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What is Electra E7?

Electra E8: The Easiest to use Electrical CAD Software on the planet. Create circuits 300-500% faster, generate terminals and bills of materials in a blink!

Who Uses Electra E7?

Electrical engineers, draughting, schematics, hydraulic, pneumatic circuit designers.

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Reviews of Electra E7

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Customer Service
4.6
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.2

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
56%
4
39%
3
6%
Mark
Mark
Senior Instrumentation Specalist @ Astellas FESP in Ireland
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Does exactly what it says on the tin

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: I’ve found Electra8 to be a very simple to use tool with lots of powerful features a availiable for every task I needed
Currently I’m back at college with 20years industry experience and I found Electra perfect for any projects we were given
Some of my college class mates have noted I was using Electra and remarked on its ease of use and elegant features and it compared favourably with packages they were using such as Bluebeam and Autodesk
I’ll be sticking with Electra8 when I move back to industry, just hope any new employers see it that way too

Pros:

Easy of use Very intuitive A learning curve that’s very easy

Cons:

I can’t say I found any real cons to the package, it delivered anything it promised

Radica Software Response

5 years ago

Thank you so much for the kind words, Mark. We really appreciate you for taking the time out to share your experience with us. We're happy to hear that you will stick with us when you move back to the industry. We hope that Electra will always increase your productivity in your work. Cheers!

scott
Technical Design & Support Manager in Canada
Mining & Metals, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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An easy to learn CAD replacement for eletrical designs

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: Overall we are happy with the product. The Visio interface has made it easier for staff to use the product, without having to learn a hole new user interface. The advance features and reports will help us save time and money with our purchasing in the future.

Pros:

It was fast and easy to learn. They have a good library of how to videos, to get you started. Customer service was able to help fix issues within 24hrs. Being able to use Visio to export PDF and CAD files from my drawings saved time and effort.

Cons:

It's a set of scripts that are embedded in your Visio document. So you have to deal with any Visio bugs plus any Electra bugs.

John
Team Leader Test equipment in Switzerland
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Electra Review

3.0 6 years ago

Comments: Drawing a electric diagramm is only a fraction of the work we do and therefore I appreciate the simplicity and easy-to-use-ness of Electra E8: No annual education and an affordable price. The best thing is the automatic update of wire links between the pages and the automatic location of contacts.

Pros:

That it's integrated in Visio, a very powerful tool and drawings are beside Electra's abilities highly customisable.

Cons:

The incountable connections behind which may also fail, especially if you try "UNDO" functions.

Jose Antonio
Jose Antonio
Engineer in Mexico
Verified LinkedIn User
Industrial Automation, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: Free Trial
Reviewer Source

Very VERY specialized

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: This kind of CAD is used for making the electric diagrams in LARGE projects and you usually only make a lot of CADS at the beginning and end of the project . Since my company can only make one of this large-year-long projects at a time we only used it one or two months in the whole year.
When in comes to billing I never trust automatic systems and I wouldn't recommend anyone to do so, making that function useless to me.

Pros:

Since most tags are made automatically or with drop down selector lost lines/devices are rare. Since is a CAD software designed ONLY for electric wiring it doesn't have tools for other functions, making it very easy to learn and fast to use.

Cons:

You can use it for wiring diagrams and that's it. To my knowledge, it has no simulation functions.

Brad
Facilities Manager in US
Defense & Space, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Decent software for a decent price

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Much easier than hand drawing simple schematics and panel layouts. It is great for in-house panel builds and equipment modifications. I would not want to use it on a large scale project, but it would be a definite go-to for any smaller project.

Pros:

Affordable, generic and user friendly. Easy to use symbol list and drag/drop symbols make it nice to place anywhere on the drawing. Wiring and connections are fairly straightforward to make on each object.

Cons:

Lack of symbols/ need to substitute shapes for common objects (drives, communication devices, etc.). Maybe have different symbol packages for different applications? Terminal blocks are a little cumbersome to use at first, but can be managed.