I'm working on my Capstone project and a major component of it involves designing a circuit that works with the IOIO-OTG, some motors and a battery. I'm trying to find a free circuit software that will allow me to import component design files from Sparkfun and design working circuits. The idea is to design the circuit fully before building it to ensure we don't fry any expensive equipment.
However, when I started looking for software for my platform (OSX), I was confused as to what I really needed. There are some applications which draw circuits, but don't simulate them. There are others that will take VHDL code and burp out a circuit. Then there's all the "Spice" variants. Finally I tried the Eagle application (which is the file format of the design files from Sparkfun), but found out it isn't actually free and might not do what I need.
Can anyone help me shed some light on what kind of tools I need to develop properly designed circuits using readily available design files?