# best electronics schematic program for noobe

#### VernonLS

Joined Oct 9, 2019
42
What is the best/easiest to learn/low cost/free electronics cad program for beginners to use. I have been using Visio just because I own it, but it often gets lost simply trying to connect wires and it has no component library. I have tried Eagle, but it is way, way more than I need and the guy who does the tutorial should be shot because he talks so slow that I fall asleep. I have also tried EasyEDA and it has some really nice features, but it can't handle changing the drawing size or printing it larger or smaller mostly because it all about physical components, not electronics. I also tried ProfiCAD, but found it severely limiting. So far the best and easiest to learn one I have found is CircuitLab, but the trial period ends quickly and I just can't justify spending $16 -$30 a month for my hobby. I don't care about PCB layout as I am only building hobby boards, not manufacturing a product. I would like to have a library of common IC parts, relays, common symbols, etc. Simulation is nice, but a must-have.

Easy to learn is high on my list of desires, able to handle complex designs is low. Hope others will share their favorites.

#### dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
9,331
I tried a couple of programs before I settled on Eagle. I don't know why people claim Eagle is difficult to learn. I didn't find that to be the case.

That being said, I don't like the new versions of Eagle that require an account. I use a very old version and don't care for most of the "improvements" they've made. There's one that I'd like (more flexible overbar in annotations), but I can live without the rest.

KiCad shows up often in these "best" queries. I thought about checking it out, but something (I think the download size) discouraged me.

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,421
Maybe not that easy, but anything/program etc that is comprehensive also usually has a learning curve.
I originally used an older OrCad but have since moved over to something newer, namely the Free/open-source KiCad.
It presently has seven professional contributors to it, I recently posted a link to some introductory Utube videos.
Max.

#### MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
19,750
I don't know what is "best" but you can add CircuitMaker 2000 to the list.

#### ebeowulf17

Joined Aug 12, 2014
2,960
I'm a huge fan of DipTrace. I think it's roughly the same capabilities as Eagle, it's free, and it does everything I've ever needed it to. I'm one of the people who thought Eagle was difficult and horribly counter intuitive. Learning DipTrace was really very easy by comparison. Of course, we all have different learning styles and workflow preferences, but that was my experience.