On 09/07/2018 07:08 PM, Dan Grimes wrote:
What do you all like to use for making wiring drawings that is
open-source or low cost and efficient to learn and use?
I'm learning to use KiCAD myself, which is designed for schematic
capture and PCB layout (see some KiCAD-generated schematics, layouts,
and generated gerber manufacturing files on www.retrobrewcomputers.org
). It's fully open source and designed for Linux, although I think it's
available for Windows and Mac. The main feature of KiCAD is that it is
designed from the ground up for schematics; wires aren't just lines, but
KiCAD knows about connections and maintains them even when you move
parts around (much like Visio). Parts aren't just blocks with
connections, but actual parts, with pinouts and other characteristics.
KiCAD knows how to group buses together, too, so you can consolidate a
set of lines into a bus and a single thick busline snakes around the
page instead of a bunch of thinner lines.... One could build a library
of audio gear with pinouts, footprints, electrical characteristics, etc,
and KiCAD would be up to the task of keeping such a schematic up-to-date
For straight drawings, QCAD works well, and is available both in an open
source version (Windows, Mac, and Linux) that is just slightly crippled
or in a commercial but low-cost version that can open .DWG files and
adds quite a few niceties. I've done some F-size single-line
electricals with QCAD, and it was up to the task.