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Frequently Asked Questions: Documentation and Help

How can I get a copy of the user's manual?

The user's manual is packaged with the Electric distribution, and it is also available in various forms. Click here for more information.

How can I get a copy of Steven Rubin's textbook on CAD tools?

The book Computer Aids for VLSI Design was originally published by Addison-Wesley in 1987, and it is still available in various forms. Click here for more information.

How can I learn more about the Electric source code?

Java Electric is documented with "Javadoc". You can download the current Javadoc, and you can run the "javadoc" Ant script to generate it yourself. Click here for more information.

What discussion forums exist for Electric?

The most active discussion forum is at Google, called "ElectricVLSI":

There are also two GNU mailing lists devoted to Electric: (subscribe at
and (subscribe at

New releases of Electric are announced on all of these mailing lists.

In addition, you can send mail to:

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Not only are we giving away free software, but we're letting you in on a well-kept health secret: Homeopathy. Read all about it in the book Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy.

How do open-source CAD systems and Homeopathy relate? They don't, but there is a connection here which we leave to you to discover!