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From: Markus Baertschi
Subject: Re: schematic drawing software?
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 22:17:24 +0100
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after having tried many cad for schematicks and PCB design I recommend
you give Eagle a try (www.cadsoft.de). The user-interface needs some
time to get used to (as most CAD software).
There is a free version with limits the size of the schematics (1 page)
and the size of the PCB board.
In article ,
> Hi Everyone,
> 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 been looking for some software that would simple schematic
> editing and printing/saving to files.
> I called the turbocad people and the lady I spoke to was very very
> nice. She didn't know a transistor from an IC however and really
> couldn't answer my questions about the abilities of turbocad to draw
> schematics. Perhaps I should have asked to talk to another rep who had
> knowledge of schematic drawing capability and features, but I didn't.
> I know that there is some support for turbocad on the website, but I
> really need to chat with a turbocad user that does electronics and
> schematic drawing/editing in turbocad.
> Some simple questions.....
> 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)?
> 2-Is it really schematic drawing friendly or is it a mechanical
> drawing program with a few electronic symbols on the cd rom?
> 3-Is there any real and practical reason for me to buy the latest
> version (ver 8.2)? I see some version 7's on ebay, new in the box for
> around 10 to 15 dollars...but they don't have hard copy book type
> manuals with them.
> Before answering question 3, consider that I rarely dabble in circuits
> with more than 3 chips and 5 transistors and I want to print them and
> archive them to digital files and be able to make revisions and edit
> the diagrams. I don't need spice, pcb layout/design or any of that
> really pricey stuff that comes with Orcad.
> Send me a sign please.
> And, thanks alot!
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