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    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default Looking for electrical schematic software....

    Hello. I'm considering rewiring my house from single family to two separate
    meters. I'm looking for software that will build wiring schematics using
    standard North American type layouts and symbols. Does anyone know of such
    a program? I'd prefer open source, but will look at just about anything
    that's designed for residential use. Commercially available programs are
    just far too expensive to even consider at $ hundreds of dollars.

    Thanks, Bob
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    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:01:01 GMT
    Robert Smits <bob@rsmits.ca> wrote:

    > Hello. I'm considering rewiring my house from single family to two
    > separate meters. I'm looking for software that will build wiring
    > schematics using standard North American type layouts and symbols.
    > Does anyone know of such a program? I'd prefer open source, but will
    > look at just about anything that's designed for residential use.
    > Commercially available programs are just far too expensive to even
    > consider at $ hundreds of dollars.
    >
    > Thanks, Bob

    Hi
    I would look at xfig (It's on the DVD), someone out there has probably
    produced some libraries for electrical wiring. There are some
    electrical ones with the application.
    http://www.xfig.org/

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    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    Good question. There is an application called Electric (although I haven't tried it myself). Have a look here.

    This link too.

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    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    Sorry, disregard last post. Didn't read OP properly. Might be of use to an electronics engineer though.

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    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    you have two simple alternatives for linux,or better i found only these windows alternative at the moment:

    eagle CadSoft Online: EAGLE Layout Editor

    or

    there's an autocad based application with electrical wiring(you have a library with all electrical symbols and new electrical functions),i don't remember its name now,i saw it during a visit in a ecu software factory.

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    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    m1192ds wrote:

    >
    > you have two simple alternatives for linux,or better i found only these
    > windows alternative at the moment:
    >
    > eagle 'CadSoft Online: EAGLE Layout Editor'
    > (http://www.cadsoft.de)
    >
    > or
    >
    > there's an autocad based application with electrical wiring(you have a
    > library with all electrical symbols and new electrical functions),i
    > don't remember its name now,i saw it during a visit in a ecu software
    > factory.
    >
    >

    Thanks. I've had a look at Cadsoft and it appears well designed but for
    electronic circuit boards (and very expensive). I'll look for the other
    application.
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    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    Malcolm wrote:


    > Hi
    > I would look at xfig (It's on the DVD), someone out there has probably
    > produced some libraries for electrical wiring. There are some
    > electrical ones with the application.
    > http://www.xfig.org/
    >


    Thanks, Malcolm. It looks like it may be exactly what I was looking for.
    I'll look for more libraries.

    Bob
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    Robert Smits NNTP User

    Default Re: Looking for electrical schematic software....

    deano ferrari wrote:

    >
    > Good question. There is an application called Electric (although I
    > haven't tried it myself). Have a look 'here.'
    > (http://www.icewalkers.com/Linux/Soft.../electric.html)
    >
    > This 'link' (http://www.staticfreesoft.com/) too.
    >
    >

    Thanks, Deano, but this refers to Electronic Cicuit design, not home
    wiring. Thanks for responding, though.

    Bob.
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