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flester

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Drawing schematics
« on: January 30, 2021, 09:32:17 AM »
What software do you recommend for drawing schematic,  free or not?

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Re: Drawing schematics
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2021, 02:33:27 AM »
ExpressPCB has software for drawing schematics and it works well.
https://www.expresspcb.com/

Any of the free simulator tools out there work to draw schematics, but they are geared more for simulation than making clean schematics:
https://www.analog.com/en/design-center/design-tools-and-calculators/ltspice-simulator.html#
https://www.ti.com/tool/TINA-TI

Fritzing and DIYLC both have a similar look:
https://bancika.github.io/diy-layout-creator/
https://fritzing.org/download/

Lots of online schematic capture tools as well:
https://www.digikey.com/schemeit/project
https://www.schematics.com/
https://easyeda.com/
https://www.circuitlab.com/

Take your pick!  I've tried them all, and they all work well, but evaluate them against your own preferences as far as functionality, look & feel, features, etc.
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Re: Drawing schematics
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2021, 11:22:47 AM »
Personally I have settled in on KiCad.  Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  Plus you can do PCB design in there, even having a 3d layout view!  And a lot of PCB houses accept KiCad files natively for PCB production.

https://kicad.org/
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Re: Drawing schematics
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2021, 10:18:13 PM »
Personally I have settled in on KiCad.  Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  Plus you can do PCB design in there, even having a 3d layout view!  And a lot of PCB houses accept KiCad files natively for PCB production.

https://kicad.org/

Woops... forgot that one.  As a 20-year Linux user, I should have remembered, but then I also remember all the time I spent trying to get it to work, giving up, and eventually firing up Eagle, LOL.  Now Eagle got sold to the dark side so KiCad is back on the menu.  It's much better now.

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Re: Drawing schematics
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 08:03:07 AM »
Personally I have settled in on KiCad.  Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.  Plus you can do PCB design in there, even having a 3d layout view!  And a lot of PCB houses accept KiCad files natively for PCB production.

https://kicad.org/

Woops... forgot that one.  As a 20-year Linux user, I should have remembered, but then I also remember all the time I spent trying to get it to work, giving up, and eventually firing up Eagle, LOL.  Now Eagle got sold to the dark side so KiCad is back on the menu.  It's much better now.

I've also had problems with KiCad on Linux in the past, but always manage to get it to work eventually.  Currently no problems though, and Mac/Windows versions have always been stable from what I've experienced.
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