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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    5 Discussions

    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...


    9 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?

    3 replies

    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.

    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!