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b10010011
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Re: Free or cheap schematic program

I have settled on TinyCad as it has pretty much the same intuitive user interface as Altium I use at work.

I was able to draw up my project in an hour without having to RTFM even once.
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cowboyro
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Orcad used to have a free student version.



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said by rjackal:

I also have had success with ExpressSCH / ExpressPCB, especially if you intend to fabricate a small batch of circuit boards with your design.

I never had to do much PCB work since taped L/O was replaced by computers but I've used ExpressPCB for a couple of clients and found it easy to use.


rjackal
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I also have had success with ExpressSCH / ExpressPCB, especially if you intend to fabricate a small batch of circuit boards with your design. The two tools work seamlessly together. I used it for a small 2-layer PCB with thru-hole and surface mount components for a work project.

Free:
»expresspcb.com/



alphapointe
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I use ExpressSCH / ExpressPCB.


lutful
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said by b10010011:

Just looking for something to draw a schematic with ... wish I still had the schematic template and mechanical pencils from school.

If you are trying to draw a schematic with simple parts (R,C,L, D, op amps, gates etc) you could try out the free LTSpice toolset from Linear Technology. It has a really beautiful schematic capture interface and you can output magazine quality drawings.

Vinch

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I'm surprised nobody mentioned KiCAD.

»www.kicad-pcb.org/display/KICAD/···re+Suite

I've made a few simple (double-sided) PCB designs with it with no problem. Open-source and cross platform. The component libraries need a little tweaking (some pads were numbered incorrectly)



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I use the free version of DipTrace. It has a 300 pin limit but fine for small projects.

/tom


lutful
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said by b10010011:

Can anyone recommend a free or cheap schematic program?

If you want something comparable to Eagle but more intuitive, EasyPC is quite affordable.

»www.numberone.com/easy_pc_v16.asp

b10010011
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said by aurgathor:

What do you mean about "schematic program"? Do you want to make a PCB, or simulate some circuits?

Just looking for something to draw a schematic with.

Eagle made me wish I still had the schematic template and mechanical pencils from school.
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Well there are quite a few, you will have to try a few out and see what one will best fit your drawing style.

LT Spice »www.linear.com/designtools/software/

gplEDA »www.gpleda.org/

Diptrace »www.diptrace.com/

TinyCad »sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/t···=TinyCAD

Solid Edge »www.plm.automation.siemens.com/e···/free2d/

Search for "schematic capture software freeware" for more.



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What do you mean about "schematic program"? Do you want to make a PCB, or simulate some circuits?

For the latter, I used LogicWorks a lot -- it is included with some EE or CE textbooks. »www.capilano.com/lww_5
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b10010011
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Can anyone recommend a free or cheap schematic program? I have tried Eagle and find it very annoying and counter intuitive after using Protel and then Altium at work.
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