices per cm2 are radically lowered, the checking fee is gone, shipping is free from 30€ – and you will get 3 copies per default. (Example: 1 Arduino Shield with the old Fab used to cost 42€ when ordering from Germany, now it’s 31€ and you’ll get 3!)
- Manufacturing: The PCB is of even higher quality (three times as precise and with gold contacts) and still proudly made in Germany. Very soon you’ll be able to order parts alongside the PCB, and more services are on the roadmap.
Continuously updated parts libraryThe fritzing parts library is now stored online at github and is automatically checked for updates on every launch. This means you will now get new parts (or fixes) in the moment when they are created. No need to wait for the next Fritzing release to get new parts anymore! And we are actually using git itself inside of fritzing to do these updates, so this opens up many other use cases in the future, like for example direct user contributions.
Critical bug fix for messed up PCB tracesMany of you have been plagued by an annoying bug that occasionally caused PCB traces to get loose and flip around. It proved to be really tricky to track down but it's finally fixed, sigh.. Plus, the fix will recover any files that have been mangled by this bug. :)
High-DPI display supportFritzing now looks properly on High-DPI (aka Retina) displays on all platforms. It's not really high-res but scaling nicely according to the higher screen resolution. No more eye squinting with your fancy 4K screen!
Easier handling of self-created partsCustom / self-made parts and bins used to be stored in a hidden location on your hard drive, which made it really annoying to edit them with an external tool such as Illustrator or a text editor. They are now conveniently located in your ~/Documents/Fritzing folder for easy access!
Load/Save uncompressed fritzing files (.fz)You can now alternatively save your fritzing sketches as an uncompressed set of files (.fz plus additional custom parts etc). This allows for proper versioning with systems like git or svn. For regular use, we still recommend using the standard .fzz format, which by the way is just a zip bundle of these files. Thanks to Sergio Oller (zeehio) for this contribution!
File type associations & iconsfzz, fzb, fzp, etc. now also have shiny file icons on Mac OS X (thanks to scribblemaniac) and Ubuntu Linux (thanks to el-j). To get them to actually show up, you will need to wait a little on Mac for them to override the cache, and on Linux you have to run the install-fritzing.sh script.
New PartsLoads of new parts, many of them contributed, and all revised by Fabian Althaus (el-j): Lots of new SparkFun parts, thanks to support from SparkFun:
- ESP8266 Thing Dev Board
- Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V and 5V
- Arduino Mega Pro 3.3V
- Badger RedStick and Array
- Myoware Cable Shield, Power Shield, and Proto Shield
- Ludus Protoshield and Protoshield Wireless
- CAN-Bus Shield
- MIDI Shield
- FemtoBuck LED Driver
- Load Sensor Combinator
- Soil Moisture Sensor
- BME280 Breakout
- LSM303C 6-DOF-IMU Breakout
- SHT1x Humidity/Temperature Breakout
- 16 Output I/O Expander Breakout - SX1509
- Full set of Molex Picoblade and Hirose DF13 header series, thanks to steelgoose
- Particle Photon
- Raspberry Pi 3 and Zero, thanks to Nagaranudit
- DQuid IO GPRS, thanks to DQuid team
- nRF24L01 2.4GHz RF, thanks to Doume
- nRF24L01+ 2.4GHz RF, thanks to Richard Bruneau
- RFduino BLE SMT, thanks to Arnaud Boudou, Felix Kosmalla
- Micro Python pyboard, thanks to Mike Causer
- Pololu A4988 stepper motor driver, thanks to Matteo Perini
- WeMos D1 Mini, thanks to Mike Causer
- Adafruit HUZZAH ESP8266 Breakout, thanks to pkurtans
- Adafruit push-power button
- Adafruit Powerboost 500C, thanks to Dean Cording
- Bluetooth HC-05 module, thanks to Computação na Escola
- HC-SR04 distance sensor, thanks to Ricky Ng-Adam
- SIM800L GPRS breakout, thanks to AlbMA
- Monacor LTR 110 line transformer
- MBR745 Schottky diode, thanks to S. van Doorn
- 10A rectifier diode, thanks to tomaskovacik
- OMRON G5LE and NVF4-2 relays, thanks to tomaskovacik
- MPX2010 pressure sensor, thanks to Knutse
- MPX4250AP pressure sensor, thanks to Old Grey
- 174917 DENSO ECU-socket, thanks to Old Grey
- Rotary Switch 12 position 1 pole, thanks to Old Grey
- 4060 counter/divider, thanks to neutmute
- LM124-324 Quad Opamp, thanks to Knutse
- Hi-Link HLK-PM01 power module, thanks to inahas
- LTC3105 step-up DC/DC converter
- Refined ruler design, thanks to duff2013
- Czech, thanks to Vasekdvor
- German, thanks to Atalanttore and aknoerig
- Italian, thanks to Gianpaolo Macario
- Polish, thanks to jacekjaros
- Portuguese, thanks to Bruno Ramalhete
- Spanish, thanks to bazza
- Turkish, thanks to Kaan Özdinçer
- Vietnamese, thanks to Duyệt Đinh Xuân
- Ch 1. Introduction to Fritzing
- Ch 2. Quickstart
- Ch 3. Electronic Invention
- Ch 4. Breadboarding
- Ch 5. Schematic Desgin
- Ch 6. PCB Layout
- Ch 7. Fabrication
- Ch 8. Fritzing Arduino (and Other Boards)
- Ch 9. Custom Parts
- Ch 10. Example Projects
- Ch 11. Testing
- Ch 12. Funding and Distributing
- Appendix: Resources
New PartsThis one brings you a bunch of the latest new popular parts, several of them created in collaboration with their (hardware) makers:
- RaspberryPi 2, the new version of the Model B
- WeIO, the web of things platform (thanks to WeIO)
- RaspIO Duino microcontroller (thanks to RaspIO)
- DQuid IO microcontroller (thanks to DQuid)
- STM32 Nucleo microcontroller (thanks to Colin Grant)
- SODAQ Mbili microcontroller (thanks to SODAQ)
- Netduino Plus2 microcontroller (thanks to Colin Grant)
- SIM928A GSM module (thanks to Pierrot)
- Large 8x8 LED matrix (the one used in the Fritzing Creator Kits)
- WS2812, the popular RGB SMD LED
- Plus various part bug fixes to pin headers, FET, Arduino FIO & Yun
- Romanian, thanks to titus08
Dear Friends of Fritzing!It's the time of the year again and we are happy to announce a new release featuring a brand new "Code View" that allows you to program and upload to your microcontroller straight from Fritzing. To celebrate this, we give you a nice discount on the perfect christmas gift, the Fritzing Creator Kit. Use the discount code FRITZMAS14 to get the kit for 89€ (instead of 95€) and make someone (or yourself) really happy this year. :) Read more on the release below. This is the new "Code View"! It lets you write your code directly inside Fritzing, and even upload it from there to your microcontroller. It even has a serial monitor. :) We love this, because it makes it even easier for beginners to get started with interactive electronics. And for more advanced people it's great because you can now keep your code together with the matching circuit--no more confusion! You can also link to files somewhere else on your hard drive, for example in your local Arduino folder. When the link gets broken, or you just send someone your Fritzing file, don't worry, because there's always a backup stored in the Fritzing fzz file. Right now the upload functionality supports Arduino and PICAXE, but more can be added as long as the platform's IDE has a command line upload option. The new release also brings with it many new parts, many kindly sponsored by their respective makers. Now you can easily document your circuits and fabricate shields/caps/hats etc. for:
- Seeeduino, Grove, and more, thanks to SeeedStudio
- Intel Galileo Gen 2, Edison, and more, supported by Intel Software
- Raspberry Pi B+ and RPi Hat template
- Pinocc.io Scout, Backpack supported by Pinocc.io
- LightBlue Bean, supported by Punchthrough
- UDOO Duo/Quad, supported by Udoo
- Touch Board, supported by Bare Conductive
- blueIOT, thanks to Guido Burger
- More SparkFun parts, thanks to SparkFun
Liebe MINT-Lehrer und -Lehrerinnen,mit dem Fritzing Creator Kit auf Basis von Arduino haben wir ein Lernpaket entwickelt, das Schülern auf projektorientierte, unterhaltsame und motivierende Weise das Programmieren näher bringt. Fritzing ist eine Open Source-Initiative, die interaktive Elektronik als kreatives Material für jedermann nutzbar macht. Mit über 200.000 Nutzern hat sich die freie Fritzing-Software als Standard-Werkzeug im Kontext von Arduino und Raspberry Pit etabliert. Mit diesem Rundschreiben möchten wir die Vorzüge der Fritzing-Umgebung im Schulunterricht kurz für Sie zusammenfassen.
5 Gründe für das Creator Kit
1. Der spannendste Weg, Programmieren zu lernenEine simple Programmiersprache, aber mit großem Effekt: Mit dem Creator Kit lassen sich LEDs zum Leuchten bringen, Motoren steuern und die Umwelt wahrnehmen. So werden if/then & co. begreifbar gemacht.
2. Entwickelt zusammen mit Lehrern und SchülernDas beiliegende 144-seitige Buch führt die Schüler durch aufeinander aufbauende Beispielprojekte, die durch kleine Aufgaben und Theorie-Einschübe ergänzt werden. Die Verpackung ist robust und taugt für den Schulalltag.
3. Eine populäre, offene PlattformMit Arduino setzt das Kit auf eine weit verbreitete Plattform, zu der man online wie auch in der Bibliothek viel weiterführende Unterstützung findet. Die Fritzing-Software bietet mit ihren anschaulichen Darstellungen zu Code und Schaltplan eine integrierte Lehr- & Lernumgebung.
4. Umfangreiche ergänzende LehrmaterialienNeben dem Buch und den unterhaltsamen Bastelfiguren gibt es zu dem Kit eine 22-teilige Videoserie, die durch alle Inhalte führt. Darüber hinaus erhalten Lehrer eine Bildschirm-Präsentation, die sie im Unterricht für die Lehre verwenden können.
5. Ansprechende GestaltungDas Erscheinungsbild trägt sehr dazu bei, dass das Kit bei den Schülern akzeptiert wird. Die freundliche Ansprache und liebevolle Gestaltung von Dino, Roboter und Wahrsager hilft auch technisch weniger interessierten über die Hemmschwelle hinweg.
Spezielles Angebot für SchulenSpeziell für Schulen haben wir die Fritzing Teaching Bundles zusammengestellt. Sie enthalten neben einem Satz Kits inklusive Arduinos das umfangreiche Arduino-Kompendium von Erik Bartmann, sowie die Unterrichtspräsentation. Wir empfehlen das Kit für den Unterricht ab der 9. Klasse. Die Teaching Bundles erhalten Sie zum reduzierten Preis nur für Schulen und Universitäten bei uns im Shop: https://shop.fritzing.org/arduino-schule Bei weiteren Fragen nehmen Sie gerne mit uns Kontakt auf. Vielen Dank für Ihr Interesse! Herzliche Grüße, Ihr Fritzing-Team --- Fritzing Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40 10999 Berlin +49 (0)30-69519400 https://fritzing.org https://shop.fritzing.org Fritzing ist eine Initiative, die die Demokratisierung des Technikwissens vorantreibt. Die freie Fritzing-Software ist ein populäres Werkzeug für Erstellung und Teilen von elektronischen Schaltplänen. Das Fritzing Creator Kit ist das ideale Arduino-Einsteigerpaket mit vielen Projekten zum Selberbasteln auf Basis der Fritzing-Philosophie. Für fortgeschrittene Bastler bietet Fritzing Fab eine günstige und einfache Möglichkeit, eigene Platinen fertigen zu lassen. Fritzing ist 2007 an der FH Potsdam im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts entstanden, und wird heute vom Friends-of-Fritzing e.V. und dem Designstudio IXDS weiterentwickelt.
It took us a while, but we have finally decided to move all Fritzing code to the amazing github. Find it now at:
When we started hacking on Fritzing back in 2007, Google Code was all the hype, and SVN had just replaced CVS as a versioning system. All this has changed for good, and today git (and github) have become the reference for collaborative, open-source development.
We were hesitant until now mostly because of our issue tracker: The one at Google Code has served us wonderfully, and the one at github lacks many of the features that we have come to love (like file attachments and powerful tagging/prioritizing). Also, with the move, original issue reporters will not be notified of changes. Ouch. Luckily, all issues have a backlink to their original Google Code issue, so at least the full history is preserved.
We have also taken the opportunity to move our developer docs over to the github wiki. This way it’s all in one place and you can directly edit it if you have enhancements.
So, we welcome all developers to take a look, watch us, star us, fork us, and most importantly, send us pull requests!
We just noticed that the Linux release did not contain the latest patches, most notably it is missing the Linino boards, an issue with number boxes in languages using comma as decimal separator, and a schematic issue.
The downloads have now been refreshed, so we recommend all Linux users who have already downloaded 0.9 to update. Sorry for this extra step!
In August, the first Maker Camp Berlin is opening its -container- doors. The busy team around Stefania Druga of hackidemia has prepared a wonderful setup, in which 15 makers will get together for a month in a temporary makerspace.
Sign up for the opening party on August 8th, and also don’t hesitate to visit during the process.
We’ve also been told they still have a coordinator position to fill. If you consider yourself a “Master Builder & Designer”, check it out!
Upgrade to Qt5
Fritzing is written on top the Qt cross-platform application framework. We have upgraded to their latest version Qt5, which brings stability and speed improvements (especially for Mac OS X users). This also enables us to port fritzing to Android, iOS, etc. – that is, in theory. We still need to give that a try. Thanks to Jonathan and contributor Rohan Lloyd!
Major part family additions
This release brings a number of new parts, especially a number of popular microcontrollers, as the result of several collaboration efforts:
- ADI analog parts, which make use of split schematics and SPICE output, a new feature sponsored by Analog Devices we will write more about soon
- Intel Galileo, sponsored by Intel Education
- Arduino Yún, supported by Arduino
- Linino One, sponsored by doghunter.org
- ChipKIT WF32, MX4 and shields, thanks to Digilent (more to come)
- Spark Core, thanks to spark community member technobly
- Atlas Scientific sensors, thanks to Atlas Scientific
- more Raspberry Pi versions (A, B, B rev2)
- Teensy 3.0/3.1, because we love it
- several contributed parts, thanks to FrodeLillerud and others
In addition, there are several new PCB shapes for Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo, SparkCore that will make your boards look cooler. Here’s a snapshot of the Intel Galileo shield in action for the Data Monster: Finally, the usual set of bugfixes, and nicely updated translations: French (thanks to Arnold Dumas!), German (thanks to atalanttore!), Ukrainian (thanks to netavek!).
Download Fritzing 0.9.0b here. And while you’re at it, kindly consider donating. Thanks!
We have just released a fancy new online shop at shop.fritzing.org. This finally gives the Fritzing Creator Kit, the awesome beginner pack for everyone getting started with Arduino and Fritzing, an adequate stage.
The Creator Kit contents and variants are well explained, and we now offer free shipping for Germany and reduced international rates. Also check out the special deals for schools and universities.
Besides our own shop, you can also purchase the kit through our fine resellers.
As usual, the profit goes towards the continued development of the Fritzing ecosystem.
You might have noticed the little Google Ad placed in the right column of fritzing.org, and we hope you don’t mind! We have started experimenting with embedding ads into our websites and you will likely see more of this over the coming weeks. Fritzing is in need of additional revenue streams to continue to serve you with the coolest electronics tool and keep it free-as-in-freedom.
In March we started to combine downloads with donations, a model pioneered by our friends at processing.org. More than 200 fine people have donated since then, thank you so much! It has shown us again that you are out there and continue to support us.
This is about 0.1% of the people who are downloading Fritzing, and we understand that not everyone can spare the money or sees a monetary value in using it. That’s where the ads come in. Turn off your ad blocker and remember that clicking ads effectively means supporting the website that displays it. (Disclaimer: Of course only do so if you are actually interested in the advertised product.)
And as always, let us know what you think. :)
At Fritzing, we are looking for a committed, reliable person to take over the day-to-day management of our online kit shop and production services.
We are selling the Fritzing Creator Kit: the kit helps anyone to learn to work creatively with electronics. You will be responsible for production of these kits (together with our wonderful team of packers), and fulfilling sales orders through our different sales channels.
We are also offering a simple, high-quality PCB manufacturing service together with our fabrication partners (Fritzing Fab). You will be responsible for the handling and shipping to our customers.
As we intend to extend these offerings and make Fritzing an even better service for the community, you can also play an instrumental role in crafting the strategy and implementing it.
We are looking for someone who speaks German and English and who has work experience in offline/online retail, small scale production or warehouse management. This is a full time position, though we can talk about other models.
Send your application to [email protected] and join our exciting team in a great location in Berlin-Kreuzberg!
We got many great submissions for our goodie contest through the projects gallery and via mail, and it is now time to announce the finalists. The overarching theme this time was definitely “sound”, which makes a lot of sense when you want to build something entertaining that has to fit into a small space.
Thanks to all participants, and special applause to finalists Zack Freedman, toylab, and Michael Franz for sharing their creations!
We will now produce these three gizmos with the current round of Fritzing Fab, and next week we will announce the winner!
Touch my piano by Zack Freedman, based on Jay Silver’s famous Drawdio, is, well, a cute little piano that generates sound with a 555 timer to a buzzer simply by touching the metal plates or attaching other things to it.
Fritzing Amplifier by Michael Johannes Franz is a convenient little audio amplifier for playing your generated sounds into a proper speaker, instead of being stuck with those piezo buzzers.
We just got a note from Mark Lukas about the release of their book Prototyping Interfaces that teaches and showcases how to build interactive things with vvvv and Arduino. They used lots of Fritzing sketches to illustrate their examples. A really nice idea is that they turned the book cover into a capacitive sensor. It’s all in German, but I assume an English version will follow soon.
Find out more at https://prototypinginterfaces.com
Thanks to the team of authors: Jan Barth, Roman Stefan Grasy, Jochen Leinberger, Mark Lukas, Markus Lorenz Schilling
Our friends from FabLab Torino have created a wonderful tutorial (thanks to Federico Vanzati) on how you can prepare a Fritzing circuit for production with a CNC milling machine. It’s a relatively straightforward process using a vector software like Inkscape to convert the Fritzing DIY format to the “negative” format that the milling machine requires. The picture above shows the result. What’s nice is that they now also sourced the adequate DIY CNC machine. The Roland iModela is now available in the Arduino Store.
And then there’s still Fritzing Fab. :)
Thanks to everyone for sending in your inspiring/cute/impressive projects via mail, Twitter, and our project gallery! It was tough for us to make a decision, let alone come up with a good set of criteria. …ta-dahhhh, and the winners are:
- The Super Upgrade Kit goes to hdf_mjf_de for his simple, yet fun and beautifully and completely documented Beep Game! Of course the built-in Fritzing hommage had us biased.
- The free Fab production goes to J_Hodgie for his impressive Mega Motor Shield, because of its mega-ness and for squeezing the latest bleeding edge features out of Fritzing.
- The Edgy Motor Breakout goes to RainerWierland for his Tilduino, a handy, compact Arduino clone he built for his son, again thoroughly documented.
We also can’t resist to give a special price to another delightful project, for the simplest project with the greatest impression: Mario Böhmer’s Show Love in a Heartbeat receives a free Fritzing Fab production to turn his project into a real product.
Congratulationsto everyone, and we hope we picked the right present for you all!
This post concludes the year for us and we hope you all had a wonderful one. It certainly has been an exciting time for Fritzing, with big new features, supportive partnerships, fantastic workshops, and most of all a rewarding community. Thank you all!
just in time for the season we deliver a new release to play with over the holidays. Even though it’s a minor release it comes with a lot of nifty new features:
- The new parts bin navigation lets you easily browse through your part bins and has dedicated bins for some popular manufacturers.
- Fritzing got much faster - especially on the Mac! We owe this speed improvement to the wonderful folks at Qt, who released the new version 4.8.
- Parts can now be rotated freely in breadboard and pcb view. Just hover a selected part over a corner, then drag around.
- Our generic ICs now provide a dedicated pin label editor to make it easier to create custom ICs. You can find it in the inspector window.
- On your PCB, you now can decide if you like to have a ground fill (empty spaces are filled with copper connected to the GND) or just a copper fill (not connected).
- In preparation for the new Super Upgrade Kit you can find new example circuits for 7 segment displays, shift registers, rotary encoders and much more.
- Lots of new parts from parkFun (thanks Lionel, Nathan, Ryan, Robert), Snootlab (thanks Lionel and Lionel), from the Fritzing team (shrouded pin headers, ECB transistors, 3mm LEDs, Superflux LEDs, 5 band resistors, the Atmega 2560, SSOP 28 footprint, rotary encoder). We also finally managed to include some of the wonderful community contributed parts (fuse, low dropout voltage regulator, Atmega644, HCF 4067, RTC breakout, HEF 4094, RGB 3W Star, DB-25 connector). Thanks to Johan, Macgyveremir, Forvellos, Mike, SorkiG, Niclas, Kungfumachinist.
- An updated Portugues translation -thanks Nuno!
Give it a spin!
Your little Fritzing elves
It’s that time of the year again, and we would like to take the opportunity to re-cap what the last year has brought. So here’s the Fritzmas challenge 2011: You show us what you did, and we give you what we did.
How you can win
Take a look at what you’ve built with Fritzing this year, and snap a couple of photos/screenshots. If you think it’s an interesting concept, a technical masterpiece, or just fun, we want to see it all. Then either upload it to our projects gallery or mail them to info (ät) fritzing.org. (Also, you must agree that we may publish what you send us (if you prefer, anonymized).
Deadline is Sunday, December 18th.
From all submissions, we will pick three winners. These will be awarded with the latest Fritzing developments:
The 1st prize is one of the all-new Fritzing Super-Upgrade Kits, to be launched later this year.
The 2nd prize is a free Fritzing Fab PCB production for your project (one copy of your board), through our Fritzing Fab service that we launched in July.
The 3rd prize is the all-new Fritzing Edgy Motor, the first in a series of Fritzing breakout boards with a new, breadboard-friendly approach.
We’re very much looking forward to your submissions!
Your Fritzing team
The Fritzing Starter Kit has been our first attempt in late 2009 to try to generate funding for Fritzing by ourselves. We weren’t sure at all whether it would work out – luckily it turned out to be a big motivation for us and to continue along this way. The kit is very popular and has just crossed 1500 sales!
It’s great to see that our customers are coming from all over the world, from individuals, companies, universities, and secondary schools. Sometimes we get mails from our customers telling us how they are using the kits for classes, which is a great way for us to learn how to improve the kit as well as the Fritzing software.
To commemorate this nice event, Stefan Hermann has built us a little sales clock that alerts everyone in the IXDS office about a new sale with a nice ka-chinggg (we’ll upload this project soon). Stefan has also been working on a kit update so that it now contains a piezo speaker, a temperature sensor, big resistors and a zener diode for a lot of new project ideas. The next thing will be an “extension kit”, stay tuned!
Even though it didn’t take us as long as DNF, we are aware that we were a bit optimistic with our previous announcements. But now it’s finally here: Fritzing Fab is open for business!
You can now go to fab.fritzing.org and order a PCB directly from your Fritzing sketch. (Just use your Fritzing.org account to log in.)
We hope that you are pleased with how easy the process is. No long lists of parameters – no worries. The prices are very low, too, and the more you order the cheaper it gets.
This new video should also give you a taste how quickly you can turn your breadboard sketch into a sweet custom PCB:
With the opening of Fab we have now come full circle. When you look closely at the photo above, you can see that it is the realization of the original vision sketch that you can still find on our front page. :)
Why did it take us so long? Besides some technical issues, this is a bit of a risky undertaking for an open-source project like us. Because PCB production is only efficient when producing large quantities, this will only work when enough people are ordering. As with the starter kits, all profit goes back into the further development of Fritzing.
So let’s keep the fingers crossed and give Fab a try.
Comments from the old blog:
- isnoop #2. Aug. 2011, 19:26This is excellent! I can't wait to use it in the coming months.
- Jürgen B #7. Aug. 2011, 20:03Hi, sorry, have i understand it right? An PCB with 100 x 160 mm will cost about 80,- Euro? I can not believe :-( I think, it will be much to expensive :-( Bey Juergen :-( https://www.loetseite.de
- André Knörig #9. Aug. 2011, 15:37Hi Jürgen, remember that this is the price for a single, individual PCB. And even though we are really small, this is actually still cheaper than the best known pooling PCB service in Europe -- and the profit goes back into Fritzing. We'd be happy to learn how to offer an even less expensive service, while still delivering the same quality.
- darius #7. Okt. 2011, 13:14I read in the FAQ, that you might accept Gerber or eagle files at some point if enough interest raises. Is there a specific place where I can cast my vote for this?
- André Knörig #23. Okt. 2011, 09:54Hi Darius, You just did. :)
Introducing the new Fritzing version 0.6 (actually 0.6.2 by the time of writing). With thanks to all the people who purchased Fritzing Starter Kits, plus our donors, and SparkFun, we added several major new features:
- Support for SMD parts - You can now use those really tiny "Surface Mount" parts to make your PCB designs much smaller. In the parts inspector, you can simply change the 'package' of almost any part to 'SMD'.
- SparkFun parts library - With SparkFun's generous assistance, we were able to bring a new bin of 74 SparkFun products to Fritzing! You can find them by clicking the little folder icon under the parts bin, and then Open > SparkFun.
- Support for Stripboards - Not everyone works with breadboards, so by popular demand we added stripboards and perfboards. You can even cut and uncut strips! You can find the new boards right next to the breadboard, in our newly cleaned-up core parts bin.
We will discuss these features individually in future blog posts, but if they aren’t enough to whet your appetite, then have a look at our long list of new features, including a cleaned-up parts inspector, a document frame for schematics, text and graphics on copper, etc.
Plus we fixed a ton of bugs.
Download it here. Hope you like it!
– the Fritzing team
Comments from the old Blog
And received a box full of lovely electronic goodies instead?
One of our customers sent us this great photo of his Fritzing Starter Kit unboxing experience – we can only imagine his surprised face. :D
Seems like Deutsche Post got something mixed up here. If we had only put a Lilypad into the kit, the little girl who is now the proud owner of a Fritzing Kit would not be quite as sad…
Comments from the old Blog:
aotto2011 # 6. Juni 2011, 11:22
Thanks for the awsome and easy solution to this strange problem.
Four new books are making intensive use of circuit layouts created with Fritzing:
“Arduino: Praxiseinstieg”, by Thomas Brühlmann (mltp, German)
“Beginning Arduino”, by Michael McRoberts (Apress)
“Building Wireless Sensor Networks”, by Rob Faludi (O’Reilly)
“Praxisbuch Arduino”, by Ulli Sommer (Franzis, German)
They are using breadboard diagrams, schematics, and part graphics to illustrate examples and guide the learner throughout the book. Some even offer the related Fritzing .fz files for download from their website.
We’re very proud to see Fritzing becoming a de-facto standard for documentation and teaching!
P.S.: Unfortunately, not all of them are making fair use–one forgot to reference Fritzing. This is required by our CreativeCommons license, and we think that’s the least a publisher can do when building on our work!
Comments from the old Blog:
- Thomas O'Brien # 30. Jan. 2011, 17:15 I have the "Wireless Sensor Networks" book, and have started reading it. I like the writing and explanatory style. It seems that just about everything is there to help me get going with a wireless network application. Now if Fritzing Fab would just get started...
- BobAnderson # 3. Feb. 2011, 05:25 I am sorry that some publishers have not referenced Fritzing --- most unfair, if not illegal. On the other hand, I found out about Fritzing from a reference (a live link actually) in the arduino.cc site. My plan is to use Fritzing for a while and if I find it as useful as I expect I will, I shall express my appreciation with a financial donation.
Fritzing has always been at home in many worlds. It’s a tool that is equally used by designers and artists who are looking for a simple way to bring their concepts to life, as well as by DIYers and makers of all kinds who love to play with electronics.
Two recent publications exemplify this diversity: The exclusive British design-trends magazine “Viewpoint” (issue 27) writes about Fritzing as an example of the implications that DIY has for business, and the French hobbyist magazine “Eletronique Pratique” (issue 356) has an 8-page feature introducing Fritzing in-depth.
Thanks to Kai Wiechmann for photographing us for Viewpoint and thanks to Yves Mergy for the French tutorial.
Yeah, we know we’re a little bit behind on this.. Better late than never, you can now follow us on Twitter and become our friend on Facebook!
We figured there are so many small things happening around Fritzing that never make it into the blog. That’s what the twitter feed will be for. The Facebook group will be used for more general announcements – and to get to know you!
Fritzing is not tied to the use of an Arduino, in fact you don’t need to use a microcontroller at all. We are very aware that many communities exist around a wealth of other nice microcontroller boards, and we would like to support them as well!
So with some support from the producers of the board themselves, we are introducing further microcontroller alternatives into the Fritzing ecosystem. In the new release, due tomorrow, you will already get this sweet array of choices:
Besides the Arduino and its variants Mega and Nano, you can now use:
- Modified's pico, an Arduino-compatible micro-scale board (thanks to Brian Evans)
- mbed, a new ARM-based microcontroller on steroids (thanks to Simon Ford)
- Wiring and Wiring Mini, Arduino's sister project (thanks to Hernando Barragán)
- Basic Stamp, the classic from Parallax in all its colorful variations (thanks to Ken Gracey)
- Propeller, the new multicore processor from Parallax (also thanks to Ken)
Plus, in the community contributed section you can find: the Mignon Game Kit (thanks to Olaf Val), theBare-Bones Board (thanks to Janis), the Pks-01 (thanks to Michael Franz), and the Ardweeny (thanks to Cameron Behar).
And more are coming up!
What does it mean to you? Well, besides being able to document and share your projects with everyone, this allows you to easily create pcbs for them, either as shields or with a plug for your favorite microcontroller.
Let us know which microcontroller you are still missing, in the comments!
Comments from the old Blog:
- Nathan Andrew Fain #16. April 2010, 02:59fritzing updates, ymmy! teensy and teensy++ would be great: https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/index.html
- André Knörig #16. April 2010, 11:10Yeah, they are nice and not so difficult to make. We'll try to include them soon!
- joshuajnoble #17. April 2010, 16:45Nice work! I definitely think teensy would be nice too.
- dmaugis #27. Mai 2010, 23:50I try to do a part for BV511, an ARM LPC2132 board by ByVac. https://www.byvac.co.uk/mi_bv511.php
- whitedragon #13. Juli 2010, 11:12Nice work just wondering when the ardunio pro mini will be ready
It was so obvious that we were surprised ourselves: not only can you transfer your physical breadboard sketch easily into Fritzing, you can also do it the other way around.
Just load a Fritzing sketch and print it on a sheet of paper, and you have a nanometer-perfect paper template which you just have to fill in with the real parts. Good thing that Dirk was so strict about matching the scale to reality.
Here’s how it goes:
Open any sketch
Click File > Print (be sure to turn off automatic printer scaling) and get your parts ready
- Cut off a corner of the page so it’s easier to align the printed breadboard with the physical one.
- Stick the parts and wires through the holes. You might want to use a needle to prepare the holes.
- Connect the Arduino and load the associated code - done!
Now if that’s not a great learning tool..
Small caveat: Depending of your brand of breadboard, its power/ground lines might not line up perfectly. So double-check before trying to punch your parts into the plastic. ;)
That’s right - we’re finally coming full circle with the Fritzing project and are soon launching the much-wanted fabrication service that turns your Fritzing sketches into professional printed circuit boards!
So in order to kick it off, we thought why not celebrate this as a fritzmas present to the community. We will produce 24 of your Arduino Shields (or other) designs you made with Fritzing. You will receive two copies for free, including free shipping.
Deadline for receiving your design is December 9th. Head over to the Fritzing fab page to find out how to participate.
A few weeks ago we had the great honor and pleasure to travel far North to the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden. We were invited by Camille Moussette to participate in their second Interaction Design Summit, as speakers as well as to give a two-day Fritzing workshop. It was an amazing experience and luckily the guys were keen on documenting everything that was happening.
On the first day, we had a series of inspiring talks from renowned pracititioners in the field of interaction design. Besides Reto Wettach and me, there were talks form German Leon (Vodafone), David Rose (Ambient Devices/Vitality), Jan-Christoph Zoels (Experientia), Karsten Schmidt (toxi/postspectacular) and Clive van Heerden (Philips Design). You can watch all the talks on Vimeo.
After that we held a two day long Fritzing workshop with more than thirty students from all over Sweden (and Canada, apparently..). On the first day, we gave an introduction to Arduino and Fritzing, and students gathered in groups to come up with some simple projects. On the second day, we taught them how to translate their circuits into PCB designs. Finally, we got our hands dirty and everyone etched, drilled, and soldered their own Arduino Shield, complete with fancy graphics.
Thanks to Camille Moussette, Matt Cottam, and all the students and participants for this great experience!
We have been very grateful to be able to develop Fritzing as a publicly funded project for the last two and a half years. We were able prove that it is a much-needed tool, and could turn it into something people are actually using in their projects or for teaching.
But the sweet times are coming to an end, and we don’t want to let you down! In order to continue development, we must now try to earn money with Fritzing. Don’t worry, the software will stay free and open-source. Instead, we are introducing complimentary services.
The first one is our own version of an Arduino kit. Dubbed the Fritzing Starter Kit, it contains everything you need to get started with interactive electronics, and a bit more. Check it out at https://fritzing.org/shop/starter-kit. Get one for your project, a set for your classroom, or one for your curious kid. A kit is 55,-€ plus taxes.
With every kit you purchase you are supporting one hour of Fritzing Development!
Stay tuned for more Fritzing services.
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YES! Finally we can all share our projects!
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Workshop on the future of Fritzing and Physical Computing
BU Weimar supports Fritzing with a research assistant position
Fritzing has received new funding and we are looking for collaborators
A handy toolkit for making your own parts for use with Fritzing
Simon Wimmer’s mouse Lamp with a Fritzing PCB
Release 0005 with some fixes for use with Eagle footprints
Work with us on Fritzing
And it seems to be a healthy little baby!