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Re: Open Source or Inexpensive CAD/Drawing Program
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Subject: Re: Open Source or Inexpensive CAD/Drawing Program
From: Dan Grimes <dangrimes@sosradio.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:39:22 -0700
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With so many using Visio, does anyone have a good list of blocks and templates they have developed for common radio products, perhaps even down to the make and model?  It would be great to develop a library for all to use in a program that many are using.

-Dan



On 9/13/2018 1:18 AM, Bob Morris wrote:

....I have adopted DS as my goto CAD program but I still do all my stuff in Visio. I love Visio 2016. I have access to it through my regular employers home user program. When I leave that in a couple years, I will lose access to Visio. At that time, if I can afford a personal copy of Visio, I will stay with that. If not, I will pony up the dollars for Draftsight and that will be it for me.

 

 

Bob Morris

Recording Engineer, Wells of Salvation Studio (www.wellsofsalvation.com)

Bobmorris54@outlook.com

Engineer/Chief Fixer-Upper, Faith and Friends Radio (www.faithandfriendsradio.com)

bob@faithandfriendsradio.com

937.416.1245

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From: nathaniel.steele@icloud.com <nathaniel.steele@icloud.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:44 PM
To: 'CRTech' <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: RE: [CRTech] Open Source or Inexpensive CAD/Drawing Program

 

I have used Visio for years, you can make custom shapes, and you can do some cool stuff with the shapesheet and VBA. I’m not good at any of that because it always seems to take too long to learn and I just need to get work done. Also I have liked each new version of Visio less and less. 2003 or 2007 are my favorite, they seem to be dumbing it down with every new release (typical Microsoft).

 ....

I always seem to end up back at VISIO, not because it’s the best, but well it’s usually been available ( I have my own copy of 2007, and my last two employers have office 365 so I just get that version. I might just cancel it and go back to using my 2007 though because it’s not any better…..But it is useful, pretty easy to use (not  to customize though), can make quick flowcharts, building plans, maps, and diagrams, and can do a lot out of the box. I guess that’s why I end up going back to it all the time. I’m about to do a major facility rewire here at my current job and I may look into KiCAD again for facility documentation.

 

From: Dan Grimes <dangrimes@sosradio.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:23 PM
To: crtech@crtech.org
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Open Source or Inexpensive CAD/Drawing Program

 

I have used Visio and it provides some nice features for wiring.  For instance, you can use preset blocks with connection points.  As you move blocks around, the wires stay connected.  It also provides some anchors and custom lock points.  Unfortunately, the auto-location of wires after you move an object or block tends to mess up the wiring.  Also, I think you are forced to use their blocks; you cannot make cu

-Dan Grimes

 

 

On 9/12/2018 11:05 AM, Bob Morris wrote:

Absolute best is Visio but it is pricy...

 

Bob Morris

937.416.1245


From: Marcos O'Rourke <mo@kwve.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:54:08 PM
To: CRTech
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Open Source or Inexpensive CAD/Drawing Program

 

If you want to go crazy, you can look at WireCAD. I use that and really like it.



--
Marcos O'Rourke, CBRE CBNE
Engineering
K-Wave Radio

 

 

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 10:53 AM kgms Tucson <940kgms@gmail.com> wrote:

...

Right now I am using Lucid chart. I mostly do network/equipment diagrams and Lucid chart is pretty cool because it you can import Viso stencils that manufacturers provide. They also have a lot of common icons available without importing icons....


Christina

 

On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:29 PM Dan Grimes <dangrimes@sosradio.net> wrote:

Fellow Engineers,

What do you all like to use for making wiring drawings that is
open-source or low cost and efficient to learn and use?

-Dan Grimes, SOS Radio Network

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