which is the Best software to draw a circuit ?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Chaabane, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Chaabane

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    Hello,
    I was looking for a software that gives you a professional look circuit. like you find in books.. not a simulator just for drawing. and it should have a motors symbol and electrical component also.
    the price doesn't really matter. coz our university will pay:D
     
  2. R!f@@

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    It really depends on the person, I use Multisim. Eagle, and Orcad, it depends on my mood and how the symbols are in the component data base
    Some use Orcad, others Proteus.

    I think almost everything has all the components if you buy the professional edition.

    It is based on the type you like most and tend to stick with it.

    Let's see what other members suggest.
     
  3. KMoffett

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    I like ExpressPCB's (free) schematic program. Clean drawings, pretty intuitive to use, and easy to make any part that isn't included. http://www.expresspcb.com/http://www.expresspcb.com/
    That said, you should look through the Forums here and find schematics that look like what you have in mind. Then PM (forum Private Mail) the poster and ask what they used.

    Ken
     
  4. hondabones

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    Everyone I know talks about Eagle. I like it. I have also used ExpressPCB, LT Splice, Multisim 10.

    My ratings: (first to last)

    Multisim
    Eagle
    LT Splice
    ExpressPCB
     
  5. Robin Mitchell

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    Yenka, get the home edition, free of charge

    I use Eagle to design schematics and yenka to test them. Yenka IS slow but worth it. It has PICS and PICAXE too!
    Most of the 4000 series and 7400. Infact, over 150 components :)
     
  6. Envergure

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    I use Oregano (free, idk if there's a Windows version but I have Linux)
    It's good for drawing and labeling schematics, but I can't figure out how to use the simulation functions.
     
  7. Chaabane

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    Thanks guys ...but i don't need a simulator or PCB software,i need a software that draw a circuit like in books,not like proteus and eagle
     
  8. t06afre

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    Can you explain, and show an example of what you want to do?
     
  9. hondabones

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    All of these softwares draw really nice schematics. Some of them simulate and/or draw PCB layout. You don't have to use these other features. Maybe we misunderstood your post. Could you please clarify?
     
  10. KMoffett

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    I think the OP is looking for a program that draws the schematic in a certain "graphic style". Perhaps (s)he can scan an example from a book of what they would like to see.

    Ken
     
  11. russpatterson

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    One benefit of using Eagle, besides the free version, is that it outputs Gerber files which can be used by any circuit board fabrication house. So if you ever wanted to produce mass quantities of your design you've already got it in the right format. As opposed to the ExpressPCB route which I believe only outputs formats that ExpressPCB can use to fab boards.
     
  12. t06afre

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    I think the OP want to "pimp" up his/hers schematics. Just remember that as in car styling. The borderline between nice and tacky is often very narrow ;)
     
  13. AlexR

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    For a straight out easy to use functional circuit diagram package take a Tinycad http://tinycad.sourceforge.net/ but if you want something with a bit more of a graphics look about it (at the cost of easy of use) then take a look at Dia http://live.gnome.org/Dia which is a Microsoft Visio look-alike and can be used for drawing circuits, flowcharts, organisational diagrams etc.
     
  14. Chaabane

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    Thanks guys for your help here
    here is what i'm looking for
    http://i44.tinypic.com/2w6ex06.jpg

    i guess i'll stick with Vision and sPlan ,they give better looking so far.
     
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