Minimalist schematic package (must be freeware).

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  1. ian field

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    Please can anyone recommend a minimalist schematic package?

    Basically just for posting simple circuits here.

    Thanks.
     
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    I'd consider using LTspice. Not great for drawing but you get a simulation out of it.
     
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  4. ian field

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    I've got LTspice - and you're right; its not great for drawing.
     
  5. wayneh

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    I use Intaglio for drawing. It's quite good but Mac-only I think. It's not dedicated to electronics, so maybe not as slick as something specifically for schematics. Oh, and I see it's not free.
     
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    What the... it seems that it does perform simulations too!... gonna test it and see how far I can get. @Jony130, thanks for the tip!
     
  8. ian field

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    Couldn't be bothered with the register and log in bit.

    Much prefer something on my local HDD to something I don't actually know where it is.

    AFAIK: there's a very small simple one that's also portable, so it can be carried around and run from a flash drive - unfortunately I can't remember what its called.
     
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  11. ian field

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    Well the photographed schematic now opens in Paint!

    Not quite what I had in mind, but those are the breaks.

    Found Expresssch, it requires installing - I'm fairly sure the one I can't remember the name of was portable.

    The one I found seems a bit kludgy, I'll try to get used to it - but I'm probably still looking.
     
  12. spinnaker

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    I like Diptrace. Not exactly "minimalist" but for the number of features it has,really easy to use. ExpressPCB is pretty easy to use too IMHO.
     
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    That is settable, Windows is funny like that. I like the fact you can list commonly used programs on the icon at the bottom of the task bar. Make the set up much more user friendly.
     
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    Hello,

    Sorry spinnaker, I was talking to Ian.
    He talked about a portable application for making drawings.

    Bertus
     
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    Thought you were referring to the similar names. :)
     
  18. djsfantasi

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    ExpressSCH - the schematic component of the free ExpressPCB software.
     
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    This is also what I use, pretty easy to learn and making new components is fairly easy.
     
  20. ian field

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    ExpressPCB is on the same web page as ExpressSCH.

    The installed ExpressSCH seems to not respond to mouse clicks quite a lot of the time!
     
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