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PostPosted: 10 Jun 2008, 23:49 
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I get asked this question a lot ... What software are you using to draw the schematics on the website?

I don't use any schematic drawing software. Instead, I use Microsoft Paint, but any drawing program will work, such as Gimp or Paint.NET.

For the various electronic symbols (tubes, resistors, capacitors, semiconductors ...) I use this handy icon pack: http://geek.scorpiorising.ca/files/Circuit_Symbols.zip

Just copy and paste the icon symbols into an image file. You can then select the electronic symbols and rotate them as required and connect them to one another with a thin solid line. Save the schematic as a .png (or a .gif) and you have a nice clean simple drawing. For the text I use a Courier font. Don't save the schematic as a .jpg as that tends to make the drawing fuzzy.

Another simple alternative is this online drawing program Klunky. Here is the Klunky Guide.

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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2008, 14:04 
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Another cheapo option is the ExpressPCB software. They have ExpressSCH free and it has most devices already in it.

http://www.expresspcb.com/ExpressPCBHtm ... ftware.htm


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PostPosted: 29 Aug 2008, 18:25 
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I second the expressPCB. Its EZ

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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2008, 17:00 
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Wow, I didn't know that express Pcb was so popular because thats what I use to draw my schematics, it's sooo easy to use, I wish there was a version for Linux. I highly recommend Express Pcb to anyone needing a schematic drawing program.

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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2008, 20:28 
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I wish someone would hack the heck out of it so it would output something another program could use to make gerbers. Or, just make gerbers itself.
Ri

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PostPosted: 22 Sep 2009, 14:13 
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Hi Guys,

maybe a bit late but there are some more progs that might be interesting:

DipTrace: http://www.diptrace.com/ free, with a 250pins limit. Gerber and Netlist export.
FreePCB: http://www.freepcb.com/ Windows, Netlist import function. There's also TinyCAD available at this site!
PCB123: http://www.pcb123.com/ Includes a "huge" 10.000 parts library.

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PostPosted: 22 Sep 2009, 15:23 
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Gio wrote:
.....I use this handy icon pack.

Reminds me, I should update that as I've added a bunch more :D

Cheers!

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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2009, 14:38 
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Hi Gregg, let us know when you add them and thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2009, 03:13 
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Updated: http://geek.scorpiorising.ca/files/Circuit_Symbols.zip

Slowly reassembling the site from the big server crash is giving me a chance to update and redo things 8-)

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PostPosted: 21 Dec 2011, 07:27 
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CrazzyAbtTubes wrote:
Wow, I didn't know that express Pcb was so popular because thats what I use to draw my schematics, it's sooo easy to use, I wish there was a version for Linux. I highly recommend Express Pcb to anyone needing a schematic drawing program.


I just tried it in linux and it works fine under Wine!


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