Looking around the web, it is amazing that with Makers being all the craze, no one else really gave cloud-based electronics design much thought. Collaborative electronics design that's as easy as using Google Docs was a long time coming, but Upverter has filled that void. Much like SchemeIt (from DigiKey), but with much better support, Upverter provides a platform that is easy to use and very powerful, due to user contribution.
Until now, I have spent some time evaluating other free (or semi-free) electronic schematic programs such as KiCAD, Eagle (one of the more popular ones), etc. There were always issues that I ran into. While powerful and entirely free, KiCAD doesn't really provide an intuitive user interface. And like most FOSS (free and open source software) tools, it requires complementary programs (also not that intuitive) if you actually want to do anything with your circuit. And there's a significant learning curve with each one.
Cadsoft's Eagle offers a great set of tools in a unified interface, but it really all boils down to the fact that you are limited to using parts from the libraries you install, and your data is stored in local files. Most professionals recommend creating your own library just so you can be 100% sure the footprints are what you need.
Upverter blows this out of the water. Offering collaborative and highly intuitive tools, they are poised to be as disruptive as any other cloud-based SaaS offerings. The convenience of being able to work on your project wherever you are (including on a tablet) means that you are no longer stuck drawing on the back of that used napkin.
Many features are still under development, such as PCB layout (I can't wait!), and I didn't bring up the issue of circuit simulation (that would be awesome!), but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before this startup takes the engineering world by storm.
If you're into electronics, whether it's a hobby or your profession, you really need to give it a try. It's free for public projects and totally worth it. Early Adopter accounts are only $19/mo, and include the ability to create 5 non-public projects. Quite a steal!
As for tech support, it's simply awesome. Even at 11pm on Friday night.+Zak Homuth
was amazing. Quick issue resolution and awesome customer service. In my experience, this level of support usually costs Big Bucks.
All I can say is that Upverter has so far exceeded my expectations. I'm really looking forward to daily use.