Must be really nice to do 2-layer layouts and put the components (nearly) wherever you want 'em.
It's definitely a different way of thinking when working with two layers. At first I thought it was harder than one layer, but now I think it is so much easier. Now, I hate when somebody asks me to do a 1-layer layout for anything with more than 15-20 parts.
Eagle is a bitch to learn, especially on your own. And it is hard to learn by looking at screen shots. You really need to see it in action to get a good idea. The guy who runs the boutique label smallsound/bigsound was nice enough to make a demo video (at my request) on how to do a schematic/layout in Eagle. It's in two parts:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1__6mtHYH4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T8sLazSRiM
That was the demo that made something "click" in my head about how Eagle works. After that, it was off the races!
And here's the demo that made me understand making a new part in Eagle:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZcgduOr9gk
Knight of Cups wrote:
CJ, do you find the inline chip easier for component layout?
It's funny, because I sort of laid it out like you would a DIP. For a circuit like this, I'm not sure it's really any easier. But I also could, I suppose, try lining up the SIP all the way against one long edge and see what happens. It might yield a smaller layout. I mainly used SIP because I thought it would look cool, and because generally nobody else is doing it.