Thread: Any suggestions or ideas?
11-03-2007, 08:14 PM #1
Any suggestions or ideas?
This time around i want to make a master wireing diagram of my cockpit and not just a bunch of sribbled notes. What easy to use and cheap or free software do you guys use or recommend to make schematics?
11-03-2007, 10:10 PM #2
Good question. Let me narrow down your choices.
Do you want a schematic diagram (regular circut pathways) or do you want a physical diagram of where each item is and where it connects to (physical layout map) ??
11-03-2007, 10:32 PM #3
I use a CAD program.
11-04-2007, 12:04 AM #4
A physical layout map would be ok but really what i had in mind would be simple square or rectangle representing the component, then show the connections w/wire color, pin number if applicable, and some nomenclature. Make sense?
11-04-2007, 01:22 AM #5
Yes, it makes sense. That is a physical layout map type of diagram.
You already have one you can use if you have Windows. Its called 'Paint' and while it may not be the most advanced software on the planet, it is VERY easy to use. For something more advanced, I would suggest Visio. Its designed to do just what you are looking for. Layout work.
11-15-2007, 02:53 PM #6
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11-16-2007, 11:08 AM #7
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I've done a lot of block diagram including circuit layouts using the drawing functions in Microsoft Excel. Really easy to draw round and square objects along with lines, arrows, and various other shapes. Add text, vary colour and have a different section of the sim in its own worksheet all saved in the one workbook. No need to get your head around the miriad thingies in a CAD program. Similar can be done in Word. Of course this assumes that you have Excel!
Obviously limitations over CAD software but it works for me.
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