Sunday, January 8, 2012

DigiKey's new "Scheme-it" on line schematic capture tool.

Anyone tried this new Scheme-it thing on DigiKey?:

"Scheme-it is an online schematic and diagramming tool that allows anyone to design and share electronic circuit diagrams. The tool includes a comprehensive electronic symbol library and an integrated Digi-Key component catalog that allows for a wide range of circuit designs. Additionally, a built-in bill of materials manager is provided to keep track of parts used in a design. Once a schematic drawing is complete, users can export it to an image file or share it via email with others. Scheme-it works natively in all major web browsers without requiring the use of any plugins. Only users registered at are able to share and save designs."

What would make it awesome would be the ability to export a netlist that could be used for PCB layout, and symbols that have a friendly license, to use in other CAD packages.


  1. I think this section from the license agreement will be a sticking point for most people:

    9. Rights of Digi-Key to Delete End User Content. Digi-Key has no obligation to monitor, review, screen, or edit End User Content; however, without limiting any other rights or remedies of Digi-Key, Digi-Key may remove from the Application, delete, and/or destroy any End User Content that either violates the terms of this Agreement or that Digi-Key, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate.

    I think most people would want a better guarantee that their design would remain available to them.

  2. It's free! It's an introduction to CAD concepts. And it could be a good way to collaborate, if it supported import and export of files.

    I could see hobbyists like Ham Radio Clubs finding it useful, but I don't think prof. designers would.

    Darryl N2DIY