Disruptive Diagramming

Strong opinions on diagramming, engineering and CAD.

October 27, 2020

Improving the UI for Electra options

Now that Electra finally has our own platform based on , we are constantly searching for ways to improve, especially on the UI so that our users have a much better experience. One of the updates we’ve done recently is improving Electra Options,...

Thomas Yip

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

October 14, 2020

How to generate wiring labels the easy way

Wiring labels are essential to keeping track of cables and wires during the production and installation of an electrical panel, therefore being able to easily generate labels is the very first step to a good and proper cable management. Typic...

October 12, 2020

Bringing electrical CAD to Onshape

When we first launched Electra Cloud back in January 2020, no one foresaw the pandemic that is about to hit in February, and in the middle of the pandemic, we were contacted to partner with Onshape. Naturally, we are excited to work with Onshape, and...

October 01, 2020

Electra's innovative symbol generator

Although we have included a in Electra, but if you want even simpler symbol creation, you can use the PLC module shape, which is essentially a symbol generator. How's that? Doesn't the PLC module generates a PLC module? Well, it does, and m...

October 01, 2020

10 Tips for the new Electra Cloud user

Here are 10 tips that will hopefully speed things up and get you productive quickly by using Electra Cloud. ## 1. How to pan and zoom easily. In Electra Cloud, there are 3 icons being displayed on the lower right corner of your window au...

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...

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.

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