TinyCAD schematic capture
TinyCAD is an open source schematic capture program that can be used to draw your own circuit diagrams.
Tiny CAD has an user friendly interface and is very easy to use . In TinyCAD you can lay out circuit diagrams using the supplied libraries or you can easily create your own symbols ( if you don’t find symbols you need ) . Also you can find many other libraries on the internet .
Once the circuit diagram has been drawn you can you can use some other functions of the Tinycad program for check your design, add symbol references , create parts list , etc.
One of the other features of the TinyCAD software is exporting net lists for PCB layout program .
Once the circuit design is finished you can copy and paste it into other programs like Word , or you can print it . If your design is to bit to print to a single page , it can be scaled to fit on a single page , or printed across multiple pages .
To design a circuit in the TinyCAD program is very simple , you need just to follow few simple steps :
1. Click on File menu then New
2. Select all of the libraries that you need for your project .
3. Place all components required
4. Wire all components
5. Check your design
6. Save the design
7. Export nets list or parts list ( if needed )
In the TinyCAD software , also you have possibility to set design details ( Title , Author , Organisation , Revision , Document , Number of sheets ) , import picture , export your design as an image file and more .
The TinyCAD capture software can be downloaded for free from the sourceforge.net webpage , if you want to download it click on this link .
Main parts of the TinyCAD capture software are presented in the picture below .
Main features of the TiniCAD capture software are :
Electronic components : Symbols (extracted from symbol libraries) ,Wires , Junctions (with automatic placement), Labels, Power , No-connects .
Editing tools : Normal Windows editing ,Use Ctrl to select more than one item , Automatic dragging of wires with symbols ,Use block tools to flip and rotate ares of the schematic .
Libraries : Built-in library editor ,Thumbnail preview & printing , Symbol-picker by the side of your drawing with search & preview .
Share your work : Save as a PNG or EMF file. Copy & Paste in to Word .
PCB integration : Output in PADS, Protel & Eagle SCR File format TinyCAD open XML format for drawings and Microsoft Access mdb for libraries SPICE integration , Full SPICE template engine (but no libraries).
Electrical tools : Check for wiring errors , Create bill of materials (parts list) , Automatic creation of symbol references and a "reference painter" tool.
Multi-sheet schematics : Use the "sheets" at the base of the drawing to have more than one page per schematic , Connect across schematics using labels and power symbols
Insert bitmaps :Insert bitmaps from JPEG, PNG, BMP or EMF file formats
Printing: Print to normal Windows' supported Printer , Print preview , Print across multiple sheets for large schematics , Print in colour or B&W .
To understand how easy is to design a circuit using this capture software we prepared a small video tutorial that will show you main steps to draw a circuit in this capture software .