I’m currently seeking my masters degree. Part of what I do is testing the design on a PCB. My institute doesn’t have OrCad or Altium Designer licenses, so I opted for the free Altium CircuitMaker. However, one of my colleagues has pointed out that its results can’t be accepted in an official thesis. So I want to make sure, is he right? Should I halt it and start looking for a way to get a fund for one of the commercial programs?
Your colleague is plainly wrong: You put on your thesis the outcome of your work with the tools you have used, regardless of whether they are applications worth thousands of euros or free ones (that are worth thousands of euros anyway).