Our software fits right between idea and final design. We built Patchr so that anyone with an idea can simply log in to our website, design their PCB how they envisioned it in their head and within a couple days receive a finished PCB at their door. We are really trying to bring PCB design and manufacturing software into the consumers need for on-demand software, manufacturing and shipping. The goal is to give users everything they need to build exactly what they’ve imagined, putting as much power, automation and resources in front of the user and give them the best possible user experience, all from the web or their mobile device.
As for websites or forums, Hackaday is a great blog option, Hackster.io is a great place to share projects and learn how to build projects and both Adafruit and Sparkfun have phenomenal education resources to help you learn more and more about building electronic hardware.