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Old 18th September 2019, 12:26 AM   #11
JeffYoung is offline JeffYoung  Ireland
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Help find software for drawing pretty circuit diagrams
Here's my schematic for a variant of the Torpedo III amplifier which includes some of the elements you mentioned. It was drawn in Kicad.

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Old 18th September 2019, 12:30 AM   #12
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Thx ahankinson,
I never paid attention to it, thinking they are gimmicks.
A minute or two playing around with Scheme-it and I like it.
I see it will export to KiCad and doc formats, png, pdf.
It will rubber band a net ( they call it a link) and move it with a comp. iirc Visio does not do that, at least the version I was using.
That is cool we have a Kicad developer in the crowd.
Catalog assign for a symbol like a jfet, could go directly to that part type in the Digi-key database.

I have heard good things about KiCad, I would have to investigate its capabilities.

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Old 18th September 2019, 12:32 AM   #13
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Ha! I never thought I'd see those two together in the same thread. I was the chief architect of FrameMaker back in the 90s; now retired I contribute to Kicad.
We still have a professor using Framemaker for writing technical books
because of all the equations, since the 90s. He won't use anything else.
He's over 80.

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Old 18th September 2019, 12:39 AM   #14
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I don't know what software he uses but SpreadSpectrum always comes up with fine schematics. One example in the linked pdf here.
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Old 18th September 2019, 12:42 AM   #15
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Old 18th September 2019, 03:26 AM   #16
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Well then, I guess you'll never call me Sherlock. Still, I think his schematics are nicely done and easy to take in.
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Old 18th September 2019, 04:05 AM   #17
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Help find software for drawing pretty circuit diagrams
Tinycad is functional (and free), but may not be pretty enough for you.

Kikad schematics are not bad. Attached is an example from an old version, not sure how much it has changed... I think they have a fairly extensive component library these days.

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Old 18th September 2019, 05:35 AM   #18
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I actually liked FrameMaker back in the day. And I found a tiny web app for drawing that actually worked pretty well, draw.io.
You have access to the components and can modify them freely using script language similar to canvas.
It takes a while to set up the components, but the end result is above par imho.
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Xcircuit is great tool to create publication-quality circuit diagrams. I use it all the time. It may not be intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, it's super efficient.

There are many add-on libraries for part symbols, and it's also easy to create your own symbols. For instance, I also use it for my real job where I sometimes need to draw diagrams of vacuum systems with like pumps, getters, gas traps, mass specs, etc.

Note that the on-screen display of the xcircuit editor is optimized for the editing task. The graphics quality of the output file (postscript) is on an entirely different quality level. You can always convert the drawing postscript to a PDF or pretty pixel graphics file using some conversion tool (ps to pdf, ps to PNG or ps to JPG etc.)

The xcircuit website does not look pretty to my eyes, but it is very informative.

This post has an example of a schematic I did with xcircuit. If there's something you don't like about the graphics in there, it was most likely my fault, not xcircuit.
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That does look pretty nice, I'll check it out.
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