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Best Image Markup Software for PCBs?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by KenO, Nov 23, 2012.

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  1. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Am looking for Image Markup Software that would be used to identify parts of circuit boards to minimize any possible confusion.

    Am open to all suggestions.

    Ken
     
  2. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Should add that it needs to open JPGs.

    Ken
     
  3. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I'm still using PaintShop Pro 5.0 which is about as old as Windows 95.
    I'm running Win98SE, though.

    - Franc Zabkar
     
  4. legg

    legg Guest

    'Paint' (mspaint.exe) still works for me in most MS OS's.
    It will open and edit JPGs, but some revs have limited save formats.

    Simple line drawings from the board art are usually better base
    material for circuit boart component illustration, than are
    photographic images.

    Rendered in any format and displayed by any software, they can usually
    be generated by 'printscreen' utilities that are the epitomy of
    WYSIWYG documentation art.

    RL
     
  5. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Everyone,

    Thanks for all your suggestions and comments!

    I should have mentioned am using various PCs all which are using Windows XP to 7.

    Would be nice if the software was small and can be installed on a USB drive so I could install once and use on all the PCs.

    Last unless really needed would like an easy to learn app or at least have tutorials so make the learning curve less steep.

    Ken
     
  6. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Michael,

    "I've use Paint, which is part of Windows. I've also used GIMP which runs under Linux or Windows. Irfanview may do it as well. Just about any graphics manipulation program will let you do it."

    Must admit I have never used any version of Paint.

    Did a quick search and found
    http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/Using-Paint
    http://fay.iniminimo.com/paint7.html

    Also found other alternatives
    http://fay.iniminimo.com/free_graphics.html

    Do you have any examples of marking up PCBs using Paint?

    Should add that I am trying to reduce the number of apps to try to those others have found useful to markup PCB photos.

    Ken
     
  7. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Jeff,

    "For tweaking photos, I use Irfanview. Hit "F12" for the drawing tools."

    Example of added text and arrows using Irfanview:
    http://802.11junk.com/jeffl/pics/repair/slides/Behringer-PMH518M-PS.html

    WAS VERY IMPRESSED!!! so installed the latest version of Irfanview. Tried to do what you did but I got no where.

    Did a search for tutorials using "text and arrows using irfanview" but only thing got was this post.
    http://www.diybanter.com/electronics-repair/349490-best-image-markup-software-pcbs.html

    No "..." got About 2,410,000 results but nothing useful in 1st page.

    Any tips on how you did your example?

    "Windoze Paint is quick and easy when I'm in a hurry." Sounds like Paint is what I need!!! At least in the beginning.

    Thanks again for your example!

    Ken
     
  8. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Franc,

    "I'm still using PaintShop Pro 5.0 which is about as old as Windows 95. I'm running Win98SE, though."

    Do you have any examples that I can link to?

    Ken
     
  9. KenO

    KenO Guest

    RL,

    "'Paint' (mspaint.exe) still works for me in most MS OS's. It will open and edit JPGs, but some revs have limited save formats."

    Any examples that I can link to?

    Thanks

    Ken
     
  10. KenO

    KenO Guest

    John,

    "If you use OSX then PREVIEW natively allows you to add text and draw simple objects in jpegs and giffs. Very quick way to add notations..."

    Sorry, I should have mentioned am only looking for Windows apps.

    Ken
     
  11. KenO

    KenO Guest

    Michael,

    Looked at your example of marking up PCBs using Paint.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/materrell/8214753518/in/photostream

    Looks Good to me!

    Any tips concerning making arrows and text to add to photos? Would also like to make rectangles of different colors around a component so someone can easily tell which item I am referring to.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Ken
     
  12. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    http://www.oldapps.com/Paint_Shop_Pro.php

    Version 5.0 was shareware. I don't know about the others.

    In any case I would go with IrfanView. I just stick with PSP because
    I'm used to it.

    The following site is very useful if you're after an older version of
    an application:

    http://www.oldapps.com/irfanview.php
    http://www.oldapps.com/gimp.php
    http://www.oldapps.com/

    - Franc Zabkar
     
  13. I also use Paint to add text, boxes and arrows to pictures.
    My only suggestion is that if it's a complicated picture then save it
    often with different names. There's an undo button in paint, but it
    only goes back so far. At some point you're stuck with whatever
    you've done and have to reload the original file if you watn to change
    something.

    George H.
    (I'm going to try Irfanview.)
     
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