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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Walter Harley, Dec 27, 2005.

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  1. Win Hill and Fred Bloggs, you guys seem to be using the same ASCII schematic
    editor, and it seems to do a nicer job than the one I've been using

    May I ask what it is you're using?

  2. Guest

    Windows Notepad. You know, the one in
    Start->Programs->Accessories->Notepad. Just make sure you set the
    Format->Font to Courier.
  3. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    ASCII me no questions and i will TeleType you no lies...
  4. Robert Baer wrote...
    I edit the drawing in whatever usenet environment I'm
    in, or if it's sufficiently complicated, I use WinEdit or
    another programmer's editor, and copy/paste the result.
  5. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    I use Email Effects from Sig Software .
  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    That's so danged tedious, though. ;-) I think the OP was asking
    about something like Andy's ASCII-Circuits and that sort of
    thing. I've never used it, because I so seldom come up with
    a schematic worth posting [ ;-) ], but I hear it's the bee's
    knees. :)


  7. Correct. AACircuit beats the heck out of hand-editing in an insert-mode
    editor like Notepad. But the schematics it produces aren't quite as compact
    or graceful as the ones that Fred and Win make. The reason I'd presumed
    they were using the same editor was certain common elements: e.g., the first
    character of each line of art is a dot; resistors are shown simply as the
    value, with no box or squiggly line; and transistors are shown just as e/b/c
    or s/g/d. I guess that's just stylistic choice, combined with a
    non-schematic-aware text editor.
  8. Thanks, Fred. I'll DL that and give it a spin.
  9. Walter Harley wrote...
    Insert mode sucks, all decent editors have an over-write
    mode. One thing that distinguishes them is what happens
    to the cursor when you go to a new line. If it stays in
    place just below where it was, that's good.
    I have to do that because my usenet posting agent removes any
    leading spaces. :-( Fred has adopted it lately, perhaps for
    the same reason.
    That's my invention for clarity, but I haven't seen Fred use
    it much.
    Correct, that's a draftsman's decision for a clean drawing.
  10. garyr

    garyr Guest

    I wrote an ASCII editor using Python a couple of years ago. I
    announced it on this newsgroup but there wasn't a lot of interest. You
    can find a copy (both source and execuitable) at - just click on the filename. It may
    not work on an XP machine, however since I was using Win98 at the time.
    I've since graduated to XP and have also add a few features to the the
    program since then. If you are interested I'll update the copy on my
  11. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    I think the term is "cat's pajamas"...
  12. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    So you use Kedit??
  13. It's the "cat's ass"

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  14. garyr wrote...
    Yes, please do!
  15. Robert Baer wrote...
    Hmm, that's a new one. I see it costs $159, pretty steep.
    I usually use WinEdit, purchased from Wilson WindowWare,
    but I'm always looking for a better editor.

    I'd like to find an editor that lets me insert working
    page-feed commands into html code. :)
  16. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    UltraEdit does more things than I can fathom. Have you looked at it?

    ...Jim Thompson
  17. Jim Thompson wrote...
    I used to have UltraEdit on my computer before I had to rebuild
    it when changing to WinXP. I had used UltraEdit on and off -
    there was some aspect that bothered me, but that was an old
    version. Maybe whatever bothered me can be changed in the
    preferences menu. I'll give it another try.
  18. I was recently intending to buy UE version 11, since I'm stiull using 7.
    However, got to the checkout page and they added on 17.5% VAT because I'm
    British! Screw that - I'm not paying UK tax to US companies.

    I was told it is now standard for US companies to collect UK tax. If so - no
    more downloads from the US. I suspect the Korean EditPlus
    will not be doing so (and its cheaper).

    Apart from that, try Vim - it's free.


    The Consensus:-
    The political party for the new millenium
  19. Zak

    Zak Guest

    Nedit is neat with column cut-and-paste, working with selections and so
    on. And it is free. I have no idea how it compares, but

    I just installed in on my Linux system and I think it is wonderful for
    schematics. Holding down ctrl while dragging selects a block of text.
    The 'paste column' command inserts the first line of this where the
    cursor is, the next line of the block in the line below, and so on.

    And if insert mode is off it overwrites these lines or appends if desired.

    This makes it easy to copy parts of an ascii schematic around.

    There's a windows port as well, but it needs an X server. There are free
    X servers as well, but which one is good?


  20. In ASCII, that's: ~*
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