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Old 25th April 2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Is there any nice freeware for drawing schematics?

Any sugestions?
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Old 25th April 2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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kicad is nice - free and no size limitations.
looks to have strong developer and user group support.
and gives you pcb layout capability also.


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Old 25th April 2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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Old 25th April 2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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...Any sugestions?
use the search function?
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Old 25th April 2010, 03:06 PM   #5
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I'll check them out.
At the moment I'm using Eagle for my pcb work but I can't find a good schematics function.
The Eagle freeware is limited though so maybe one of the other programs is a better total package solution?
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Is there any nice freeware for drawing schematics?

Any sugestions?
Kicad is good. Others to look at

1) geda project's "gschem" at gEDA Project's Homepage

2) xschem is good for "publication quality" drawings
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I thought LTspice was the thing, but it is obviously many other alternatives out there.

Has anyone given some of the alternatives a thorough test to be able to say something about how they compare to each oter?
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LTspice from linear.com, especially after you set up keybaord shortcuts. (And, gee whiz! It also simulates your circuits!)
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Old 26th April 2010, 04:31 AM   #9
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LTspice from linear.com, especially after you set up keybaord shortcuts. (And, gee whiz! It also simulates your circuits!)
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How can we associate LTspice to any free pcb software ?

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+1 for both diptrace and LTspice. I have used both in school and both are pretty good.
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