Looking for s/w that can draw this..

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by circuitwazzup, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. circuitwazzup

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    Nov 8, 2009
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    Okay,

    I have a bunch of connectors (phoenix) that connect to an instrument. I basically have around 300 connections and I'm looking for an easy way to document this. Perhaps just a text document with pinout specified? Or, maybe software?

    I'd like to be able to construct something like htis http://www.researchsupporttechnologies.com/keturi_data/electronic circuit all.gif


    Only FREE s/w is of interest ;) I have Visio professional but it seems to be completely useless and more restrictive than anything else. Orcad and simulation/layout s/w also seems to be more trouble than it's worth. I'm currently using MS Paint. Almost perfect but maybe I'd like something slightly more sophisticated ;)
     
  2. SgtWookie

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    Gee, free and perfect? Good luck with that. ;)

    Cadsoft Eagle has a freeware version available of their commercial software.

    If you are actually going to make something commercially with it, you need to register it.

    It's a bit quirky to learn, but very powerful once you get the hang of it.

    If you're just using MS Paint or a text document, you have no error checking capabilities. Cadsoft Eagle won't allow duplicate reference designators; and if you use the Erc feature, it will tell you if you have problems with connections.
     
  3. hgmjr

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    I think the freeware version is limited to one page of schematic and a PCB the size of a postage card. It may be a crowded schematic with all of the graphics that are involved.

    The unleashed version is $50 USD.

    hgmjr
     
  4. thatoneguy

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    There are a few Open Source and shareware CAD programs for electronics.

    Off the top of my head are KiCad and Eagle (a commercial product with a shareware version)
     
  5. circuitwazzup

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  6. circuitwazzup

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    Well the freeware version seems to work. I'll try it out thanks guys!
     
  7. circuitwazzup

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    In Eagle CAD, If I place a part from the library.. say a phoenix connector.. then left click and select the move icon.. it ONLY moves the specific pins on the connector.. never the entire connector as a whole.

    How do I select the connector or a group of objects and move them? Like in MS paint.. there's a feature that looks like a dotted box.. you can enclose whatever you want and just MOVE IT.

    BLAH.. this is annoying
     
  8. hgmjr

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    Before you give up on the software entirely, I would recommend you go to the tutorial section at www.sparkfun.com.

    hgmjr
     
  9. BMorse

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    I would definitely give Eagle Lite a try.... it should be just what you need to re-draw that circuit.... plus it is only $50.00 for the full version...... you can spend a lot more on cad software that wont do half the stuff eagle can do with just the ULP's....

    :)

    My .02
     
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