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Schematic-drawing software

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:26 pm
by AltechMYOB
Hi all...

I once read about (most likely on-line) some software that accepts input for electronic components, what they are; eg. a resistor, transistor, MOSFET etc; from a person and what each component is electrically connected to. Then when instructed the software intelligently draws a schematic for the circuit using proper symbols and arranging the diagram with the usual logical propagation (where possible) from left to right*, + & - rails top & bottom, and other common connection points. Where electrical conductors cross over one another in the schematic diagram it's constructing, it shows if they are connected or not; all conductor lines are laid out in a nice square fashion, all according to widely understood layout practice.
(*Note: no disrespect intended to those that read from right to left ;) )

I remember thinking back then that it would come in real handy at times, but no longer working in that area I eventually forgot it's name/origin.

Anybody know the name of any software that can do this?

Tnx - :)

Re: Schematic-drawing software

PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 12:17 am
by Flash1940
Yes....You may not like the price of it....National Instruments markets a product I use as an instructor in all my electronics classes called Multisim. If you're a student you can get the student version cheaper.

Flash

Re: Schematic-drawing software

PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:03 pm
by AltechMYOB
Flash1940 wrote:Yes....You may not like the price of it....National Instruments markets a product I use as an instructor in all my electronics classes called Multisim. If you're a student you can get the student version cheaper.

Flash


Hi Flash... thanks for your reply.

I see what you mean about the price... highly capable software and no doubt worth it to somebody working in industry with it. I left the engineering classrooms many, m a n y summers past (the less said about that the better ;) ) and as such wouldn't qualify for a student copy.

If my description struck a chord with you for this product, then it most likely is the NI product, as I've only ever see just the one reference for this capability.
I couldn't see the section within the software that let's you enter data as I described in my original post... what does NI call the module within Multisim that does this?

tnx, Allan

Re: Schematic-drawing software

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:21 am
by BillGriffiths100
and as such wouldn't qualify for a student copy


You don't have to be a student to buy the student edition you just accept its more limited features.
There is no proof required for purchase or any conditions, lets face it if you are learning something new you are a student!.

Re: Schematic-drawing software

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 5:08 pm
by Flash1940
You don't have to be a student to buy the student edition you just accept its more limited features.
There is no proof required for purchase or any conditions, lets face it if you are learning something new you are a student!.


Bill is right about that.....and one more thing...you'll have a piece of software you can try out a concept before warming up your solder station. You'll think you've died & gone to heaven....electrically , that is. I started our students here several years ago using Electronic Workbench....which was created by a company in Canada called Interactive. It was amazing then running on Windows for Workgroups....386 machines. Slow as Christmas....but worked quite well for most of the basic concepts. NI is now at version 11.1.....moves along pretty good on our new computers at blinding speeds.

Flash