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  1. Add Parts List that compares prices from suppliers

    So you can directly purchase components or get the circuit printed.

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    • Specificy zoom location in embedded code

      I want to embedd a larger circuit in my blog, but want to refer to seperate parts of it. Instead of creating multiple circuits, each identical with different thumbnails, it would be better to allow the embed code to specify the zoom? Eg the embeddable code is dynamic based on the current zoom. then all my different embeded circuits can link ot the same circuit on circuit bee.

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        This is definitely planned, and soon. We will improve the embed code block to allow you to set the position and zoom level.

        We are also considering implementing a little bit of JavaScript you can include into your page that will allow you to markup links within your page content that will navigate the embedded schematic to a specific location/zoom/component.

        This should solve all the issues you have listed here.

        Thanks for the suggestions!

      • Downloadable circuits

        The ability to convert to pdf and download the schematic would be awesome to see. On the other hand I really like the idea of circuitbee and see myself using it in the near future

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        • oEmbed Endpoint

          An oEmbed endpoint would be nice (http://www.oembed.com/). It could also save some people the trouble of scraping the page for OpenGraph metadata, saving everyone some bandwidth.

          Aside: I really enjoy this service and hope more people take to using it. Thanks.

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          • No idea, just a "well done" and a "thank you"

            WELL DONE! THANK YOU! This site has made my day! Thanks for thinking it up and actually making it.

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            • Help people master KiCad

              Tell them about....

              http://KiCadHowTo.org

              I've done a page for you there....

              http://kicadhowto.wikidot.com/fq1circb

              ... feel free to "complain"... I mean suggest impovements!

              On your site, you speak of giving people code they can embed in there web pages. Can I embed an example of CircuitBee at work on my page, using one of the "public circuits" as an example of what you do?

              Thanks for considering... and thanks for what CircuitBee does!! I hope Google buys you soon and gives you the money to go on to a new great idea! I'd "speak to them", but I don't think my 5…

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                • Offer membership to raise money!

                  GitHub and similar sites make money by requiring people to host public projects if they're using the free service. So there's one option for fund-raising right away.

                  TypeKit is a subscription-based service that provides web fonts to subscribers. I wonder if you could make CircuitBee work the same way? i.e.: service is free if you just point people to the circuit here on the site (or embed a PNG/PDF), the full embedded browser would require an active subscription.

                  Alternately, stick up a PayPal donation link and see if you can gather enough donations in a year to buy a coffee…

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                    Hi Alex,

                    You are absolutely right, as soon as we’re leaving the alpha stage we will have to find some ways of monetizing the site.

                    A small fee for enabling public embeds of circuits might be good, but it really depends on the users and whether or not we’re providing enough value.

                    We have been planning some advanced features which perhaps would fall under a ‘pro’ account. We’ll have to see how this goes in the days ahead.

                  • Search bar and description, + other

                    I think a public circuit search would be a good idea. A short description about the circuit including parts/quantity used. Also include user review, rating, picture of actual made circuit. Have employees/volunteers go out and find more content. Categories circuits like for arduino and other projects.

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                    • Add an online circuit builder + generic component library

                      change the page to black in order I can work online without lost my eyes!!!!
                      And please continue! this is a great idea.

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                      • include support for gEDA

                        I note your comment here:

                        http://www.circuitbee.com/about

                        "Currently we only support KiCad schematics since we couldn't find good documentation on the file formats used by other software. We intend to expand to other popular schematic capture software ... "

                        gEDA file formats are well documented:

                        http://wiki.geda-project.org/geda:file_format_spec?s[]=file&s[]=formats

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                        • Searching

                          Just an idea. You should be able to find schematics if you enter number/name of the chip, maybe if someone don't like projects with part XYZ would write "-XYZ". Also would be great if you would be able to download just one symbol from the schematics library (KiCAD of course just for start). Now there aren't many special symbols but in the future this place would be great place to find symbols (and I hope footprints later ;) ). About searching - maybe you could implement some "cook book" search.. for example I have chip ABC and DEF and XYZ…

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                          • Browse circuits by category and rating

                            Would like to see circuits by category or tag with ratings e.g robotics, music etc

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                              We’ll be adding this sometime soon, but we want to make sure it integrates nicely with the upcoming Google Site Search.

                              We definitely want categories/tags for schematics, but we’re not yet sure Ratings are the right approach here. Do we really want to rate down ‘bad’ schematics, rather than to show how they can be made into ‘good’ schematics?

                            • create different colour themes for the circuit viewer

                              Users should be able to select which colour scheme they want to use when embedding their schematics, some people prefer the Eagle defaults, others the KiCAD ones. There are bound to be more colour schemes out there too.

                              Perhaps a set of options on the embed code, to select presets or specify each colour individually.

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                              • add search to the viewer

                                It would be great if we could search for specific components within a schematic and zoom in on them or cycle through them. You could search by component name, type, or reference.

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                                • Present your app to FIRST Robotics...

                                  If you haven't heard of FIRST Robotics, check them out: http://www.usfirst.org/. It's a world-wide robotics competition for youth (from primary grades up thru high-school). Wiring the robots can sometimes involve fairly complex circuitry, and being able to share designs with other teams and mentors would be helpful. The big FRC competitions begin in April/March each year, if you were able to get your links included in the distribution packages that go out to every team, you could gain thousands of new views over night! (FYI: I don't work for FIRST or any affiliate, but I'm a mentor for my…

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                                  • riview stuff before it goes live

                                    I don't want to be funny, nice idea but there is some crap in here already and you have hardly started. I suggest you riview submissions before letting them on. A method of uploading code would also be nice as all MCU designs are out otherwise

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                                    • Versions of Circuits

                                      I don't know if that is a good idea, but I would find it great to have a system where I can put multiple versions of a circuit, because sometimes there are small mistakes. So it would be good, if there is a slider which you can move to browse old versions.

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                                        Hi Leo,

                                        Yes this is definitely planned. We just recently added support to upload new versions of a schematic. We just need to build an interface to allow you to browse through older versions of the schematic as well.

                                        This is possibly going to be a pro feature, though we’re not yet sure.

                                        Please let us know what you think.

                                      • Website errors

                                        I need a real email address to send you screenshots of various issues I am seeing throughout the website please.

                                        Like, as example, the first time I try to use feedback it thanks me for the message I have not been given a chance to enter yet.

                                        The second time, I tried to type into the subject line, and the whole thing became white overlaying what I had typed plus more,.

                                        And the homepage's header is screwed up bad, even the FAQ's can't be clicked on.

                                        I'll stop there until we open up a dialog via legitimate email method...

                                        Thanks…

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                                            We are considering a new interface for the symbol libraries list.

                                            We need to determine if users are actually reusing the existing libraries, or just always uploading a library specific to each schematic. If the latter then the current interface is unnecessary. But if the former, then we probably need to find a better layout for the libraries.

                                            Alphabetical listing is definitely a possibility.

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