PatchCAD

Patchbay Design and Labelling Software

NEW VERSION 2
FASTER, POWERFUL, EFFICIENT

Design beautiful and accurate patchbay systems within minutes using the new and improved PatchCAD 2.

PatchCAD is now available in Standard and Pro versions. Whether labelling a patchbay, a termination panel or designing a whole studio from scratch, PatchCAD has the right tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Available to all users, PatchCAD includes the largest collection of templates ever assembled, ready to use in an intuitive and streamlined user interface.

Minimum Requirements

PatchCAD v2 - Main Screenshot

FEATURES

PatchCAD v2 - Factory Templates List

Factory Templates

PatchCAD comes loaded with an ever-updating library of templates for industry standard and lesser known patchbays, patch and termination panels.

PRO Termination panel models of specific configuration will load with predefined socket configurations already set up for quick start and labelling.

All template updates are FREE!

Custom Templates

Create your own custom templates and share with other users. Virtually infinite design possibilities for BantamDataFiberGPO/B GaugeJackTermination PanelTrumpeterMIDIVideo or any other type of patchbay.

PRO Define default socket configuration for termination panel templates.

PatchCAD - Custom Patchbay

Printing

Print consistently accurate and beautiful labels on any printer and any paper size. PatchCAD’s smart algorithm will work out automatically how to spread the patchbay across however many pages necessary, and the cutting guides will make sure you stay on track. For further cutting precision, PatchCAD can print a cutting guide for each socket to help with seamless joins between pages.

Versatile printing options allow for printing one patchbay, the whole project or specific patchbays from the project. Choose whether to print titles, sockets and cutting guides.

Universal support for label printers. Set your label printer’s tape length and printing one row at a time in PatchCAD for one continuous label.

PRO Print notes above and below the patchbay for wiring instructions or comments to colleagues or clients.

PRO Choose whether or not to print socket previews on termination panels, with or without socket labels.

PRO Notes

Clicking on the Notes icon in the toolbar will reveal two new editors above and below each patchbay in the project for notes and annotations.  Use these to make wiring notes or reminders, instructions to the wiring or installation person, or to keep track of modification and revisions to the design.

Both notes editors benefit from the same powerful editing and formatting features as the main patchbay editor for rich and clear looking annotations. When display real-estate is limited, the horizontal scrolling of all the editors is synchronised to avoid confusion and keep the relevant data in view at all times.

Notes will be added when exporting to PDF, image or Excel, as well as when printing.

PatchCAD v2 - Patchbay Notes

PRO Sockets Configuration

Configure individual sockets of termination panels with meaningful and instantly recognisable previews. Add notes to each socket to specify which part number socket to use, pinout remarks, data type or wiring instructions.

Factory templates of termination panels that come pre-fitted with specific sockets include a pre-defined but modifiable configuration when you add the template to your project.

Sockets previews are snows in the preview pane, as well as added when exporting to PDF, image or Excel, and of course when printing.

Audio
  • Bantam
  • TS Jack
  • TRS Jack
  • XLR 3 Male
  • XLR 3 Female
  • Combo
  • Mini Jack
  • speakON 2 Pole
  • speakON 4 Pole
  • Phono
  • Binding Post
  • XLR 4 Male
  • XLR 4 Female
  • XLR 5 Male
  • XLR 5 Female
  • XLR 6 Male
  • XLR 6 Female
  • XLR 7 Male
  • XLR 7 Female
MIDI
  • MIDI
Video
  • BNC
  • VGA
  • S-Video
  • SVHS
  • HDMI
  • F
  • Display Port
  • DVI
DATA
  • Dsub 9
  • RJ45
  • USB Type A
  • USB Type B
  • USB 3 Type A
  • USB 3 Type B
  • FireWire 400
  • FireWire 800
  • PS/2
Fiber
  • Fiber Optic LC
  • Fibre Optic SC
  • Fiber Optic ST
  • Toslink
Power
  • powerCON Input
  • powerCON Output
Multifunction
  • Lemo
  • Tourine 25
  • Tourine 37
General
  • Generic
  • Blanking Panel
PatchCAD v2 - Sockets Configuration Example

Optimised Toolbar

The new toolbar is more efficient than ever. A more compact design makes room for more screen real-estate for the main editor. All of PatchCAD’s functions are clear and sensibly organised on the toolbar while the common operations are also available via common sense keyboard shortcuts.

Functions like Auto NumberingAuto LetteringMergingBordersColouringNormalling and more are all a click away.

PatchCAD v2 - Toolbar

Accurate Real-Time Preview

Real-time preview panel gives accurate to-scale feedback of the design. Every change is immediately reflected on the screen. No need to print and reprint your design to see how it will look like in real life.

Export your project as a PNG, JPG or GIF image, Excel document or PDF for sharing online, to be used in manuals or documentation, sending to your clients or collaborating with your colleagues.

PatchCAD Export Example

And So Much More…

  • Change the template of a patchbay that is already in the project
  • Improved performance throughout speeds up operations and loading time.
  • Delta updates for templates makes sure you only download the updates you are missing.
  • Word wrap support.
  • PRO Insert images into cell to add the facility’s logo or when words are just not enough
  • PRO Change border thickness and style

COMPARE VERSIONS

Which Version Is Right For You?

 

PatchCAD
  • You need to label your patchbay or panel neatly and quickly
  • You design patchbays but don’t necessarily do any wiring work
  • You have an existing old patchbay that desperately needs a fresh look

 

PatchCAD Pro
  • You designs patchbays for clients and have to liaise with clients, colleagues or outsource the wiring work to a 3rd party
  • Your patchbays are complicated and could do with making notes and instructions to help prevent mistakes and assist with wiring
  • You do installation work and need a more versatile design tool that just labelling a patchbay or a panel
  • Designing termination panels is part of your work

HOW IT WORKS

WHO IS THIS FOR?

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INSTALLERS & INTEGRATORS

Perfect companion for any installation job. Design complex patching systems and impress clients with gorgeous labels within minutes. Keep track of client details, patchbay location, revisions and notes.

Accurate and consistent prints allow you to make last minute changes on site that the client forgot to tell you about and print new labels on any local printer! You have enough surprises on an installation. Labelling the patch should not be one of them.

WIREMEN & WIREWOMEN

Do you have folders and folders of Excel templates that you painstakingly made by trail and error? They don’t really work when you send them to the client right…? No more. Simply select the right model from our list of templates and deliver professional looking results to your client quickly and efficiently.

And when the client comes back months down the line to ask you to print new labels for them because they added a new device to the outboard patch, you can make the amendment in seconds and impress the hell out of them!

STUDIO OWNERS

If you’re an owner of studio, chances are that you have modified your patchbay many times and had to make less than elegant manual corrections with stickers or felt pen over the existing labelling. Stop that right now! Print new perfectly fitting labels for your patchbay just like it deserves!

If you’re setting up a new facility, then you’re about to find out that all of the patchbays on the market come with nothing more than a little piece of paper that would slide in to the label strip. It’s impractical to manually write on these the amount of information you’ll require. Print elegant labels with PatchCAD!

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