The features of KiCAD sound promising and the
fact that it has a large library developed by users might be
helpful. Steep learning curve? I suppose it is worth it if it
delivers in features and libraries.
I downloaded QElectroTech for similar
wiring features but have not tried it yet. I'll give KiCAD a try
On 9/13/2018 8:33 PM, Lamar Owen wrote:
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 with ease.