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I am looking for a circuit design software for beginners, ideally even kids.

Requirements:

  • runs on Windows 10 (1903 and later is ok)
  • works offline. For my uses, people do not have Internet connection at all. I can download it once (on a different PC) and install it on the PCs via USB Stick, but once that is done, there's no Internet any more
  • is gratis (or at least less than 5 € one time cost)
  • can design electronical circuits (low voltage)
  • comes with the "usual" symbols for resistors, capacitors etc. I don't want to draw them by myself, e.g. with Inkscape, as suggested by other answers here on SR.SE. I have done it with Inkscape and I don't want to do it any more.
  • has the IEC version of the symbols
  • can save files and open again (can be proprietary)

Optional, but highly demanded:

  • export as graphics (either bitmap or vector). The export should be high quality printable, not just a 1 px black line which gets lots when printing.

Optional:

  • export as vector graphics (SVG)

Non-requirements:

  • can design electrical circuits (high voltage / mains)
  • real world component selection
  • PCB layout
  • Circuit simulation
  • US version of electronical symbols
  • save or export into standard electronics exchange formats

Note that the software may have the non-requirements, but having them should not make the UI complex.

I see that EE.SE uses an online editor from CircuitLab. Regarding usability and features, this looks close to what I want, but it is online only.

I have tried:

  • Fritzing, but it does not have IEC symbols. It's possible to patch these, but that needs to be repeated after each update, which is not suitable for children.
  • www.diagrams.net/blog/diagrams-offline might have what you need – user69056 Aug 28 at 9:53
  • Thanks for your answer. High quality answers explain how the requirements are fulfilled and don't just provide a link. – Thomas Weller Aug 28 at 10:29
  • After a while I found the electronical symbols. Sorry I don't like it for several reasons: a) each symbol can be scaled individually, which makes the circuit look ugly. b) the SPST switch does not align with the grid. c) it's not possible to select US or IEC, but we have all symbols available (even UK) all time, which is error-prone. d) it's possible to mix electronics with BPMD or UML e) Labels for the electronical symbols have to be placed manually and they don't move with the component. – Thomas Weller Aug 28 at 10:33
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You can try Tinkercad
It has components from the most basics to programmable Arduino.
Even has some sample ready to use circuits, doesn't require any installation(works in browser), saves your circuits as you demanded, can export the circuit, has the standard symbols and yes it does have simulation(up to you if you want to use it or not).
Good luck.

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  • Sorry, where do I download it? – Thomas Weller Aug 28 at 10:35
  • Sir you don't need to download or install, as I mentioned It works in your web browser as it is an online platform. – Dude901 Aug 28 at 11:22
  • for your reference, here are some circuits (using Arduino though, but they are just for reference you can make without it also according to need): Basic blink arduino servo – Dude901 Aug 28 at 11:30
  • Ok, but I was explicity asking for an offline tool – Thomas Weller Aug 28 at 12:01
  • Sorry, I must've missed that one. though it works on minimal data requirements(in terms of consumption and speed). Then too, if you may please state the exact problem with the tool being online so that I can decide that if I should share the other tools/software that I use (as they too might require an internet connection at some point). – Dude901 Aug 28 at 12:08

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