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Capturing system block diagrams

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by MovingCharge, May 18, 2014.

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  1. MovingCharge


    May 18, 2014
    Hello, I'm trying to select a schematic capture program.

    1. Do most programs allow you to capture components in a system and draw the interconnects, so you can specify wire size and connectors, etc? Most programs I've seen are mainly for smaller assemblies such as PC boards.

    2. Could anybody upload a screen capture or PDF so I can see what this kind of diagram looks like?

    I'm currently considering CadSoft EAGLE, DipTrace, KiCad and gEDA to run on a Mac. Any comments on these programs would be welcome.
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Hi and welcome to our forum.

    Eagle comes with an example for a system diagram (see atttachment). Is this what you're looking for? I can't judge the other programs.

    Attached Files:

  3. KrisBlueNZ

    KrisBlueNZ Sadly passed away in 2015

    Nov 28, 2011
    For block diagrams, and other diagrams in general, you might want to consider Visio.
  4. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Visio is a good tool for this, but it comes at a price...
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