So, in 2009, Farnell (my primary electronic component distributor) bought out Cadsoft, a software design company most widely known for the EAGLE PCB design package. Untill recently, this has had little implication (aside from who I now pay for my updates).

However, the other month, when browsing for some new IC’s on Farnell’s website, I noticed a new link appearing on certain product pages:

 

Now that’s helpful!

Registered users of the Farnell website are now able to download EAGLE library data for a growing number of parts on available from Farnell. Useful! The file linked on the product page contains an EAGLE Script file, which means all you have to do is open the library editor, and run the script in order to have EAGLE generate the necessary symbol, footprint and device data for that part.