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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: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:59:31 -0700
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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 first.


On 9/13/2018 8:33 PM, Lamar Owen wrote:
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 with ease.

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