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Old 02 March 2016, 04:27   #1
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Wiring Diagram - what software

Hi, doing a clear out of paperwork at home recently and found all my hand written notes and dodgy drawings of my wiring when I replaced lots of electronics and re-wired a lot of stuff a couple of years ago, including installing fused bus bars and negative bus bars etc etc.

Does anyone know of a decent software package that wont break the bank that could be used to create a decent wiring diagram rather than my hand drawn attempt.
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do you know anyone who can cad draw boristhebold [engineer?]


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Why not use Visio ??
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Check with Ryan Pratt on here. He posted some wiring drawings that i was envious of. he has software that was more than I was willing to pay for one drawing but maybe he can do them for you.

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Do a search for " Electronics Workbench " or some other simple free software . There are very simple , but limited CAD packages out there . You sound as if you just need a basic drawing package that you can save and print from.

( It 18 months since I retired from University life , but Workbench was a popular freebie then . )
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I think CAD is too complex for what Boris' needs (this is based on a guess). He simply wants to show how the spaghetti all joins up. No need to a CAD learning curve. I'd probably use yED (other such packages exist - but yed is free). It allows you to essentially draw a flow chart with coloured lines, but easily move stuff around and even have it auto tidy-up.
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I think CAD is too complex for what Boris' needs (this is based on a guess). He simply wants to show how the spaghetti all joins up. No need to a CAD learning curve. I'd probably use yED (other such packages exist - but yed is free). It allows you to essentially draw a flow chart with coloured lines, but easily move stuff around and even have it auto tidy-up.
out of interest poly yed would that work for me lots of times i like to do sketches for work but want them to be a bit more professional than the fag packet drawing.

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Google Sketch up is free and fairly intuitive to use you can do 2 & 3d drawings easily maybe a bit ott for a wiring diagram but I did loads of drawings for a house development and found it realy useful
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out of interest poly yed would that work for me lots of times i like to do sketches for work but want them to be a bit more professional than the fag packet drawing.

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Depends what you are sketching! yEd is really a flow charting package - that works well for things like wiring where you want to show how things are connected rather than the physical size etc. If you want to sketch physical stuff then a CAD type package is probably better. SketchUp as ken suggests is quite quick - although if you've used any other CAD modelling package you will probably shout and sweat a lot at it! I have used SketchUp for showing physical designs/layouts. It probably has a wiring/piping plugin but I wouldn't use if for that unless I was trying to actually layout the cables and lengths etc.
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