How to draw electrical wires

It is recommended to draw wires between the symbols only after you have placed all the symbols into your diagram.

Proceed as follows:

1. Select Insert - Wire or press the Wire button on the toolbar. You can also use the short-cut s key. icon: connection
2. The mouse pointer shape changes (soldering iron). icon: soldering iron
3. Move the pointer to the connection point, where you want to start the wire. Click when the connection points turns red. connecting wire
4. Click to make a diversion. Press the Backspace button to cancel the latest diversion. wire making diversion
5. Move the mouse pointer to the target connection point. Click when it turns red. connecting diverted wire
6. After the first wire is completed you can start drawing the next one. You can interrupt wire drawing any time by pressing the Esc key. connection finished

Drawing a wire between a symbol and another wire

1. The procedure is the same as when drawing a wire between two symbols but in this case you end the wire on the next wire (by clicking the left mouse button). A drop showing the interconnection of wires will be added automatically. connecting wire between a symbol and another wire
2. In case of crossed wires you can draw the drop showing the junction of wires using the Insert - junction menu command. You can also use the icon on the toolbar. crossed wires
crossed wires with a junction

Sloped connections

You can draw a sloped connection using the Insert - Sloped Connection command.

cursor: orthogonal connection cursor: sloped connection
orthogonal connectionsloped connection

To avoid confusion with a normal (orthogonal) connection, a different cursor is displayed while drawing the connection.

sloped connection

Curved connections

You can draw curved connections using a bezier curve (command Draw - Curve). Curved connections cannot be connected to other connections.

curved connections

How to enter the number of a curved connection: in the Properties panel or with the Edit - Renumber Connections function.

How to display the curved connection number in the drawing: Select the connection and click the Insert Connection Number link in the Properties panel. You can also display multiple connection numbers.

How to remove a curved connection number from the drawing: Select the connection number and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Drawing the wires starting or ending "in the air"

Start by pressing the right mouse button. Proceed in the normal way (draw diversions by clicking the left mouse button). End your wire "in the air" pressing the right mouse button.

wire ending in the air


striped wires

striped wires
the procedure:
  1. select a wire, if the Properties panel is not visible, double-click the wire
  2. if the Properties panel select a line type
  3. select the first color
  4. select the second color
  5. enable the second color
setting up a striped wire