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
Amazing. This program has saved thousands of man-hours for myself and colleagues. At first, one would think it is only good for circuit-board design. Not the case at all. I am an audiovisual design engineer, and this is PERFECT for conceptual (pre-sales) design. AutoCAD is great, and everything will end up being in there, but it takes time. TinyCAD does not. Once you create a decent library, you can pump out drawings at a blistering pace. Bottom line, I would pay for this product if it weren't free. It is that damn good.
VirusTotal ( www.virustotal.com ) tells me that the latest rlease ( TinyCAD_2.80.08_631_Production_Release.exe ) contains viruses. The old release TinyCAD_2.80.03.514_Production_Setup.exe seems to be clean. This will prevent many people from wanting to upgrade.
Great job! Simple, fast, light tool for drawing schematics. It has snap to grid, drag connected component, 90degree (and more) wire guide, rotate. Drawing your own parts is simple and fast. I worked in Protel, trying KiCad, working in DraftSight (for laser cutting), SolidWorks and this one (TinyCad) is very nice, free and open. You should setup page/printer first, so program can take paper size from your printer driver. Then it will fit into page at 100%
Recommended for anyone that's looking for a simple program to draw schematics. It obviously doesn't have the features of an EPlan or Solidworks Electrical but that's not necessarily a bad thing.The high end programs are nice if you work with them full time but the learning curve for those is too steep if you only use them occasionally. There's a lot to be said for a simple, easy-to-use program that does one thing well, and this fits into that category. The included library is on the small side but creating library components is simple and quick so that's not a major problem. The only feature that I really miss is the ability to automatically link relays across multiple pages; with the coil on one page and the contacts on another. Still, it's a very useful program that I can use to draw schematics in a fraction of the time compared to the more sophisticated offerings.
Seriously, what more could you ask for? Quick to install, easy to get a feel for, works great for those of us who aren't super users (might work great for super users too, I just know I'm not one). A+ thank you.