TinyCAD is a program for drawing electrical circuit diagrams commonly known as schematic drawings. It supports standard and custom symbol libraries. It supports PCB layout programs with several netlist formats and can also produce SPICE simulation netlists. It is also often used to draw one-line diagrams, block diagrams, and presentation drawings.
- Flat or Hierarchical Schematic Entry
- Many popular PCB Layout compatible netlist formats
- Convenient support for embedding graphical images in drawings
After a little search I came to Tinycad and in my search for a method of drawing circuit schematics it seems rather good. In the past I have tried Smartdraw (okay but not very nice looking in the end and no print that worked under the free download I had) and the original Visio (once Microsoft brought it out I would never use a MS product especially as they ruined it in the next release and made it less than a clever solution) so now TinyCad seems to be my best option. I have had 20 minutes with it and although I am not quite sure why I cannot remove the tool box once I have collected all my circuit elements I am after all just a beginner on this package. I have to say I am impressed. I will update you with my thoughts as I play with it but it has been a good start! Thanks guys!
Terrific, just what I needed to do simple circuit design. For a dabbler in EE like myself, it was very intuitive to just start up and begin placing components and putting things together. I'm very happy to have such a useful tool that I don't have to spend megabucks on and has such a great learning curve. One feature I would have liked to see made simpler is creating your own symbol for custom IC's. Although this is possible, it would be nice to have the process be a little more guided.
What a wonderful app! I've been using OrCAD back in the days, and recently looked for a replacement. Found this and I'm happy! excellent application for me, netlist extraction works very well with FreePCB. Well done developers! I was not able to create hierarchical pages 'on the fly' (noticed it does support inserting another schematic as hierarchy) if this is possible I'd be happy to hear, even without it though, TinyCAD is still just great.
TinyCAD is ideal for my simple circuit diagramming and design projects. I used it when designing a six IC pressure alert module. The output of TinyCAD made my project documentation appear professional. However, getting there I had to improve the scanty library, which had no NE555 timer. I copied another 8-pin symbol and made my own NE555. I had to add several chips to the library that way. Since I can make new symbols or convert existing ones, I am content with TinyCAD.