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2009\06\01@190204 by Roger Weichert

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Hi Guys,

I regularly need to draw out circuits of pcbs that I have to repair, so that I can understand them and work out the faults. (Would be nice to have access to the manufacturers diagrams .. but it never happens)

Normally I just do the area of the circuit that I'm having trouble with . and then as I see more of the boards with other faults .. it grows from there.

Is there any cheap or freeware program anyone would recomend  ..  that I can use to make my life easier .. rather than drawing them out multiple times by hand until it resembles something sensible.

Thanks,  Roger

2009\06\01@201925 by Vitaliy

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Roger Weichert wrote:
> I regularly need to draw out circuits of pcbs that I have to repair, so
> that I can understand them and work out the faults. (Would be nice to have
> access to the manufacturers diagrams .. but it never happens)
>
> Normally I just do the area of the circuit that I'm having trouble with .
> and then as I see more of the boards with other faults .. it grows from
> there.
>
> Is there any cheap or freeware program anyone would recomend  ..  that I
> can use to make my life easier .. rather than drawing them out multiple
> times by hand until it resembles something sensible.

Let's see if I can beat everyone else by being the first person to suggest
EAGLE. :)

Vitaliy

2009\06\01@204143 by VictorF

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Take a look at tinycad (free)
victor
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2009\06\01@204804 by Benjamin Grant

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if you like linux and ocaml, this might be a choice.
http://code.google.com/p/kicadocaml/  free as well.

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 8:41 PM, VictorF <victorf57spamKILLspamcox.net> wrote:

> Take a look at tinycad (free)
> victor
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2009\06\01@235956 by solarwind

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On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM, Roger Weichert <.....rweicherKILLspamspam.....bigpond.net.au> wrote:
> Hi Guys,
>
> I regularly need to draw out circuits of pcbs that I have to repair, so that I can understand them and work out the faults. (Would be nice to have access to the manufacturers diagrams .. but it never happens)
>
> Normally I just do the area of the circuit that I'm having trouble with . and then as I see more of the boards with other faults .. it grows from there.
>
> Is there any cheap or freeware program anyone would recomend  ..  that I can use to make my life easier .. rather than drawing them out multiple times by hand until it resembles something sensible.

I use DipTrace.

2009\06\02@014956 by Steve Smith

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groups.yahoo.com/group/OldDosOrcad/

its dos...but will work on virtually any platform including vista... SDT3 is
the one you are looking for its tiny about 2M but its still as valid today
as when I first started using it in 1993...

Steve

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2009\06\02@034957 by DVD

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Hello,

i propose Target 3001!, http://www.ibfriedrich.com. I've tried much electronics
SW, but this is in my opinion the fastest to learn and easiest to use. I
never got used to work with EAGLE. (How long time does it support the
"killing" feature of right mouse button context menu? :D )

David

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2009\06\02@062755 by Roger Weichert

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys.

I've had a look at all of those suggested, and have downloaded TinyCad and
Eagle to have a play with.

I've certainly been living in the dark ages, doing it all by hand  ... these
are going to be really useful, once I decide which one to adopt.

>From my short time with each ..  TinyCad seems a fair bit more intuitive
(for me) ...  but I need to spend a lot more time exploring first.

As explained earlier, I dont need this for board design and layout  ...
just circuit drawing.

Thanks again,    Roger

2009\06\02@064018 by cdb

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:: Is there any cheap or freeware program anyone would recomend

I use Autotrax EDA - about to become DEX on DOT net version, currently
US$99.00 - which is much cheaper than the $500 I paid over six years
ago!

http://www.kov.com
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2009\06\02@142352 by Vitaliy

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Roger Weichert wrote:
> Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
>
> I've had a look at all of those suggested, and have downloaded TinyCad and
> Eagle to have a play with.
>
> I've certainly been living in the dark ages, doing it all by hand  ...
> these
> are going to be really useful, once I decide which one to adopt.
>
>>From my short time with each ..  TinyCad seems a fair bit more intuitive
> (for me) ...  but I need to spend a lot more time exploring first.
>
> As explained earlier, I dont need this for board design and layout  ...
> just circuit drawing.

One big reason to go with EAGLE is that you are more likely to get help from
this list (it is the de facto schematic capture program for hobbyists).

The downside is that it has a pretty steep learning curve.

Vitaliy

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