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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Chris Carlen, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. Chris Carlen

    Chris Carlen Guest


    Got any favorites? Capable of flowcharting too?

    Good day!

    Christopher R. Carlen
    Principal Laser&Electronics Technologist
    Sandia National Laboratories CA USA

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  2. Dan Hollands

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  3. cbm5

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  4. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    For a lot of stuff Open Office's Draw is the easiest way to go because it
    mixes with text in their Write program easily.

    I sometimes also use the schematic program. The blocks in the block
    diagrams are sheets.
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    What's your alternative, Jeff? I wrote the message you were responding to in
    the link you provide; my alternative for schematics is Mentor Graphics,
    which is far less useful than Visio for presentation schematics, despite the
    problems with Visio.

    But the OP wasn't asking about schematics, he was asking about block
    diagrams. For those, I find that Visio is generally a fine tool.

    -- Mike --
  6. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    I use the drawing tool that comes with
    ( It took some getting used to, and it'll
    never be quite as good as Visio but it's fine for doing block diagrams
    and its free.

    Nearly all the block diagrams in my various papers on my website used
    OOo tools -- including Draw to generate the block diagrams. Graphs were
    either done with MathCad or SciLab (another good free tool --
  7. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    I made an EAGLE library called BLOCK.LBR.
    My schematic capture app
    has done what little block diagram work I needed.
    As you noted in the old post,
    perhaps if you get everything positioned right the first time.
    With Cisio having no real understanding of *connections*
    in the electrical sense (everything is just a *line* to Visio),
    there is a lot of rework to do every time you move something
    (no rubberbanding; it snaps where it wants--and it is clueless).
  8. Edge Diagrammer from

    Does lots of nice stuff - rubber banding of connected blocks, free mix
    of text and graphics, hyperlinks to other diagrams, etc.


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  9. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    A very old version of Protel for Windows used to be quite good, running on
    Win95 back then. If I needed to paste readable schematics into a word
    document and if I wanted it to be quicker than drawing it with a stencil
    and ink pen, then this is the only program I have found so far that I would
    recommend. It is also much better than any microsoft program for doing
    flowcharts, powerpoint diagrams or stuff like that.

  10. JohnS

    JohnS Guest

  11. Yes please,

    I think visio suckis. I use Micrografx Designer for block diagrams and
    Micrografx Flowcharter 7, which have not been released in a while but
    are quite good. I evalutated the Corel tool that follows this (Corel
    bought Micrografx) but is not as good. I have to find new tool as well
    and am looking at Draw program in Open Office, I did some FSM diagrams
    in OO Draw and in my opinion it is worth checking out.

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