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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2015, 11:18:26 PM »
You could also use Word if you have it, I find it very flexible and often use it for quick sketch ups  ;)

cheers John.
In fact I think that Word and PowerPoint use the same drawing tools. :beers:

You can do it in word, but it's 10x harder than powerpoint IMO (see my post in tutorials about powerpoint if you have MS office installed).  I just discovered the other day a set of tools *if you're an anyrail user* that seems to have block symbols for track diagrams under "track" > "symbols".  Never seen it before so not sure if it was there before updates but may be of some use.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 11:51:29 PM »
Another vote for PowerPoint.

I am happy to help if you would like (and have .ppt) if you have a sketch of the panel I could knock one up for you.

Cheers  Jon  :)






Really nice panels @PostModN66 - can you tell me what is the control panel surface - it looks like you have printed onto plastic there? (Sorry this is an old thread but it caught my eye!). And if it is indeed plastic how did you get that printed?

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2019, 06:42:38 AM »
....just printed onto paper then laminated using a basic laminating machine from Staples (as was).  I use one for my work so I tend to use it for other modelling and domestic jobs!

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2019, 09:40:18 AM »
Hi

When I did mine I just used Any Rail to print the design to the correct size, then exported it as a jpeg, then in Photoshop (other painting type software avalable) filled in all the rails with black using the paint bucket option, then just laminated it, stuck it to thin plywood, then used a hole punch to knock out the holes for switches and LED's

That was then mounted in a deep picture frame and hung on the wall above my layout.

It looks good and works well.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2019, 12:21:13 PM »
As we're now resurrecting a 4 year old thread... I'll agree on PowerPoint - better than Word/Paint etc because you can free align things, but also distribute and group items more easily - so you can ensure your lines are all equally spaced.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2019, 12:34:57 PM »
@PostModN66  - thanks Jon - looks like I need a laminater then. I broke mine last year but perhaps I just buy a new one if I go A4 or get "Staples" to do it A3 for me (they used to offer this service, there is one near me I can check).

@Paul-H  - thanks, I had a similar idea about using a picture frame as these are cheap, and use the wooden backing in the frame itself.

@njee20  - I agree Powerpoint is easy to use, especially the "Connector" function to join lines, but I think SCARM or Anyrail might be helpful as they have the standard shapes in there, perhaps I import an image from them and then touch up in Powerpoint.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2019, 02:19:39 PM »
I use any rail. You can scale down your track plan to suit the size of the control panel or even smaller if it is to be used with the switches placed in a row. Check out my photos of the control panel in my album barts end
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Check out the symbols track library, produces stylised track plan ideal for a control panel.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2019, 09:48:38 PM »
@DarrwestLU6 Better hurry to what used to be Staples, now something called Office outlet I think. A lot of the outlets are closing down for good, the one in Bolton near me is.
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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2019, 08:45:50 AM »
DCC Concepts have a useful free download for use in Word and Excel.  I did mine in excel.  They also have a very useful video on You Tube about building a panel.  It is designed for their products (which I used) but would work well without.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2019, 08:47:00 AM »
DCC Concepts have a useful free download for use in Word and Excel.  I did mine in excel.  They also have a very useful video on You Tube about building a panel.  It is designed for their products (which I used) but would work well without.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2019, 07:46:24 PM »
Have you tried a pencil followed by marker pen, then scan the result?

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #26 on: April 20, 2019, 09:18:29 AM »
We used AnyRail on Northallerton.
We didnt just use the track plan we used to build it with though. We drew out a separate schematic using O gauge tools as this gave us much tighter points and thicker lines than we would otherwise have had, which was what was needed for the schematic.
This was exported as a jpeg into a dtp - I used Textease but Publisher would do, drew in the signal mimic lights and the switch positions, and labels and border. Exported the whole lot out as a jpeg and had it professionally printed onto outdoor waterproof paper (this was because some idiot is bound to spill coffee on it!)



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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #27 on: April 20, 2019, 09:50:04 AM »
I am trying to draw a schematic for a n gauge control panel. 

If its a wiring schematic you need to design then Tinycad is a really good simple and free software to use. This is the download page Here

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2019, 03:39:48 PM »
I am trying to draw a schematic for a n gauge control panel. 

If its a wiring schematic you need to design then Tinycad is a really good simple and free software to use. This is the download page Here

Love Tinycad :), very easy to use. You can create your own libraries of components.

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Re: Simple software to draw a scemematic for control panel
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2019, 11:41:29 PM »
There's a very interesting DCC thingummyjig knocking about on the interweb called Big Bear Rail Controller that has a very useful design section included in the trial (free) version:
( http://www.bigbearrail.com/mstmd/bigbeardcc_trial.aspx
I've used this a few times to create mimic panels for several layouts.
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I did these with a simple schematic created using Big Bear then pimped up a bit using Photoshop (other programs are available, I just prefer Photoshop) and saved as jpg files. They can be printed out onto whatever medium you like (I use decal paper onto a plain white plastic sheet - it's actually an old bath panel - cheap ;) ) as many times as you like/need.
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