From: Peter Bennett
Subject: Re: schematic drawing software?
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:45:58 -0800
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>I've used turbo cad some, but my version is very old (ver 3). The old
>version does not do electronic schematic drawing.
I've played with it a bit, but it is sufficiently different from
AutoCad and Protel that I use at work that I gave up...
>I've been looking for some software that would simple schematic
>editing and printing/saving to files.
As I recall, my version came with libraries of electrical and
electronic components. If yours didn't, you could make your own
blocks or symbols.
>1-Is the software specifically made to draw schematics (self layout
>and self completing lines if you tell it you want a connection between
>pin 4 of U1 and pin 9 of U2)? Or, do I have to determine where I want
>the particular line to run on the drawing and multiple click
>(basically drawing the line myself)?
I'm not aware of any program that will automagically make connections
on a schematic. I use Protel (a fairly expensive electronic CAD
system) and I do have to draw the schematic myself.
>2-Is it really schematic drawing friendly or is it a mechanical
>drawing program with a few electronic symbols on the cd rom?
TurboCad is primarily a mechanical drawing program - but should be OK
for simple schematics (I've used AutoCad for some fairly complex
Peter Bennett VE7CEI
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