From: Jim Thompson
Subject: Re: schematic drawing software?
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Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 20:47:26 GMT
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On Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:45:58 -0800,
Peter Bennett ,
In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
Entitled: "Re: schematic drawing software?",
Wrote the following:
|On Fri, 03 Jan 2003 12:23:44 -0500, "Smile, it can only get WORSE"
|>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
Keep in mind that "drawing" programs *will not* create schematics that
can be netlisted, thus their value is very limited.
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