Disruptive Diagramming

Strong opinions on diagramming, engineering and CAD.

September 25, 2020

AutoCAD vs Electra User Experience

A System Integrator solution provider in New Zealand wants to stay lean by keeping their ongoing cost low. Electra perpetual license was the best solution for him. " Initially, I started with __AutoCAD Electrical (AE)__ for a couple of reaso...

Thomas Yip

Founder at vecta.io, created Electra, engineering nerd.

September 25, 2020

3 Tips to customize Electra for faster electrical circuit design

Did you know that your Electrical Schematic Software is infinitely and easily customizable? Listed below are three tips that we hope will get you started right away: ## 1. Customizing your own New Drawing template. If you have worked with...

September 25, 2020

10 Visio tips for the Electra E8 user

We have been Visio users for a long time and it's easy to forget that despite being easy to use, new Visio users may need to spend some time in Visio to familiarize themselves with this environment, so here are 10 tips that will hopefully speed...

September 25, 2020

How to import and export AutoCAD drawings from Microsoft Visio for Electra E8

If you have some AutoCAD drawings, be it in DWG or DXF, and wanted to use them in Electra, the good news is, they can be easily imported and exported into Visio, and once imported, can be easily made into schematic symbols or a layout symbols. ...

September 25, 2020

Crash issues in Visio when using Electra [SOLVED]

Update: 2020-09-25 11:04:47 We have tested and verified that the crashes are due to specific Visio version - Visio 2016 Pro Version 1907 (Build 11901.20218). If you are not using Visio 2016 Pro and you are still experiencing this issue, plea...

September 25, 2020

Compile error in hidden module

Sometime after you have updated Microsoft Visio, you might see an error message "Compile Error in Hidden Module" when you open Electra. To fix the error, please follow the instructions listed below: 1. Close Visio and Electra. 2. Look fo...

September 25, 2020

Why you should not group symbols unless you're making one on Electra E8

In Visio, shapes that is in your stencils are called Masters, and when you drop a single master onto your drawing, say a contactor from the JIC stencil, Visio will insert the master onto your drawing and also make a duplicate of the master to b...

September 04, 2020 · What's New · Circuit reuse

Smart circuit reuse improves productivity by 150%

Since launching Electra Cloud in January, we have been working hard to bring even more innovation and productivity to you, our users. Now that we have our own browser based platform, these improvement can be made faster and easier.

July 22, 2020

How to use modular switchboard panels in Electra

If you are using or making modular switchboards, Electra will allow you to easily size and generate a Bill of Materials for costing and ordering, without drawing a single circuit. Basically, the process goes as follows: ## Creating symbols...

July 22, 2020

How to share databases and symbols for Electra E9

While Electra automate your electrical CAD drawings and increase your productivity, the ability to share your work with fellow colleagues is even more powerful. For example, if a colleague has created a symbol, you can simply use it instead of ...

July 22, 2020

Optimal Visio settings for Electra

Over here at Radica Software, we have setup our systems to work great with Electra. In this blog post, we would like to share with you these settings, so that you may get an optimal performance out of Electra. ## Macro and Security Settings....

July 22, 2020

Greatly improved terminal generation

With some algorithm changes, terminal generation is much improved, which results in faster generation of terminals and also wire detection. ## 1. Automatic Terminal Block Numbering Terminal blocks now have automatic numbering and their nu...

July 22, 2020

Adding multiple components to symbol

There are times when one symbol consists of multiple parts or components. For example, a Pilot Light symbol which comprises 3 components, namely the Lamp, the Lamp Holder and the Diffuser, each with different brand and pricing etc. How do you...

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