In the virtual world, an electronic component is represented by a symbol. These symbols are used to represent graphically the diagram circuit in 2D or 3D designs. A diagram is used to show how connect the electronic components while using simulation can be determined the design defects and deficiencies.
While all electronic components are represented by symbols, the wires are represented as straight lines.
In this article, I make a list with tools used for drawing circuit diagrams available both online or as computer software.
Online tools for drawing circuit diagram
Using online tools to draw circuit diagrams allow you to produce easy and professional schematic diagrams at a click away. In this section of the article I made a list with free online based tools for drawing circuit diagrams.
With a comprehensive list of electronic symbols and components, SchemeIt is one of the most completed, simple and useful online schematic and diagramming tool. The tool offers support for drawing export as an image or just to share the work with other users. A complete electronic symbol library makes the work easier for everyone. SchemeIt is compatible with almost all web browsers and is free for use.
Besides the build circuits, CircuitLab has integrated a simulator designed to be used by anyone to test the work just using a browser. It has a user friendly interface and offers an accurate analysis for DC or AC electronic components. CircuitLab uses the drag-and-drop gesture and the elements can be connected with fewer clicks.
It can be used in education or by hobbyists to learn the electronics concepts, or used by practicing engineers to explore the design in the same way as traditional tools.
Webtronics is a simple free online tool for electronic circuit schematic diagrams. It has support for export the schematic image and also to import schematic images and edited it.
Download software to drawing electrical circuits
In this section I make a list with free and applicable license fee software used to design circuits and diagrams.
SmartDraw is a free software designed to create diagrams for electronic circuits and much more. It has a simple and friendly interface based on drag-and-drop gestures. The tool uses simple commands for shapes while the program automatically adjust the position with the appropriate connections.
Based on standard and custom symbol libraries, TinyCAD is an open source tool for drawing circuit diagrams.
Dia is a program to draw structured diagrams.
- PSPICE 9.1
PSPICE is now available in student version and is used for drawing and simulation analog and digital circuits.
KiCad is a free EDA software for professional schematics and printed circuit boards.
- D&C Scheme Editor
D&C Scheme Editor is a free tool designed to be used for drawing with standards pneumatic circuit diagrams. The software has a comprehensive library with pneumatic symbol library and has a friendly interface.
FreePCB is an open-source and free diagram tool designed for Windows OS with support for import and export files.
- Circuit Diagram
Circuit Diagram is an open-source and free software used to design electronic circuit diagrams. The tool has support for exported images.
gEDA is a free drawing tool for a wide range of electronic fields including electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.
- Solve Elec
Solve Elec is a free tool used for drawing and analyse electrical circuits for alternative and direct current. The software offers the possibility to integrate documentation in the project.
- EAGLE PCB
EAGLE PCB is a software dedicated to experts with the aim to offer a complete designing tool. It has incorporated not just one module, it has incorporated three modules embedded in one interface.
EDWinXP is not just a tool, is a complete software package used to design electronic products. From an idea to the final product are many stages and all of these stages are covered by the tool. The tool has support for 3D designs.
- Linear Technology
Linear provides a wide range of tools used for modeling and simulate electronic circuits.
- NI Multisim
NI Multisim is a complete tool for drawing circuits used designed especially for use in education.
PCB123 software offers a complete range of tools for design and print circuits.
- PowerVue Circuit Analyzer
PowerVue tool is dedicated to electrical engineers to be used in small and medium projects. Its features include calculating voltage drops and branch currents and also display voltage and current vectors.
DipTrace is a complete tool and at the same time easy to use for drawing schemes. The library is a huge box with over 100,000 parts used to design 3D models. The tool offers support for a large number of output formats to fit with different manufacturers.
5Spice offers the ability to integrate the drawing circuits with simulation results and offer support for an unlimited number of analyses.
Tina is a powerful design suite with circuit simulation and for PCB design.
- AmpereSoft ProPlan
AmpereSoft ProPlan is a complete tool for drawing circuit diagrams, assembly plans, terminal tables and part lists.