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Fritzing is open source, free software. Please consider donating to Friends-of-Fritzing e.V. before downloading the app.
Fritzing is a non-profit organization devoted to making creative use of electronics accessible to everyone.

Fritzing is open source, free software. Fritzing is a non-profit organization devoted to making creative use of electronics accessible to everyone. It is easy to make PCB, breadboard pictures, schematics pictures and write the code and upload to Arduino

Version 0.9.3b was released on June 2, 2016.

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Fritzing Tips and Tricks

examples

Get a jump start by looking at the example circuits under File > Examples.

parts

Can't find your part? Search for it by clicking the magnifier icon in the Parts Bin and type in some keywords

If you can't find a part in the Parts Bin, the Generic IC is your friend. Drag it onto your sketch, then use the widgets in the Inspector to: choose from among 25 different through-hole and SMD packages; change the pin label; and--for DIPs and SIPs--change the number of pins. You can also change the pin names with the Pin Label editor

An icon in the parts bin may actually represent multiple related parts. So when you drag an icon from the parts bin into a sketch, make sure you look at the inspector. The inspector will display the range of choices available for you to modify a part, or swap it for a related part. The parts bin icon will also be a little 'stack' and not just a flat icon.

The Inspector Window--which lets you change the properties of parts--is only enabled for parts that are in a sketch (not for parts still in a Parts Bin).

moving and selection

To constrain the motion of a part to horizontal or vertical, hold down the shift key as you drag it.

If you're having trouble selecting a part or a wire (segment), try selecting the part that's in the way and send it to the back: use the Raise and Lower functions on the Part menu or the context menu (right-click menu).

To more precisely move a selection of parts, use the arrow keys. Shift-arrow moves by 10 units.

Click on the mouse position indicator in the status bar (at the bottom) to toggle the units from in to mm to px.

curves and bendable legs

In Breadboard view, to drag a part with bendable legs while keeping it connected to the breadboard, hold the Alt (Linux: Meta) key down when you start dragging.

In Breadboard view, to drag out a wire from the end of a bendable leg, drag with the Alt (Linux: Meta) key down.

In Breadboard or PCB view, to add a curve to a wire or bendable leg, drag with the Control (Mac: Command) key down. You can set whether curvy wires are the default in Preferences.

rotation

To free-rotate a part in Breadboard or PCB view, select it, then hover your mouse near one of the corners until you see the rotate cursor. Mouse down and that corner will follow your mouse as you drag.

To free-rotate a logo text or image item in PCB view hold down the Alt (Linux: meta) key and free-rotate as usual.

layers and views

To drag the canvas, hold down the space bar and drag with the mouse.

To toggle the visibility of layer in a view, go to the view menu and choose one of the view layer items. Or open up the Layers palette from the Window menu.

When you export images from Fritzing, you can choose which layers are exported. Before you choose 'Export...', go into the 'View' menu and hide the layers you don't want to be visible.

part labels

To edit a part label, double-click it, or use the text input widget in the inspector window.

To display different properties in a part label, as well as rotate it, or change the font, right-click the label.

To move a part label independently from its part, select the part first--both the part and the label will be highlighted. Once the label is selected you can drag it.

wires and bendpoints

To add a bendpoint to a wire, double-click where you want the bendpoint.

To delete a bendpoint from a wire, double-click it.

In Schematic or PCB view, if you drag from a bendpoint with the Alt (Linux: Meta) key down, you will drag out a new wire from that bendpoint.

To drag a wire segment (a section of a wire between two bendpoints), drag it with the Alt (Linux: Meta) key down. If you also hold down the shift key, the wire segment will be constrained to horizontal or vertical motion.

Use shift-drag on a wire end or bendpoint to constrain its wire segment to an angle of 45 degrees (or some multiple of 45 degrees). If the wire segment is connected to other wire segments, the segment you're dragging will snap to make 90 degree angles with the neighboring wire segment.

connections

To see all the connectors connected to a given connector, hold the mouse down on the connector--all the connections will be highlighted.

A ratsnest line (very thin 'wire') between connections in one view means that those connections are somehow connected in another view.

parts editor

Check out Parts Editor Help under the Help Menu.

Before using the Parts Editor, see whether a Generic IC, Mystery Part, or Pin Header will do the job. Once you drop one of these into your sketch, you can change the number of pins, pin spacing, and other properties.

In the Parts Editor, to select a graphic underneath another graphic, use the mouse wheel while holding down the shift key.

You can use the Parts Editor to find the SVG file for a part's image for a given view. In the Parts Editor, click on the tab for that view, then use Show in Folder under the File Menu

Fritzing stores files for custom parts, generated parts, and for other temporary and long-term purposes in a 'local storage folder'. On Mac and Linux this is usually ~/.config/Fritzing/. Under Windows Vista and above, it is something like C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Fritzing\; under Windows XP is something like C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Fritzing\.

Do not store your custom part files in the Fritzing installation folder. If you upgrade Fritzing, these files will probably be deleted. Also, files in the Fritzing installation folder will not be saved in sketch (.fzz) files, so you won't be able to share them.

pcb layout

Always lead a trace straight out of a pin. This helps to prevent short circuits.

Through-hole parts can be traced from either side of a PCB.

It makes life easier to route traces horizontally on one side of a PCB and vertically on the other side.

Route traces in 45-degree angles to reduce noise.

If Fritzing is missing your special part and you don't want to build one by yourself, then use pinheaders as connectors and the grid to align them.

You can put your own Logo in the silkscreen of your PCB. Just use the Logo part of the core library and select your own file. SVG is the best format.

Use copper-blocker parts to mask out areas that you want free of copper fill.

To change trace width, select a trace then use the width combo box in the Inspector. You can use the drop-down or just type in a number (from 8 to 128).

To create a custom shape for your PCB, import an SVG file.

To make a stylish Arduino shield in no time, switch the shape of the PCB from a rectangle to the Arduino

pcb production

Smaller PCBs are more affortable than larger ones. Save space and money.

Have your PCB quickly and easily produced with Fritzing Fab. Hover over the 'Fabricate' button to get a quote.

When using the Fritzing Fab Service, If there are empty areas of the PCB that you do not want filled with copper, use the copper-blocker part. This resizable part will mask out copper fill in the rectangle it covers.

notes

To insert a clickable URL into a note, select some text in the note and type ctrl-l (Mac: command-l). (That's 'l' as in the first letter of 'link'.) To modify an existing link select the linked text and use ctrl-l (command-l) again.

local file storage

Fritzing stores files for custom parts, generated parts, and for other temporary and long-term purposes in a 'local storage folder'. On Mac and Linux this is usually ~/.config/Fritzing/. Under Windows Vista and above, it is something like C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Fritzing\; under Windows XP is something like C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Fritzing\.



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