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Old 12-08-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Software for drawing circuits

I truly am trying to do as much research as possible before asking you guys for your time in helping me build an E-BIAB control panel. I've been studying several of the circuit diagrams that have been posted, and I'm understanding things much better now.

I would like to know what software program you are using to create these beautiful circuit diagrams.

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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I'm in the same position : want to draw things out before I build it. I tried the SmartDraw trial, but I didn't like it (couldn't change connection points, seemed difficult to define custom widgets, not free after 7 days). XCircuit looked like too much trouble to install. I have Visio, but not installed and I'm too lazy to find the CD. I ended up going with Dia (Dia draws your structured diagrams: Free Windows, Mac OS X and Linux version of the popular open source program), which is basically a Visio clone. You can't define connection points in Dia, either, but I worked around that by using single-pixel lines. My diagram turned out ok, and it's certainly easier to manage in Dia than Paint.

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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I used paint... it sucks but gets the job done... I couldnt find any that were not really expensive or complicated

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Old 12-08-2011, 08:47 PM   #4
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I used Adobe Illustrator for mine. It is both really expensive and complicated, but I use it for work so it was readily available.

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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Microsoft Visio is commonly available and effective. Standard drawing programs can be a serious pain when you need to make changes.

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Try Sketchup. Can't beat the price. There's even an Electrical Components plug-in. I haven't used the plugin but I can vouch that Sketchup is awesome.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for the recommendations. I was starting to feel a little down. I had posted a question or two a couple days ago and hadn't heard a response. I tho't that I had checked a box to be notified by e-mail if I rec'd a response, but I haven't received one. I happened to check the thread on which I had posted the question, and there was a very good response from the OP.

There haven't been many patients in the clinic today, so I've had some time to surf some more thru the "Electric Brewing" section. I found a couple setups that are almost exactly what I will need.

Thanks again. I may end up scanning something I draw and posting for any questions.

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I use Smart Draw. I have it for doing some other projects and it works pretty good for schematics. Easy to learn, takes time to master. I was surprised though that I was drawing schematics within minutes.

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I truly am trying to do as much research as possible before asking you guys for your time in helping me build an E-BIAB control panel. I've been studying several of the circuit diagrams that have been posted, and I'm understanding things much better now.

I would like to know what software program you are using to create these beautiful circuit diagrams.

Thanks,
Keith
Keith,
Tell me what you want to accomplish with your system and the power/components that you will be using. I'd be more than willing to draw a diagram for you.

BIAB? I probably already have one that might fit your needs.

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P-J,

Thanks for the offer. You must love doing these drawings. I've communicated with thughes regarding his E-BIAB build. He said that you were a great deal of help to him. I've greatly enjoyed studying your schematics and have learned a lot from them. My other hobby involves pipe organs. Mine has about 800 pipes with each one having a magnet valve running on 12VDC. I've had to learn a little more about electricity since my college physics days.

From the threads I read today, it appears that your schematic for Voltin dated a few weeks ago is the closest to what I will need. I would like to post two new threads - one with question about my design concept and another simply asking for some help with terminology - before I put you to the trouble.

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