Before we begin, it’s important to know what Copper is, and is not. Copper is an application to visualize, analyze and finalize a PCB layout created with EAGLE or exported from another EDA (Electronic Design Automation) software.
Copper helps you finding problems in your design, it tries to prohibit mistakes by providing a clear interface that let’s you double and triple check your footprints and signals. Copper also allows you to find the right (real) parts for your design and helps finding the best combination of distributors.
Copper itself is not a PCB layout software. You cannot create PCB layouts with Copper! Copper currently also focuses on PCB layout, it does render or display the schematics of your board. Copper comes into place after you have created your design with EAGLE and before you consider ordering parts and PCBs.
The application window is divided into sections that provide you with quick & easy access to everything you’ll need.
The toolbar at the top of the window contains the share button, a status view and buttons to toggle Inspector and Part/Signal browsers.
The central portion of the application window contains the contents of the currently selected viewer/editor. You can switch the editor every time by clicking on one of the icons above it. Some editors/viewer provide more controls at the bottom part of the window to control the viewer, like zoom and toggling features on and off.
Copper currently features these editor/viewers: