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    Wiring diagram software

    So what does everyone use for schematics? I'm use to auto cad but don't want to buy it for my side business. Free is good but sub $200 is ok too. I want something that can do the electrical components well. No need for electronic schematics but I could use that if there's a good one out there.
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    I've been using Adobe Illustrator - not free, but already on hand for work.
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    Visio. Very nice, simple and easy.
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    +1 on Thrillustrator.

    I also used Rhinoceros, and can export back and forth between that and illustrator. Rhino is more like autocad.

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    For the time being, Rhino is free for Mac users while it's in the development stage. I've been using it a little bit lately, but since I do heavy CAD work all day with AutoCAD, Mechanical and Inventor, I don't feel like messing with it too much on my own time.

    As far as I know, Rhino is $750-$1000

    TurboCAD LTE is $150 - never used it so I can't comment, but just about anything out there has to be somewhat more intuitive to learn than AutoCAD

    BobCAD looks to have some nice features but it's still $700 for their entry level.
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    I thought there was a free version of Rhino.

    I bought Alibre Design (3D) when they were selling it for $99. Not sure what offers they have going now, nor do I know what the 2D drawing side is like, but it might be worth a look.

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    I've been using Illustrator, but only because I have it and know it pretty well. For circuit schematics it's actually a little clunky.

    Check out Dia. It's free, has lots of built in symbols including electrical components. In some ways nicer than Illustrator for circuit drawings.
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    A mac only program that i found to work great is OmniGraffle. Similar to visio, but renders stuff better (IMHO).
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    Oh yeah, there's also Inkscape. It's an open source Illustrator type drawing program.
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    I've looked at Visio some, and a program called Smart Draw, both are good solutions.... might try out smartdraw. It opens visio files as well as a bunch of other graphics.

    Thanks guys.
    Travis

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