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Does anybody know an easy way to draw your own electrical/electronic diagrams in ladder or schematic drawings on your computer?

Asked by Paradox (2570points) October 24th, 2010

This is not a matter of copying or pasting drawings from the internet but I’ve developed my own circuits for phase converters, oscillators, timers and motor winding circuits among other things. I wanted a way where I could create my own drawings for my ideas and save the drawings as documents so I can print out my circuits on my printer anytime I need to.

I only have what my computer came with, Microsoft Works Word Processor. I know how to use Works for creating resumes, graphs, greeting cards among other things but I’m not sure I can do what I want as far as drawing out electrical circuits goes on Works. I’ve tried searching the web but with no luck.

Is there a way I can use Works to do this or do I need a version of Office or something else? Are there any links that would show me how. I don’t want to draw the circuits on paper and copy them (which I have been doing) I want to draw the circuits and save the diagram to a document folder so I can print out copies at any time I need them.

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poisonedantidote's avatar

here is some software that claims to allow you to draw your own circuits, it also claims to be free. however as i have never used it my self i cant say for sure.

jrpowell's avatar

If you want free and safe I would try SketchUp

It isn’t perfect for what you want. But it will work.

Paradox's avatar

Thanks I will look at both. Having the setup I want would make my life a little easier.

amazingcookie's avatar

In school, my teacher advises us to use Microsoft Visio.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Have you checked out freepcb.com to see if it would be of help to you?

srmorgan's avatar

try www.visimation.com for a template that runs over Visio

Paradox's avatar

I’ve found a function on my Microsoft Works where I may be able to do this (not sure yet). If I can’t than I will have to decide from one of the above options. Thank you everyone.

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