Using the App
Some of the gestures may take a little practice but have a play and you will soon get the hang of it.
To begin a drawing.
1. Choose the orientation of the page you wish to draw on. Portrait or Landscape
Zooming and Panning.
This is achieved in the normal iPad way- 2 fingers on the screen pinching in and out for zooming- 2 fingers moving together for panning.
Zoom Lock. There is a zoom on/off switch at the bottom of the page as requested by some users to lock the zoom. This overcomes the problem of accidently zooming when you move the drawing around.
Symbols Lock We have added a symbols lock also as requested. This locks all the symbols in position with the exception of the last symbol added. Use this to avoid disrupting other symbols while you are editing.
Selecting a symbol
There are several different symbol types included in both the Lite and Pro versions of CircuitWiz.
ANSI which are the North American standards and
IEC which are based on the European standards and are also used in Australasia.
AS which are Architectural Symbols
There are two ways to select symbols.
In both cases you tap on the symbol to insert it at the top left of the active screen.
1. You can flick through the gallery at the bottom of the page.
2. You can use the search function (tap on the looking glass) to show specific symbols in a list. e.g. all the switches or all the IEC symbols. To show all the architectural symbols for example search for AS as all these symbols have AS at the end of the title.
Editing a symbol
Once you have selected a symbol by tapping on it, you can move it into position by dragging with your finger.
The symbol will "snap" to the grid lines to make alignment a simple process.
Double tapping on a symbol allows you to add text above it at the cursor or delete it using the red x.
Once you are finished editing, double tap it again to exit edit mode.
In the Shapes menu there is a Group button. When you click on this you can tap on several symbols, conductors, text etc in the drawing and a they will have a greyed background to show they are selected. By using your finger outside of the greyed area you can move all the selected symbols as a group.
Optional Copy and Paste feature
To use the copy and paste, first select the components you want to copy by selecting the Group tool in the Shapes menu.
Tap on the components that you want to copy then click on copy paste. The group you selected will then be copied and pasted to another area. By using your finger outside the greyed area you can position the pasted objects into the position required. A great time saver on those schematics that have repetative sections.
Symbols can also be rotated by touching with two fingers held together together and twisting.
This is best done with the symbol size increased by zooming. It may take a little practice.
Text can be added anywhere on the drawing. Tap on the Shapes tool and then tap on the T .
A cursor will appear on the drawing . Add your text and drag it to where you need it.
Double tapping on the text will allow you to edit or delete the text.
Hint. If you find it difficult to delete a symbol then zoom in to make the x easier to target.
Conductors / Connectors
There are 2 ways to link the symbols and draw other lines.
1. The symbols gallery contains various length's of solid connector lines that can be edited in the same way as other symbols.
2. You can use the line tool to draw any of the styles shown. tap to select the type and draw by dragging on the screen.
Pinching in and out will alter the line length.
Click on the save button to name and save. Use the Load Design button to reload and edit the saved drawing.
Hint- Save several versions of a drawing as you progress. This allows you to return to a previous stage if you need or make a major mistake.
CircuitWiz drawings produce a very professional quality drawing when printed.
You can export the drawing either with or without the grid. - use the Show Hide Grid button
The completed drawing can be exported via email as a pdf document.
Click on Export and fill in the recipient etc. then email and print from PC or Mac.
To print from the iPad you can email it to yourself and print from the iPad using a compatible wireless printer.