I’ve just been introduced to Fritzing. I’m a longtime software engineer (30+ years) but am new to hardware design [CAD] programs, having always done things with pencil & paper. I’m a Mac and Unix guy, do not use Windows at all. Am a low-level embedded programmer, lots of OS-level experience, Assembly language, C programing, etc.
Fritzing doesn’t look hard to use - I have an “older” Macbook and plenty of familiarity with graphical programs like Gimp and GIS mapping software. I’ve tried building a simple circuit or two and I basically see how to use it.
I have encountered one basic problem, that I could use some help with.
- How does one know what to call parts? I tried to add a bridge rectifier. (That’s what I’ve always heard it called.) The Search function couldn’t find it under “rectifier”. I also tried searching for “bridge rectifier”, “diode rectifier”, “Graetz bridge”, and a couple of other variations. The problem is, I don’t know what specific term Fritzing uses for the part, so I don’t know what to search for. In general, how does one find a part when you don’t know what Fritzing calls it?
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