Cheap/Free Drafting Software Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by W4HAY, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. W4HAY

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    I'm looking for inexpensive/free "plain-Jane" software for drawing schematics and doing panel/chassis/PCB layouts. The files it produce should be in a readily-viewed format, such as .jpg, etc. IOW, something I can attach to a post on this BB and anyone can view.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. KB1LQC

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    I am not sure about a jpg output ( I have taken screen shots) but I haven't used it enough to know if the option is there. 5Spice at http://www.5spice.com/ seems to be really nice. Also, EasyPCB or express PCB might be good for PCB layout... I am not quite sure if I fully answered your questiong because I am not that familiar with the ins-and-outs of these pieces of software.
     
  3. KL7AJ

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    It won't do PCB layout, but for schematics you can't beat ICAP4. The free eval version is...FREE....and it has about 99% of the functionality of the full-blown big buck version. I've used it for ages.

    (Plus the Spice engine it runs is fantastic.)
     
  4. WY6K

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    I use 5Spice if it is a small circuit and Express Schematic (from Express PCB) for more extensive circuits. I believe it is free.
     
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