Straumann Software from Switzerland proves how simple and easy professional software can be with its MacSchema CAD / CAE product line.
Schooling becomes superfluous, thanks to the intuitive menu commands, so that a demonstration of the possibilities will usually suffice. If you’re thinking this must be impossible, just try the DEMO or ask one of the many MacSchema clients to be shown the possibilities.
Rolf Straumann - inventor and developer of MacSchema - started drawing electrical diagrams early on, of course without the help of a computer, and had already developed a very good mechanical system.
A large number of standard sheets was his solution, meaning that only a small number of controls had to be newly drawn. The main body of work was therefore the entering of labels, cross-references and descriptions.
Then the first CAD software-applications were released.
However, they were mostly so complicated and elaborate that the work was usually done more effectively by hand.
This led Straumann to the decision to develop his own software - the first MacSchema.
This software was designed to be very easy to use and quite a lot faster than the manual system, but still no real CAD.
The development of MacSchema II - a real CAD application - was begun in December 1986.
It took two years to complete version 1.0. The goal was to keep the drawing function as simple as possible, a drawing grid that was perfectly tailored to the symbols and to automate anything that could be automated. This idea has been further developed up until today and extended with an automatic terminal diagram, wire list and an automatic parts list.
However, this was not as easy as it seems. An auxiliary contact block, for instance, needed to recognize the correct contactor unnoticeably and the calculation of the terminal diagram required the correct device connections to be found. Solving such problems is what makes programming appealing. Nonetheless, what took the most work were all the little details that make working with the software a pleasant experience.
Only when personally applying MacSchema, will you realize how unique the software really is, especially in its ease-of-use and productivity. A long-term MacSchema client estimated savings in time of 80%!
Many companies worldwide - and especially in Switzerland - use MacSchema to great success.