Circuit diagram or schematic capture and PCB (printed circuit board) design is very essential to design electronics. So many options are available to draw circuit either online or through software, In my view having software and practicing on it makes you a perfect schematic designer. In this article i have listed some circuit diagram maker software make use of it.
Kicad is an Open Source software suit for Electronic Design Automation (EDA), the Program do Schematic capture and PCB design and it runs on windows, Linux and OS X. Kicad is a free software available under the GNU GPLv3.
OrCAD lite software provides Schematic Capture, PCB (printed circuit board) design editor, orCAD PSpice Advanced analysis and more… It provides different Licensing options, but student versions are not licensed but instead are limited in terms of design size and complexity.
It is free software available under the terms of GNU GPLv2, this software help us to make flow chart diagram, most suitable for micro controller program flow chart or Embedded systems operation chart.
TinyCAD is a program for drawing Electronic circuit and Electrical circuit diagram, It supports standard and custom symbol libraries yes we can create our own component symbols for schematic capture, It gives PCB layout programs with several netlist formats and also produce spice simulation netlist.
FreePCB is a free, open-source PCB editor for Microsoft Windows, released under the GNU General Public License. It was designed to be easy to learn and easy to use, yet capable of professional-quality work. It does not have a built-in autorouter, but it can use the FreeRoute web-based autorouter at www.freerouting.net. Some of its features are:
- 1 to 16 copper layers
- Board size up to 60 inches by 60 inches
- Uses English or metric units (i.e. mils or mm) for most functions.
- Footprint libraries courtesy of Ivex Design International, PCB Matrix and the IPC.
- Copper fill areas
- Footprint Wizard and Footprint Editor for creating or modifying footprints
- Imports and exports PADS-PCB netlists
- Exports extended Gerber files (RS274X) and Excellon drill files
- Design rule checker
- Autosave (credit http://www.freepcb.com/)
Eagle from autodesk is provides best tools to create schematic capture and PCB design and 3D render output, and i think most of the opensource hardware circuits are being created by using this Eagle software.
The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL’d suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production. Currently, the gEDA project offers a mature suite of free software applications for electronics design, including schematic capture, attribute management, bill of materials (BOM) generation, netlisting into over 20 netlist formats, analog and digital simulation, and printed circuit board (PCB) layout. (credit http://geda-project.org/).
LTspice from Linear Technology provides best schematic capture with simulation output, this kind of software is very useful in production line and it supports different component libraries.(More…)
Multisim from National Instruments is a Schematic and Simulation program, it gives characteristic reference and circuit operation with test point function.
Fritzing is open source, free software to create physical view, Schematic and PCB now a days it gives Code editor for Arduino also viz complete EDA tool. If you wish you can donate and, Fritzing is a non-profit organization devoted to making creative use of electronics accessible to everyone.
Thats all, Practice electronics…