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Billy T
12-03-2004, 05:17 PM
Hi Team

I need to do some basic electrical & electronic draughting and need a source for symbols for lamps, motors, resistors, relays and all that kind of stuff.

It doesn't warrant investment in CAD, I just want to drop images into Publisher or plug them together in Paint etc. I searched in Google but found only expensive downloads or warez cracks for expensive downloads and I don't want to go there!

Any ideas?

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :)

ugh1
12-03-2004, 05:24 PM
Try Eagle PCB package.

It has a schematic componet that will allow you to draw diagrams.

Best of all you can output as a jpeg.

andy
12-03-2004, 06:19 PM
Hi Billy,
try http://www.cadsym.com/elec_617.htm
or if this doesn't suit, search google for "IEC 617", which is the IEC standard for electrical drawing symbols.

andy
12-03-2004, 06:33 PM
Whoops, sorry - that wasn't what I thought it was - not what you're after. If you can wait till tomorrow I'll try to post a set of symbols on a download site for you (I've never done this before so it might take me a wee while to figger it out).
I'll post again when I've done it.
andy

Billy T
12-03-2004, 06:40 PM
Thanks.

I've searched for a couple of hours but all I have found is tiny 2k files that pixilate like mad when increased to usable size. I found a promising looking file but the suffix was hqx (Mac compression?) Winzip turned it into a sit file (stuffit?) but I got nowhere after that so I deep-sixed it.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

bmason
12-03-2004, 09:44 PM
Dia (http://www.lysator.liu.se/~alla/dia/) might be able to do what you want. I've mainly used it for UML & logic stuff, but it does come with a set of circuit symbols (http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/bamason/tmp/Diagram1.pdf).

You could either do the complete circuit in dia, or export each of the symbols to use in publisher (it supports both vector formats and PNG etc). From my experience doing UML, getting everything to line up will be very frustrating in publisher, esp. if you need to move something.

bk T
12-03-2004, 10:10 PM
MS Visio has a good collection of electrical and electronic symbols.

Jim B
13-03-2004, 08:10 AM
Winzip turned it into a sit file
> (stuffit?) but I got nowhere after that so I
> deep-sixed it.

If you really want these you can use Stuffit Expander
http://www.stuffit.com/win/expander/index.html

Billy T
13-03-2004, 09:52 AM
> MS Visio has a good collection of electrical and
> electronic symbols.

Hmm..... Thanks, never heard of MS Visio before.

Is it free, and if so, where do I get it?

The need does not justify any expenditure unfortunately as usage would be very low and no chance of cost recovery.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

godfather
13-03-2004, 09:59 AM
Visio starts at $499.

Its not free, as its part of the "Office" range of programs but not included with any versions of Office. Its an add-on.

I use it, and its probably the best in the field. It comes in several flavours, you probably need Visio Technical to get the full range of templates.

Not sure why Bkt recommended it, as you were clear that high cost was not warranted. Visio is high cost.

Billy T
13-03-2004, 10:10 AM
Thanks Godfather, I'll scratch that idea. I guess Bkt was just being helpful, either that or he has confused me with somebody who has money.:(

I have kids instead. :_|

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

andy
13-03-2004, 11:37 AM
I've got a fairly basic set of symbols that came with autosketch that I have converted to metafiles and put into a word document. You are welcome to those if I can get the doc to you. It is easy enough to create your own in word using MS draw, the drawing package that comes with word, and probably publisher. Personally, I find it a real bugger of a thing to use, but it is "free" and once you've created the picture you can copy it to a real grahics program to save as a drawing file.

-=JM=-
13-03-2004, 11:41 AM
There is a trial of Smart Draw http://www.smartdraw.com/ that might be able to do what you're wanting. Not sure if it comes with the required symbols in the trial or not though.

Greg S
13-03-2004, 11:42 AM
A Google image search (http://images.google.co.nz/images?q=electrical+symbols&btnG=Google+Search&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=off&output=search) brought up a stack of images

-=JM=-
13-03-2004, 11:44 AM
Also of course there are evaluation copies of MS Visio software available as well.

http://www.microsoft.com/nz/evaluate/default.aspx

zqwerty
13-03-2004, 02:54 PM
Just d/loaded SmartDraw and tried it, very nice and it has the electrical symbols, 17Meg d/l though. Thanks for the info.

Greg S
13-03-2004, 03:16 PM
> Visio starts at $499.
>
> Its not free, as its part of the "Office" range of
> programs but not included with any versions of
> Office. Its an add-on.

I've actually got it as part of my Office 2003 Pro suite ?:|

godfather
13-03-2004, 04:12 PM
> I've actually got it as part of my Office 2003 Pro
> suite ?:|

Well done! ... In my Office 2002 Pro only a demo was included ...

Greg S
13-03-2004, 04:14 PM
I didn't even know I had it... your comment just made me look further. What a cool programme it is too. So thanks!

Billy T
13-03-2004, 05:16 PM
> A Google
> image search (http://images.google.co.nz/images?q=electrical+sy
> bols&btnG=Google+Search&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sa
> e=off&output=search) brought up a
> stack of images


AAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHh..............X-(

Why didn't I think of that??? What makes it worse is that on Friday night I spent an hour helping one of my kids do homework research using nothing but Google images. Talk about brain-fade :_|

Thanks all, this is only an occasional need for me, so I'll work through the suggestions and see which will suit best. Personally I find drawing them myself to be slow and not very satisfying process.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

bk T
13-03-2004, 11:00 PM
>
> ... Not sure why Bkt recommended it, as you were clear
> that high cost was not warranted.

Sorry, not aware of its cost as I used it before in the tech. Otherwise, it is a good tool.

Laura
13-03-2004, 11:21 PM
Hmmm...

Synectics: ...." creative and LATERAL thinking...." etc

5 out of 10 eh?

(Couldn't resist, sorry)

Billy T
14-03-2004, 05:48 PM
:_|

shadowhunter
22-10-2008, 10:37 PM
Hello all,

I have searched a long time for free Visio and AutoCAD electrical symbols also but could not find them... So I made all symbols myself and made them available for free on my website.

I hope you can use them... it worked great for me :thumbs:

You can download them in three different languages :clap:

- English
- French RGIE
- Dutch AREI

www.shadowhunter.co.uk/arei-visio.html

Good luck with your project.

ShAdOwHuntEr

roddy_boy
22-10-2008, 10:46 PM
Hello all,

I have searched a long time for free Visio and AutoCAD electrical symbols also but could not find them... So I made all symbols myself and made them available for free on my website.

I hope you can use them... it worked great for me :thumbs:

You can download them in three different languages :clap:

- English
- French RGIE
- Dutch AREI

www.shadowhunter.co.uk/arei-visio.html

Good luck with your project.

ShAdOwHuntEr

I was going to report you for spam but then I realized that it isn't really. So I quoted you instead.

shadowhunter
23-10-2008, 02:53 AM
Hello Roddy_boy,

Thanks for checking out my efforts :thumbs:

(reading my post again I realize it indeed does look a bit like spam)

Being a moderator myself I know spam is a nightmare nowadays.

I'm glad to learn this board has good members who are genuine intrested in the posted topics.

Have an excellent day,

With best regards,

ShAdOwHuNtEr

gary67
23-10-2008, 06:51 AM
It would probably have been been better to start a new thread instead of dragging up such an old one from 4 years ago