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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Melodolic, Jun 7, 2006.

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  1. Melodolic

    Melodolic Guest

    Any recommendations for software that can be used to sketch block diagrams
    of circuits? Doesn't have to be fancy - usability is more desirable than
    lots of features.

  2. Roger

    Roger Guest

    I use the generic drawing functions in my schematic editor, has the
    advantage that I can easily throw in electrical symbols in boxes or
    whatever. Many schematic editors have block diagram like symbols ready

    Worth noting that most EDA packages have evaluation versions with
    limited capabilities such as size of board, number of pins etc., should
    not be any problem if you want to make a block diagram.
  3. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

  4. Melodolic

    Melodolic Guest

  5. Melodolic

    Melodolic Guest

    Yup, I recently got the freebie version of Eagle. I'm just having a look
    through the libraries to see if it has something suitable.
  6. JeffM

    JeffM Guest
    "EAGLE" , properly written, is all caps
    (Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor).
    Nah. It took me a few minutes
    to make an assortment of generic boxes with X inputs and Y outputs.
    Just slap together something that suits you.
    I also use symbols from existing libraries.

    I forgot to mention in the previous thread
    that EAGLE can export in DXF, making graphics rather portable.
  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

  8. Wayne

    Wayne Guest


    I have tried to find EAGLE. I found EAGLE 4.16 for LINUX and MAC, but
    even though I read it is supposed to be available for WINDOWS I cannot find
    it. Does anyone know where it can be found, are my eyes worse than my
    optometrist say they are, or is there some other strange deed going on?

    Anyone's help will be Greatly Appreciated.

    Thank You,

  9. Check the EAGLE download page at in
    the program download section. You are looking for
  10. Wayne

    Wayne Guest

    You are a Kind Soul Sir. I got it. I got the manual and tutorial as well. I
    will go back shortly and look over the libraries..

    You have been a Champ.

    Thank You,

  11. Geek Chick

    Geek Chick Guest

    Apart from EAGLE, I find myself using ExpressPCB/SCH a lot and it is
    freeware (

  12. Melodolic

    Melodolic Guest

    I'll try to remember that (but suspect I might not :).

    Aye, you're probably right. I was originally after some prog dedicated to
    the task, but EAGLE is probably as much a prog as such a thing anyway.

    Yup, I started making a library for myself to hold components I couldn't
    find - copied existing ones and modified them.

    I had a look but couldn't see something to do that, and DXF didn't come up
    in the help, either.
  13. Melodolic

    Melodolic Guest

    Thanks - I'll give it a whirl.
  14. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Apart from EAGLE,
    As I mentioned in a previous post, EAGLE can export in DXF
    (a nearly universal format).
    It also prints camera-ready artwork.
    Properly categorized, it would be called *promo-ware*.
    (or lock-in-ware or crippleware). Yes, they give it away,
    but it is intended to get you to send the files that it produces to
    so that you will pay them to fabricate your PCBs.*-polygons-curves+*-*-*-*-*-camera-ready-art

    It was never intended to be interoperable at any other level.
    Getting it to print requires you to jump thru hoops:

    Trying to import the graphic into another document
    or otherwise use it outside the ExpressPCB app?
    Good luck on that.
    It seems like a terrible candidate for what the OP wants to do.
  15. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    I forgot to mention in the previous thread
    D'oh. The EXPORT command will give you bitmaps.
    When I created a vector-based file, I downloaded a user-created script.
    Maybe it comes with the main download now.*
  16. Spajky

    Spajky Guest

    better Powerpoint, I used it even for schematics plans on my site :)
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