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'[OT]: looking for suggestions for communicating i'
2001\08\01@151241 by Mike Mansheim

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I would like to communicate some information to a vendor that is
building a test bench that will interface directly to the pic on our
product.  This information will consist of, for example, pieces of a
schematic showing how our pic interfaces to a connector, how the circuit
on their side should look, the exact configuration of the interconnect
cable, square wave timing diagrams, etc., all along with text for
explaining the whole mess.  As with everything, I would like to do this
rapidly!  It seems it would be fastest to just write/draw it by hand,
but I would like to e-mail this information (I'm actually considering
doing it by hand and taking a picture of it).
None of the software packages we have here (Word, Excel, Visio) seem
particularly well suited to this task.  I don't do the schematics around
here, but I'm also considering asking the person that does to draw this
up.  Any suggestions?  Would any of the schematic/cad packages that were
discussed not too long ago work very well for this?  I've never used any
of them, but I could pick one up quickly.
Thanks for any input.

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2001\08\01@153830 by Douglas Butler

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That is what a FAX machine is for.  Email can't do everything.  At least
not without a whole lot of pain!
If either of you don't have a fax machine, the local office supply store
will gladly send or receive it for you, for a price.
Sherpa Doug

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2001\08\01@230904 by Brent Brown

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A couple of options here:

1) Use fax software on your PC, for example I use Bitware. I use
this all the time for communicating schematics and PCB's to my
clients. Works well and has many good points:
- I have a record on my PC of all faxes sent and received
- No fax paper in sight (at my end), but can print them when desired
- Better than a conventional fax machine in terms of no paper to run
out of, no crooked lines that are supposed to be straight, less
aliasing of text, can send shades of grey nicely, can "fax" to file
then link a whole bunch of files together and send them as one,
automatic generation of fax header page.

2) Email it in Acrobat .PDF format. Check in the archives for a
message from Bob Blick on how to do this...for free! I have recently
got into using this mehtod and I am very pleased with how easy it is
to do and how good the results are. I can even make multi-color
.pdf's of my PCB's.

Brent Brown
Electronic Design Solutions
16 English Street
Hamilton, New Zealand
Ph/fax: +64 7 849 0069
Mobile/text: 025 334 069
eMail:  spam_OUTbrent.brownTakeThisOuTspamclear.net.nz

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2001\08\01@233708 by Douglas Wood

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You can download and use (for free) OrCad's eCapture schematic capture
software from the SpinCircuit web site (http://www.spincircuit.com). The only
drawback to it that I can see is that it requires an Internet link to fire
it up each time (it uses a user id and password). Your client could then
also doenload and install this and then they'd be able to view and print at
their site.

Douglas Wood
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2001\08\02@051637 by Alan B. Pearce

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>None of the software packages we have here (Word, Excel, Visio) seem
>particularly well suited to this task.  I don't do the schematics around
>here, but I'm also considering asking the person that does to draw this
>up.  Any suggestions?  Would any of the schematic/cad packages that were
>discussed not too long ago work very well for this?  I've never used any
>of them, but I could pick one up quickly.

Get a copy of Xara X from http://www.xara.com/ You can get a 30 day demo
which will export in WMF format which a lot of software will read. It is
essentially a vector drawing package ideal for drawing block diagrams and
the like, although a lot more powerful than just this.

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2001\08\02@053157 by SkinTech

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A way I used often is to print from the schematics package to a file, for
instance in EPS (encapsulated postscript). Most will support it.
Then I open Word and import the eps file on a clean sheet, and presto!
There's you schematic, and you can just email it to your customer/contractor
as a word file, that he can print etc.

Cheers, Jan Didden

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