McCAD PCB-ST Lite is the scholastic edition of the McCAD Pro Series. This FREE download is capable of doing small projects.
It is an integrated PCB layout design environment for the board designer who does layout work and requires the availability of powerful design and edit tools at his fingertips. McCAD PCB-ST Lite is net list driven and supports full forward and backward annotation of all net and component attributes passed to and from our McCAD Schematics Lite (available separately). Cross checking is a snap. PCB-ST contains many intelligent features such as auto via insertion, design rule checking, dynamic place, auto ground plane creation, and auto thermal dispersion.
Additional support tools are available separately from the developer's site which can be added to simplify the design process.
This FREE download version is fully functional for small projects. PCB-ST Lite project limits are controlled by the memory allocations available to the editing buffers. For the PCB-ST Lite series this means up to about 150 pins depending upon the design complexity.
You can move to the PCB-ST SE500 Educational version (available separately) should you decide that you need more capability. In the PCB-ST SE500 you can tackle designs up to the size of the original Apple I Replica computer.