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Author Topic: Waveme: Free timing diagram drawing tool  (Read 19632 times)

wnitzan

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Waveme: Free timing diagram drawing tool
« on: October 05, 2016, 11:07 AM »
A new, free, GUI-based, digital and analog (mixed-signal) timing diagram drawing software for Windows 7 or newer (and Linux via Wine).
Intended primarily for documentation purposes, electronic hardware designers can use Waveme to draw a timing diagram,
and then export it to an image file (BMP, PNG, SVG or TIFF) or a PDF document.
A color diagram can be converted to a black-and-white diagram, and saved to a new file.

Waveme can be used to draw waveforms, gaps, arrows, labels and value-lines (see attached images).
Both, digital and analog signals can be drawn.
Highly customizable, with a wealth of keyboard shortcuts.

Website:
waveme.weebly.com

Google group for questions, bug reports, feature requests, and general discussion:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/waveme

Waveme is distributed as a 32-bit single-file executable, it doesn't require installation,
and there are no changes to the registry nor configuration files.

Please note that because it is an executable file, it might be flagged by antivirus programs.
Avoid false-positive, by always confirming with Google's www.virustotal.com.

Hope you find it useful!
« Last Edit: September 18, 2019, 12:38 PM by wnitzan »

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 01:30 PM »
Looks great wnitzan,
I suspect it's not for me because I dont understand what it would be used for -- is it aimed at musicians?
Maybe you could give a couple of use case scenarios? (I did look at the website and manual intro and video but was none the wiser).
Tom

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 01:39 PM »
Thanks for looking.
Waveme is for electronic hardware designers (e.g. circuit and chip designers).

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2016, 02:29 PM »
I suspect it's not for me because I dont understand what it would be used for -- is it aimed at musicians?

Waveme is intended primarily for documentation purposes by electronic hardware designers,
where a diagram can be exported (stored) to an image file (PNG, BMP or TIFF) or a PDF document.

Examples of another option: http://store.digilen...-2015-download-only/

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 03:17 PM »
^ think that detail ('by electronic hardware designers') was added after my post wraith, although knowing me I may have missed it :-)
So, as I thought, not for me, even if I do love the look of the results :up:
Tom

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 03:21 PM »
I did modify my post to describe the intended audience.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 06:10 PM »
Very cool, and welcome to the site   :Thmbsup:

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2016, 01:51 PM »
Waveme can be run, as is, on Linux by using Wine.
I tested Waveme with Wine (development version 1.9.21) on Fedora 24 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2016, 05:14 PM »
Waveme version 1.2 is available.

- PDF page orientation can now be set (portrait or landscape).
- Improved user experience when running on Linux/Wine.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2017, 12:52 PM by wnitzan »

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2016, 04:46 PM »
Waveme version 1.3 is available.

New features:
1. In Bus waveform, each segment can be further customized:
- Each data (D) segment can have its own line and fill color, fill style and label color.
- Each Don't care (X) and Hi-Z (Z) segment can have its own label color.
2. Convert from color to black-and-white diagram, stored to a new file.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2016, 12:09 AM »
I wish I had a use for this because it looks cool.  Well done and thanks for sharing!   :Thmbsup:

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2017, 11:55 AM »
The user manual has 3 videos on the following pages:
- Getting Started
- Rows (row operations), and
- Signal & Bus Segments (Segment operations).
But, prompted by you, I put a link to them on the home page.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2017, 12:39 PM »
Version 1.4 is now available.

New features:
- Bus waveform:
Segment drawing is more flexible. A segment now has 3 (instead of 2) independently specified portions: Transition to level, level, and transition from level.
* This allows for a waveform to start and/or end with the level portion of a segment.
* Multiple segments can be placed back-to-back, with only the outliers having non-zero transitions. This gives the appearance of a single segment with multiple regions.

- Along arrow:
Select whether to show the right and/or left guidelines.
* This makes it possible to draw an arrow pointing in only one direction, and without guidelines around it; or
* A straight line, without arrow heads nor guidelines.

Bug fix:
- Signal and Bus waveform:
Incorrect empty segment after undo of segment deletion.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2017, 01:11 PM by wnitzan »

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2017, 04:02 PM »
Waveme version 1.5 is now available, fixing a bug (Gaps dialog box did not open).

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2018, 11:49 AM »
Waveme version 1.6 is now available.

New features:
- Superscript and subscript: supported in all text entries.
- Waveform name: Can be individually customized per row (font, color and alignment).
- All waveforms support segment labels, with identical and expanded customization options.
- Signal and Bus waveform, segment label vertical position: can be placed above a segment too.
- Multiple segment selection in Bus and Signal waveforms: supports duplicate, delete and move operations.
- Auto Bus and Auto Signal waveforms:
  * Added support for first, multiple gap, and last segments.
  * Segment labels:
     - Text can surround the auto-generated numeric values.
     - Supports wrap around, and initial wrapped around numeric values.
- Row copy and paste operations allow copying a row from one diagram to another.
- Title: Horizontal position can now be relative either to the whole diagram, or to the waveforms area.
- Horizontal grid lines:
  * Can select not to show in Spacer Rows.
- Vertical grid lines:
  * Can select not to show in Spacer Rows.
  * Can end on a given unit.
  * Can draw groups of vertical lines with a gap in between.
  * Can draw single vertical lines.
- Along Arrow:
  * Option not to show horizontal line.
  * Option to extend guidelines to cover arrow's own waveform.
- Aware of multiple connected monitors.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2018, 12:15 PM »
Nice  :up:

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2018, 05:01 PM »
Version 1.7 is now available.

New features:
*   Signal waveform: Added D (Data) segment.
*   Across arrow: Arrow head can be bidirectional: Head can be drawn at the "From row" end, as well as at the "To row" end.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2018, 10:52 AM »
Waveme 2.0 is now available.

This version includes UI changes for faster user interaction:
- Adding a new item immediately adds the item to the diagram, using default values, and then opens an edit dialog for further adjustments to the new item.
- An "Apply" button was added to all edit dialogs, General options and Waveform options dialogs. Now you can apply your changes to a diagram, while the dialog stays open, allowing you to observe and make adjustments faster.
- Row arrows are managed with a tabbed notebook dialog.
- Row labels are managed with a tabbed notebook dialog.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2018, 12:07 AM »
Waveme version 2.1 is now available.

New feature:
    In Auto-bus and Auto-signal dialogs, auto-label values are not allowed to be left empty.

Bug fix:
    Redraw dialog window after a change in selected font to prevent dialog box from being drawn incorrectly.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2019, 03:56 PM »
Waveme version 2.2 is here!

New features:

- Expanded support for clipboard copy/paste operations to Bus and Signal segments, row arrows and row labels.
Now rows, segments, arrows and labels can be copied and pasted either within the same diagram or in another diagram.
- Along arrow guideline can now be from any row to any row, instead of from current row to any row.

Bug fixes:

- Row copy/paste was broken.
- Saving to a PDF file with "A4" page size and "Portrait" orientation created a "Letter" page size instead.

What's next?

I'm looking into adding analog signal drawing capabilities to Waveme, turning Waveme from a digital-only into a mixed-signal waveform drawing tool.
Please share your needs, and post some analog drawings, that you'd like to create with Waveme.
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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2019, 03:37 PM »
Version 2.3 is now available.

New features:

- Export (save) diagram to SVG image file format.
- Directly export (save) color diagram into a black-and-white image file or PDF document.
No longer needs to first save as a black-and-white diagram, reload that diagram, and only then export.
- Open a diagram file with drag-n-drop onto Waveme's window.
- Value-lines: A new row element.
Horizontally drawn lines across a waveform, with tick marks and labels to the left of the waveform.
Most commonly used with analog signals to denote vertical values.
- Labels can be rotated, instead of only be horizontal. Applies to labels, arrows and value-lines.
Rotation is only supported when using True Type fonts.
- Signals can now start with a D value. If first segment is also a D, the left-end will be shown opened.
- Bus and Auto-bus waveforms can have open ends when using D and X segments, instead of only closed ends.
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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2019, 09:26 PM »
Version 2.4 is a bug fix.

Across arrow: vertical shape had incorrect to/from unit selections.

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Re: Waveme: Free digital timing diagram drawing tool
« Reply #22 on: August 18, 2019, 04:42 PM »
Version 2.5 is here, just in time for Waveme's 3rd anniversary.

New features:
- Analog waveform drawing:
Signal row now supports 3 new analog segment types: Sine, Linear and Ramp/RC time constant.
A mix of both digital (L, H, Z, X, D) and analog segment types can be drawn in the same row.
- Quickly change Signal and Bus segment width without opening a dialog box, by mouse dragging, keyboard shortcuts, toolbar buttons or menu commands.
- Project and image file dialogs now show an initial suggestion based on the diagram's name, and remember last directory location for each type.
- Default font is now OS and local system dependent.

Bug fix:
- Gaps: Handled occasional incorrect drawing of an edge's middle pixel.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2019, 04:49 PM by wnitzan »