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Old Feb 11, 2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Best software to draw schematics?

I have an idea for a business and am working on drawing out the schematics of it before going further. Is there a good program to do it? C4D, photoshop, illustrator?
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Old Feb 11, 2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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Pencil and paper.

Only after then think about doing it digitally - I'd personally recommend OmniGraffle, as it's fairly powerful but easy to use and should do the diagrams you want.
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As the above poster said, I would start with pencil and paper. Then I would probably move to some sort of CAD software. Although you could possibly do it in PS or AI, CAD is going to be the best to work in. It will be in 3D and give you the best options for output when you need to print drafts or make a mock-up with a 3D printer. I believe things like that need to be made using vector programs, so you might as well forget PS.
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Omnigaffle - snaps, distributes etc...., flowcharts are great.
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As the above poster said, I would start with pencil and paper. Then I would probably move to some sort of CAD software. Although you could possibly do it in PS or AI, CAD is going to be the best to work in. It will be in 3D and give you the best options for output when you need to print drafts or make a mock-up with a 3D printer. I believe things like that need to be made using vector programs, so you might as well forget PS.
I think all he wants is to create a business plan if you will, so I don't think 3D is required.

I imagine Squilly was envisaging something like what I attached.
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I think all he wants is to create a business plan if you will, so I don't think 3D is required.

I imagine Squilly was envisaging something like what I attached.
No, not a business plan. Schematics for the product. Like this: http://www.frankdoor.com/products/images/e_swing_bp.jpg
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No, not a business plan. Schematics for the product. Like this: http://www.frankdoor.com/products/images/e_swing_bp.jpg
Ok - if I were you then, I'd probably build a simple 3D model in SketchUp and work from there. Seems the simplest solution IMO - free and fairly easy to use.
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For schematics, floorplans etc I've always used Illustrator or MacDraft both get the job done quickly.
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