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    Default Electrical Drawing Software

    Greetings all,

    Does anybody have a preferred CAD program for designing (or recording) layout wiring schematics? Electronic CAD programs are in some ways overkill (I don't need to place a 160-pin PGA) and in others inadequate (I don't want to have to code an entirely new symbol for a servo). On the other hand, drawing programs (Visio) are way too much work. I am looking for something that is relatively quick, easy, light, and free or near-free.

    Any suggestions?

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    RailModeller includes simple drawing tool that could easily be used to draw wiring schematics. Drawing them on their own layer would keep them safe from unintentional changes. In the old version there was a Symbol Editor that could easily be used to create icons that are in constant use.
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    I would still consider Draftsight. It is comparable to AutoCAD LT, you can make and use blocks for common items, and is pretty easy to use. Oh yeah, and it's free to use.

    https://www.3ds.com/products-service...free-download/

    Available for Windows, Mac, Fedora and Ubuntu.
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    I like DoubleCAD for general cad work, from layout design to electrical schematics. It's available at https://www.turbocad.com/content/doublecad-xt-v5. It's free but you have to register.
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    I tried that myself a few years ago. Could never get it to work right after an update, so I removed it. I typically use ACAD, which I have on my work computer for any 2D work. My PC is running DraftSight, but I have been too busy with work lately to do much.
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    For large scale stuff like layout wiring, I tend to use dia.

    For smaller scale stuff, My tool of choice these days is fritzing:

    http://fritzing.org/home/

    It has a decent component library, it includes a breadboard view, and if you are so inclined, you can get PCBs created.

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    ohh i had forgotten all about gimp ........

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    Hmm. I wonder if one could make an electrical parameters file for XTrackCad... with “track” that is wires and junctions and diodes and resistors and such...
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    Just found this neat little tool. Free to use from Digi-Key: https://www.digikey.com/schemeit/project/
    You can place generic symbols or specific parts in Digi-Key's database. The latter is great when it comes time to generate a bill of material.
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    It's more project oriented vs. large scale wiring project oriented, but for electronics CAD program I use Fritzing now and then.

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    Mostly for larger things like the layout, I draw block diagrams using OpenOffice Draw. It's simple, and the resulting drawings are rudimentary -- blocks with lines connecting them -- but they do the job.

    I then do detail drawings at whatever is necessary to capture the ... details... Sometimes these are also done in OO-Draw, sometimes I switch to an actual CAD program.

    Here's a couple of examples...
    Accessory Power and LocoNet Schematic3.jpgLighting Control Detail.jpg
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    I did not read all the posts here, but you should be able to create items in a cad program then "group" them so you can simply duplicate it over and over. I have a couple master files with such items like turnouts DCC components and such. Simply copy and pasting serves my purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Mostly for larger things like the layout, I draw block diagrams using OpenOffice Draw. It's simple, and the resulting drawings are rudimentary -- blocks with lines connecting them -- but they do the job.

    I then do detail drawings at whatever is necessary to capture the ... details... Sometimes these are also done in OO-Draw, sometimes I switch to an actual CAD program.

    Here's a couple of examples...
    Accessory Power and LocoNet Schematic3.jpgLighting Control Detail.jpg
    very interesting indeed. i have both gimp and open office one all of my computers. 1 linux and 4 windows systems. linux when i need power yeppers

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