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SEE Electrical - electrical cad software for easily creating wiring diagrams


All features and commands in SEE Electrical are designed specifically for electrical engineering. Its intuitive interface means that you can be productive very quickly, after a short training. Creating wiring diagrams has never been so simple!

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SEE Electrical can be purchased in three levels - Basic, Standard and Advanced. Each offers a range of services at a different price point so that you can select the level that suits your needs. It is simple to progress from one level to another, as you can work on project data across all levels simultaneously.

Functionality offered by SEE Electrical Basic Standard Advanced
Project manager
Real-time lists for: components, terminals, parts, contacts, cables, cable cores, wires, PLC I/Os, documents
Filtering/sorting into lists + storing the filter or sorting
Multiple symbol libraries (including IEC) with graphical overview,grouping and searching
Creation of custom symbols and drawing macros
Real-time component numbering, generation of cable names and terminal numbers, and cross referencing
Real time connection and open contacts check up
Locking of component names, terminals, and wire labels
Graphical cable definition - including user defined symbols
Custom project template creation
Bi-directional compatibility with other CAD systems (DWG, DXF and DXB)
Microsoft ActiveX® interface
Importing of images (JPG, BMP, PCX...)
Copying of symbol groups between projects
Working on multiple projects simultaneously
Customizable working environment
Standard CAD drawing facilities and dimensioning capabilities
Support for hyperlinks on graphics
Redlining functionality
512 available layers
Auto-backup feature
Export in Enhanced Metafile Format and XML
Export formats for Weidmüller and other label printers
Integrated equipment database  
Import of manufacturer’s data into equipment database in Microsoft Excel® format  
Display equipment information on components  
Support for finding an equipment with suitable number of contacts for coils and components with auxiliary contacts  
Contact mirror display for coils  
Automatic contact numbering of coils-and components with auxiliary contacts  
Support of automatic renumbering the contacts  
Checking for overloaded contacts in coils-and components with auxiliary contacts  
Completing components like coils, multilevel terminals, connectors, …  
Cable management (cable equipment database)  
Handling of deck terminals, Management of connectors  
PLC I/O manager  
Organize diagrams in folder structures  
Function/location management + graphical function/location boxes  
Wire directions display and editing  
User definable numbering method for all elements and references  
Find and replace text throughout entire project  
Insertion of pages and deletion of pages gaps  
Duplicate component name check  
Database editors (single entry editing)  
Graphical terminal plan with automatic detection of up to ten bridge types  
Graphical cable plan including spare cores + Wiring list  
Part list sorted by function/location  
Graphical signal management with predefined signal properties /wire numbering in several formats (only 5 in standard level)    
Auto Connection    
Draw orthogonal multi-pole wires    
Cross-reference navigator (go to) with marking function (come from)    
Navigation from Database and specific Graphical lists to drawings    
Database manager for functions/locations/products /products (aspects) including ability to manage nested aspects    
PLC operands numbered automatically in several available formats + Importing of PLC assignment lists in Microsoft Excel® format    
Configure project tree allowing for custom graphical and database lists    
User defined lists and components    
Configuration of multicores (within single wire connections)    
Changing of page templates for an entire project or a part of the project    
Copy multiple pages and all sheets of a folder between projects    
Advanced database editors (editing of several entries at once)    
Renumbering of entire terminal strips, renumbering of cables    
Insert components/terminals not in drawing by list    
Terminal plan with graphics and terminal row picture plan    
Cable terminal row plan    
Connector matrix and plan    
Generate all necessary graphical lists in one shot    
Product assembly list + Compressed BOM + Device list    
Database list with texts from callouts: usable for revision management    
Find and replace symbols throughout current page or entire project    
List and label editor    
DWG/DXF/DXB multi-import and SVG/DWF multi-export     

 

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• Windows® 7, 8/8.1, 10
• Minimum Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ 64 processor (Core i5 or above recommended)
• 2 Gb RAM (4 GB recommended)
• 600 Mb free disk space
• 1280 x 1024 Graphics Card or higher recommended

 

All SEE Electrical (formerly known as Caddy++ Electrical) electrical cad features are easy to use and are dedicated to electrical design:

  • IEEE/ IEC component libraries (draw either IEEE or IEC wiring diagrams).
  • Automatic numbering for components, cables and wires.
  • Cables, terminals, components, etc. automatic generation
  • Cross-references (available contacts, etc.)


With SEE Electrical you can open as many screens as you want and you are able to work across several projects at once. Thanks to the integrated Microsoft ActiveX® interface you can also combine documents from other Windows applications directly into your project structure.






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 FAQ SEE Electrical

 

Questions and Answers for SEE Electrical

 

Summary

1 - Choosing an Electrical CAD package

2- Symbol and manufacturer part databases

3- SEE Electrical versus Autocad

4- Viewing projects / Exporting

5-Tutorial / Trial version

6- IEEE and IEC standards

 

 

 

1- Choosing an Electrical CAD package

 

Q: I need an Electrical CAD program. It has to have a large library of commonly used components for industrial automation and it can’t break the bank.

A: We would recommend SEE Electrical Standard (since the Basic level does not include part database). As far as the budget, SEE Electrical Standard ‘Freedom’ offers a yearly subscription that includes maintenance for support and upgrades. The SEE Electrical Standard (without Freedom) is a one-off purchase price where you own the software. You can then choose if you want to take out maintenance or not.


Q: Can I use SEE Electrical Basic to design control panels?

A: To be able to design the panel layout you’d need to think about the ‘Standard’ level. Standard level also adds automatic wire numbering so there are some significant advantages.

 

Q: Can you customize the auto wire numbering?

A: Yes, you can base them on page/column/sequence, set new start and step values and add your own characters. You can also define different wire types, each with their own numbering methods but remember this is for standard and advanced levels not the basic

 

Q: If I use SEE Electrical Basic25 version am I able to work on unlimited projects, each of them limited to 25 sheets?

A: Yes, 25 circuit diagram sheets per project but you can also have many terminal or cable lists or cover sheet diagrams on top of that.

 

Q: What is the difference between standard and advance level package?

A: The standard level is quite capable, allowing parts assignment, auto numbering, and graphical terminal and cable plans however the advanced level adds a lot more flexibility to the environment and lots of extra functions such as unlimited signal types, auto numbering based on the symbols. You can upgrade later if you find you need certain functions and the overall cost would be about the same. Its worth checking the ‘Features by Software Level’ list and checking with your local sales team if you’re not clear on anything listed.

 

 Q: Is Expert a level of SEE Electrical?

A: No, SEE Electrical Expert is a completely different package, designed for corporations that need to set standards and include work in their PLM system. It leads on to harness and system design.

 

  Q: What is the right package for machine control?

A: If you just want to draw schematics then Basic is fine. If you want to assign parts and generate terminal plans and cable plans then Standard should be enough and if you want to have complete control over projects and be able to manage projects using database editors and customize the reporting then perhaps the Advanced is necessary.

  

 Q: What are the differences between See Electrical levels? Is there any table showing it?

A: Please visit ‘Features by Software Level’ 

 

 Q: I work a lot with PLC, I see I would need Advanced licence then?

A: You can work with PLCs from the Basic level however handling of the PLC data improves with the Standard level providing auto-numbering and data table editing. The Advanced level adds the ability to define I/O schedules in Excel and then quickly assign the data in the drawing among other things.

 

Q: I would like to know it your software can be used for drawing fluid plans and fluid components?

A: Yes, SEE Electrical comes with a default Hydraulic and Pneumatic symbols library. Symbols can have part numbers and settings assigned and sections of the design can be dragged onto your custom symbol library folders to save them for future use to speed up the process. It is also very easy to create new symbols from existing ones or from scratch. SEE Electrical supports import/export of DWG/DXF as well as raster formats and pdf files. We have a huge Internet based database of over 600,000 parts from over 900 manufacturer which can be subscribed to.

 

Q: There is no difference between the electric and fluid diagram in your software, is that right?

A: You can use separate page types so that links can be made between the electrical and hydraulic/pneumatic parts of the devices. This provides a useful 'pick list' function to ensure the components have the same details and reference each other. Users often also set up different signal types to represent pipes with different attributes, but this flexibility is just part of See Electrical.

  

Q: Does the 3D feature come default in the software, or do we to install it separately?

A: It’s a separate module, you would purchase the standard or advanced level package and then add either 2D or 3D cabinet layout module. There are other modules as well but it depends what you need to produce with your schematics. You’ll need to request this from your local sales team. They should be able to provide a download link for the additional 3D module together with a trial unlock code to test it out.

 

 Q: If I were to buy a license, could i have that license on more than one computer?

A: If you purchase a ‘flexible’ license then you can share it by releasing the license from a computer when you close the application. Irrespective of the license method you can install the software on as many computers as you like. Those that don't have a license will open as viewers.

 

 Q: I need a software to draw electrical diagrams for building electrical and control systems. What would you recommend?

A: SEE Electrical would be ideal, it has got modules for Circuit Diagrams IEC and Installations for building plans to design electrical plans and cabling.

 

  Q: I will be receiving both CAD and PDF files from architects. I will be doing residential and light commercial nothing over 600VAC.

A: SEE Electrical Installation Modules would be ideal.

  

 Q: Does House installation module allow to design structure cabling part of project (RJ45 socket and similar)

 A: You can define cable routes and then select cable types to connect devices that include the cable, conduit and other parts needed. It is possible to show switches and routers and the cable routing. We have an example for network routing which shows the planning net diagram in the circuits and then displays the locations in the plan views of the building.

 

Q: We are interested in having the capabilities to import configuration data to generate drawings

A: You can generate drawing with SEE Electrical Standard and Advanced packages. There’s a module called Auto Generation which handles this.

 

 

  2- Symbol manufacturer part databases

 

Q: Does SEE Electrical Basic include a manufacturer part database?

A: The Basic level doesn’t support the parts database so we’re just talking about the symbology. It comes with libraries for the IEEE/JIC or IEC standard electrical symbols together with hydraulic/pneumatic, architectural and quite a few more. It’s also easy to either import symbols from raster format (.JPG .PNG etc), DWG/DXF or even draw them using the standard CAD tools. You can assign part numbers to create a BOM in the Basic level, you just won’t have the manufacturer’s details behind it, just a BOM with parts and quantities. There’s also plenty of nice symbol libraries for PLC cards.

 

 Q: Can I acquire additional symbols for SEE electrical?

A: Additional symbols are available in the Web Catalogue (requires a subscription). In the case where you can't find a specific part, you can request a new part to be created for you. Our “SEE Part Libraries” will ensure that your requests are processed very quickly.

 

Q: What is: “Pack of unlimited downloading from SEE Web catalogue (1 year)”?

A: This subscription service allows for downloading of parts data and symbols from the Internet based web catalogue. You begin with some 60,000 parts in your local database and its an open database so you can manually add parts or import from XML or Excel. If you subscribe to the Web Catalogue you can search and download from over 600,000 parts, with thousands of symbols.

 

 Q: I need to draw plans for a railroad crossing. Are all the symbols that I would use in this program or will I have to find more from somewhere else?

A: Rail signal/relay diagrams do sometimes use special symbol sets. We provide symbols for the standard controls systems such as IEEE/JIC and IEC (European) so if these sound familiar then you’ll be OK. You can import raster graphics and PDF files as well as DWG

 

  Q: It appears that there is no access allowed to the web library of parts with a basic or basic 25 license. Is that correct?

 A: Yes, that’s correct. The Basic version of SEE Electrical is ideal for designing schematics but does not provide access to the parts database, you’d need to be using the Standard or Advanced levels to make use of the Web Catalogue.

 

  

 3- SEE Electrical versus Autocad

 

Q: How is SEE Electrical better than AutoCAD LT?

A: AutoCAD LT is just a plain CAD package, so it’s not well set up for electrical project work and managing groups of pages and the underlying data as well as the connectivity

 

Q: What versions of AutoCAD is SEE Electrical compatible with?

A: If you’ve downloaded the latest version of See Electrical V8R2 then it will read/write from AutoCAD version 12 to 2016.

 

Q: Could SEE Electrical drawings be saved and viewed later in PDF or AutoCAD format?

A: Yes, DWG is there from the start, using ‘File - Save As - AutoCAD DWG/DXF’ and there is a nice module for intelligent PDF exporting which maintains the links between wires and symbols and creates bookmarks to quickly navigate around the project.

 

Q: How does SEE Electrical differ to AutoCAD?

A: It's quick, dedicated to electrical design, and easy to use. If you want the drawing to look exactly the same as they do in AutoCAD then you could import the AutoCAD files and create intelligent symbols out of the blocks (adding connection points and component names). We do however supply industry standard symbol libraries with the software so it's not necessary. See Electrical handles related symbols such as relay and contacts as well as panel wires and multi-core cables and PLC and terminals. You can assign parts data to the symbols and link this to cabinet views where the layout can be designed. This is all synchronized by the software to ensure basic errors are avoided and assembly and testing departments are equipped with useful and accurate documentation of the schematics, wiring, terminals, components, and cabling.

 

Q: I have a large history of DWG files created with AutoCAD Electrical. Will SEE-Electrical import and edit these files?

A: Yes. Look carefully at the options in the import DWG dialog since it includes information about removing the existing title block, importing layer names, ignoring hidden elements and lots more before you import. The files can then be edited and exported if needed but be aware that symbol and wire intelligence will not be recognised. We do have a legacy data import module which allows AutoCAD Electrical blocks to be mapped to See Electrical symbols so that whole projects can be imported and made intelligent automatically.

 

 

4- Viewing projects / Exporting

 

Q: Can Electrical schematics be exported into other CAD programs? One of our factories uses this package and I now and then need to make minor changes.

A: To make changes you’d really need the Basic version as a minimum. You could open the project in the free viewer and add redline comments which can then be acted on by someone with a license. Exporting to another editable format such as DWG would not allow changes to be imported back in, since there are no rules imposed in the plain CAD package to maintain the expected structure.

  

5-Tutorials / Trial Version

 

Q: I am looking for SEE Electrical Viewer. Is it free for download?

A: Yes, you can download the demo version and after 30 days demo (Advanced level 3, page edit limit) it becomes a viewer. There is also a free viewer you can download (Services/Download on our website).

 

Q: Where can I find a tutorial for SEE Electrical?

A: The tutorial can be found on http://www.ige-xao.com/images/en/pdf/products/see_electrical/SEE_Electrical_V8R2_IEC_Tutorial.pdf

 

Q: I would like to download SEE Electrical 30 days trial. Is it Window XP or Window 7 32 bit compatible?

A: Windows 7 up to Windows 10 yes, but it won't run on Windows XP.

 

 Q: Which product level is the See Electrical demo package? Basic, Standard or Advanced?

A: The demo version is the Advanced level limited to 3 circuit diagram pages per project and 30 days. The demo version also includes 2D Cabinet and Installation modules.

 

Q: Do you make software for designing industrial control panels?

A: Yes, SEE Electrical is designed for this. Try the 30 day demo version.

 

Q: What is Auto Diagram on circuit diagram?

 A: This is a separate module for generating schematics from circuits listed in an Excel spread sheet.

 

 

6- IEC and IEEE standards

  

 Q: Do I need to purchase two licenses for IEC and IEEE versions?

A: No, you should be able to discuss with your supplier and add the additional module for a nominal fee. You should however only use one standard at a time.

 

Q: I have SEE electrical advanced IEC version. Are these file compatible with the Standard version IEEE licence?

A: The level is not important but if another user only has IEEE module and you create your drawings in IEC they won’t see those drawings. It is possible to add an IEEE module to SEE Electrical IEC (and vice versa). This additional module will include dedicated IEEE symbols. Please contact your local sales team to enable this.

 

Q: Does SEE Electrical offer IEEE symbols?

A: Yes it comes with symbols, you should be able to download a demo to test it out if you like. When you download, please make sure you select the IEEE version.

 

  

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