If you are interested in electronics and prototyping, you might have heard of Fritzing. Fritzing is a free and open-source software that allows you to create circuit diagrams, design PCB layouts, and generate code for microcontrollers. Fritzing is designed to be easy to use and accessible to everyone, from beginners to experts. You can use Fritzing to document your projects, share them with others, or teach electronics in a fun and interactive way.
In this article, we will introduce you to Fritzing 0.9.3b, the latest stable release of Fritzing as of June 2016. We will also show you how to download and install Fritzing 0.9.3b on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. By following our guide, you will be able to enjoy the features and benefits of Fritzing 0.9.3b for your electronics projects.
What are the Features and Benefits of Fritzing 0.9.3b?
Fritzing 0.9.3b is the result of years of development and improvement by the Fritzing team and the community. It offers many features and benefits that make it a great tool for electronics enthusiasts and professionals alike. Some of the features and benefits of Fritzing 0.9.3b are:
Continuously updated parts library: The Fritzing parts library is now stored online at GitHub and is automatically checked for updates. This means you will get new parts or fixes in the moment when they are created. No need to wait for the next Fritzing release anymore! The parts library includes hundreds of components from various manufacturers and categories, such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, SparkFun, Adafruit, sensors, LEDs, switches, motors, etc.
Critical bug fix for messed up PCB traces: Fritzing 0.9.3b fixes an annoying bug that occasionally caused PCB traces to get loose and flip around. This bug could ruin your PCB design and waste your time and money. The fix will also recover any files that have been mangled by this bug.
High-DPI display support: Fritzing 0.9.3b now looks properly on High-DPI (aka Retina) displays on all platforms. It's not really high-res but scaling well according to the higher screen resolution.
Easier handling of self-created parts: Custom or 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.
File icons: fzz, fzb, fzp, etc. now also have shiny file icons on Mac (thanks to scribblemaniac) and Ubuntu Linux (thanks to el-j - for the latter you have to run the install-fritzing.sh script).
New Parts: Fritzing 0.9.3b adds and/or revises many new parts from various sources, such as Molex Picoblade and Hirose DF13 header series, SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board, Stepoko, Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V and 5V, Arduino Mega Pro 3.3V, Badger RedStick and Array, Myoware Cable Shield, Power Shield, and Proto Shield,