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
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.
Hi - Excellent CAD system , just does the job quickly. been using it for years. Note for new users - find the Tinycad group on Yahoo for libraries that users have shared etc Also for some reason the SF link to 'download the latest version' points to the v2.6 zip file This is incorrect - the latest is v2.8 or above - its much better - see the files tab on SF Another good thing - the .DSN files that are output by TinyCad are XML structured Ascii text so you can usefully do copy and paste/replace using notepad or Notepad++ , just be careful not to break the structure - work on a copy! The libraries are stored in SQLite so are not easy to edit, until you edit the library and export all symbols to XML
In spite of its faults, TinyCAD is one of the better schematic capture tools I've used. Faults include a rather clumsy user interface, and schematic symbols (especially analog/discrete parts) that often look like a 2-year-old drew them (but TinyCAD is no worse than most other tools in this regard). The latter is especially problematic when trying to draw professional level schematics to hand off to a customer. I solved by creating my own set of symbols. Another problem is the title block and optional border, extend right to the very edge of the page.... come on guys; you KNOW that printers don't print to the very edge of a page! This can be solved by first outputting to a PDF file using Acrobat's "fit page" option, then printing the PDF. Having said all that, I have to say that TinyCAD is very serviceable and a pretty useful tool, and what is especially amazing is its small size.... the entire installation is only about 10MB !
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!