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Included Libraries - Are they useful to you?

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engineeringNCMXB
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Included Libraries - Are they useful to you?

The libraries included in Eagle / Fusion360 for years have been a significant marketing bullet point - "We include 18 bazillion ready to go components for FREE!". Sometimes it sounds like there is no way you would ever need to make your own parts.

In my experience (about 9 years with Eagle), I have yet to make any use of the included libraries. They are almost never the parts I actually want and in the rare occasion I find one, it has some issue that forces me to go through it with a fine tooth comb and make it conform to the rest of my library. That, of course, consumes the same amount of time as just making it from scratch.

Is anyone making real and practical use of the included libraries? I have just hidden them to reduce clutter and don't even try. Maybe I am missing something.

Anyway.....I still hear the marketing touting the immense number of parts in the library. If they are not the right parts or have some other issue - why bother?

Carlos Acosta
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@engineeringNCMXB wrote:

The libraries included in Eagle / Fusion360 for years have been a significant marketing bullet point - "We include 18 bazillion ready to go components for FREE!". Sometimes it sounds like there is no way you would ever need to make your own parts.

In my experience (about 9 years with Eagle), I have yet to make any use of the included libraries. They are almost never the parts I actually want and in the rare occasion I find one, it has some issue that forces me to go through it with a fine tooth comb and make it conform to the rest of my library. That, of course, consumes the same amount of time as just making it from scratch.

Is anyone making real and practical use of the included libraries? I have just hidden them to reduce clutter and don't even try. Maybe I am missing something.

Anyway.....I still hear the marketing touting the immense number of parts in the library. If they are not the right parts or have some other issue - why bother?


 

I do find the built in libraries useful.  But indeed, the sheer number of included parts is actually a problem, because it makes finding the ones you need excruciatingly difficult.  Being able to select which libraries to search through (by the in-use not in-use mechanism) seems like a great idea, but it assumes you already know what is in a particular library well enough to be able to use or not use it.  It also means that you have to go through the hundreds of available libraries to decide which to use (or not), which is a serious hassle. And ultimately it doesn't even rally matter what library a part comes from, as long as the information is accurate.  If the search method was fast enough, the in-use/not in-use mechanism would be (almost) completely irrelevant.

 

The quality of the libraries also varies tremendously, and there is a lot of duplication.  This is also a real drag.

 

Creating new components every time might be ok if the process wasn't so weird and complicated.  This does seem to be improving though.  I think.  Sort of.  Very slowly.

 

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Yes, they was useful while I was hobbist.
Now, when I'm more in pro field - no.
Why? Most components does not have 3D package(at least they did not have), and most important - I have my WHMS and BOM system(ERPNext v12) with my custom part numbers.

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