What software do you use to draw circuit diagrams?

Hi everyone!

I gave fritzing a go, but it’s WAY too slow. I had a look at Eagle, but it seems more geared towards PCB creation. I just want a graphical representation of how my arduino is rigged up to components on the breadboard.

;D Many thanks in advance! ;D

booyaa

I dont know anything which fills that niche. :frowning:
Could make a interesting project though making something like that.

I usually just memorize what I’m going to do instead of actually planning it.
More fun that way. ;D

Ray Wilsons free Schematic Publisher
Version 1.0

http://musicfromouterspace.com/SchematicEditorPromo/schematicpubwebpage.html

From Rancid bacons site in this section:

Schematic, layout drawing and documentation there are some “template” files you can use with breadboards and Arduino

http://code.rancidbacon.com/Electronics

http://code.rancidbacon.com/ElectronicBreadboardTemplate

Hi,
I’m using this : http://www.abacom-online.de/uk/html/splan.html
examples drawn by myself are here : http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Main/MAX72XXHardware

It was very easy to get started but comes also with complete libraries. I use it for drawing Guitar-Tabs and Chords too. Very versatile…if they only had a linux version :frowning:

Eberhard

QUCS

http://qucs.sourceforge.net/

Thanks guys! :wink:

From Rancid bacons site in this section:

Schematic, layout drawing and documentation there are some “template” files you can use with breadboards and Arduino

Scary, finding links to one own’s site on the forums… :smiley: Thanks for the pointer–I’m glad it’s useful.

For the record, it is actually possible to link to specific sections (but it’s not at all obvious), such as:

Schematic, layout drawing and documentation

To find the anchor name, currently the only way seems to be to view the source and look for the “h2 id=” code for the required section.

–Phil.

P.S. Side Note: I just tried to fix this issue and managed to screw up the wiki content royally–boy, am I glad that despite it being 2am I had the fore-thought and fore-action to backup first! :o

Scary, finding links to one own’s site on the forums…

–Phil.

Phil, that’s a really good collection of links, don’t be to surprised to see it quoted from time to time :wink:

a) A thought… not a “perfect” answer, and not everyone’s answer… but…

If you are only going to do the occasional diagram, then maybe your answer is a general purpose diagramming package that is strong enough to do what you want adequately. Then, the next time you need to do a diagram, but this time NOT of something electronic, the software and skills you already have may again be adequate. Would I use what I’m about to suggest if I did electronic diagrams frequently? No. But it has considerable strengths… not least the fact that it will run under Windows, Linux and Mac.

My general purpose answer: The drawing package which is part of Open Office. Can’t beat the price, and I suspect that the Arduino community knows that you often get more than you pay (cash) for in the open source world.


b) It would be helpful in such threads if people said what operating system(s) their needs/ answers apply to.

b) It would be helpful in such threads if people said what operating system(s) their needs/ answers apply to.

one of those lucky few who has all three major os covered: windows, linux and os x…

I just downloaded KiCAD and it looks full featured and promising (but a little complex). It’s open source (GPL) with source and binaries for Windows and Linux. It has schematic drawing, netlist generation, and PCB layout all integrated.

http://www.lis.inpg.fr/realise_au_lis/kicad/

I just downloaded KiCAD and it looks full featured and promising (but a little complex).

I had considered suggesting KiCad, but my impression was the OP was after something a little different to a straight schematic editor.

If I’m wrong, feel free to also checkout my KiCad notes.

–Phil.

I think you’re right, but I was having a good time trying out all of the packages on this thread and they led me to KiCAD.

For breadboard layouts, I’ve been trying (with varying degrees of success) to use Visio. I’ve created template libraries for all of my breadboards, Arduinos, shields, and a few common parts. I find myself fighting it as much as using it, though. The smart connector routing is the biggest pain, but at least you can layout the major pieces, print it out, then use pencil or pen to play around with the wiring. I’ll eventually get the rules right, I suppose.

I haven’t tried the Open Office Draw in a while, so that will go on my ToDo list as well…