Make a Schematic

Introduction: Make a Schematic

This is a brief video tutorial on schematic capture in Diptrace.  If you're thinking of designing a circuit board, you might find it useful.

This is the first part of a multi-part series - this video runs about 6 minutes. Of course, let me know if you've got any questions!

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    Dear Gadget Gangster and/or AndyGadget ,

    I have made my schematic, then what do I do ahead? Can you help me please?
    And is it possible to copy the image to paint? cause i make my PCBs at home.
    please mail your replies to with the place where you found my plea...

    About the circuit:
    This Circuit is a phone charger. I found this Circuit on
    I have done the drawing using Paint application in Windows
    please help me with it...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I have been interested in printing circuit boards and sometimes just putting together a quick schematics that are not hand drawn. Look forward to up coming tutorials. My not knowing alot about these type of programs, are there advantages/ disadvantages using Diptrace over other programs?

    Gadget Gangster
    Gadget Gangster

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The two programs I've used most are Eagle and Diptrace;

    Pros; most popular, runs on windows, Mac, Linux
    Cons; Really crappy UI, freeware version is limited to 4"x3" boards

    Pros: excellent UI, easy file export, less handicapped freeware
    Cons; less popular, windows only

    If you already know eagle or you don't have a windows machine, the choice is easy.  Otherwise, I think Diptrace is better - much easier to use and just as powerful.  But both are freeware, you can download each and try them out for yourself.

    Chip Zempel
    Chip Zempel

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for this tutorial! Let me just add that Diptrace is now available for Mac. It runs under the Wine/X11 emulator, so it's a bit slow and clunky, but it works!