Help me find a netlist to schematic tool~

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  1. shaohua199

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    Hi,

    I want a tool, import netlist file and generate schematic capture.

    And also it is opensource, caus I want to learn something from the code and do some research.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. retched

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    Google KiCad
     
  3. shaohua199

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    Tools about analog circuit will be better..
     
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    LTSpice is the best for that. Its free, but not open-source.
     
  5. shaohua199

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    Is there no other open-source tools can convert spice netlist to schematic capture?
     
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    Not that I know of.

    have you tried SEARCHING for them?
     
  7. tom66

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    How big is your schematic? It's unlikely it will be a straight convert to a netlist.
     
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    He has a net list. He wants to convert the netlist to a schematic.
     
  9. tom66

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    You can't do that. It's like turning a sausage back into a pig.

    You can redraw it from the netlist, but the netlist is a more compact store of connections, and it requires imagination/creativity to work.
     
  10. t06afre

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    In a netlist you will find no information about placement. So a schematic created this way will be a mess. The process will be very similar to the process going from schematic to PCB. You will have all the correct connections, but the PCB components is just piled up in big pile. A human touch is needed to place the components correctly on the PCB
     
  11. shaohua199

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    So I think there must be some layout algorithm to do this work.
    And I want an open-source one to do research.
     
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    Why dont you write one?
     
  13. shaohua199

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    Actually I try to write one, but the auto-layout is a problem.
    So i want to see what others have done.
     
  14. shaohua199

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    No one else give me help?
     
  15. thatoneguy

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    Take a look at gEDA

    It may not do what you are looking for, exactly, but it is a starting point.

    It is an open source Electronics Design Automation (EDA) suite. If you want to help improve it, go ahead.

    I've done quite a lot of work with linux, and I've found the people wanting free stuff with all the features of a several thousand dollar program never want to help with the project, not even the graphics. :(
     
  16. retched

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    What?

    If it does not exist, how much more can we help?

    We help those who help themselves.

    If you start writing the program, I will gladly help with testing and ideas.
     
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