Ah, understand, no I don't think Kicad is exactly what you need. I think your problem will be getting symbols for any of the free programs. This is a tough one. I will just leave a reference to CAD in general, more reference to myself really when I find this topic in 6 months and wonder what I did.
That link is a good reference, but it will take some time to completely mine it.
I decided to take a big Jump when starting with Linux and looked for CAD programs, I have purchased VariCAD which is 3D and I have come to like it but unless you are a mechanical engineer the symbol's are real problem. I have used it semi architectural and it really is not meant for that so I have had to create my own structural members and symbols.
You might want to look at Ashampoo. There is a free version, and, if I recall correctly, it is architectural.
My purchase decision was based on that the program would work in pclos2009 and it did, I have had some fun getting to work in pclos2010-kde but in hindsight a bit of a laugh. I did learn a lot though when you go outside the Synaptic method of installing.
Every time I install a tar ball I need to go to the internet for instructions.
VariCAD was a planned learning exercise like moving to Linux also was a learning exercise. Like you I am retired and got really put off MS when Vista came out and I sort of got forced to look at using this.
Of course I am now stuck with a few programs that I can not use in Linux but so be it. Many programs for general use are available and it is more the investment in time to reprogram yourself that is sobering. When starting in Linux I was well aware of this and also that I was likely to get hooked, that has come to pass too. I have had lots of fun learning pclos which I was lucky enough to get onto after 12 months abouts using Mepis.
I know what you mean. The more I work with PCLOS the more I like it over Windows. It does have its idiosyncrasies which must be learned, but it is much more stable than Windows. Like you, I'm stuck with a few Windows programs like Quicken so I need to keep Windows XP running in a dual boot configuration. I'm also gradually winning over a friend who has a small computer business on the side. Using PCLOS and used computer parts he was able to put together a complete computer (i.e. computer, monitor, keyboard, & mouse) with an operating system and an office suite. (OpenOffice.org) The customer paid $250 for it which included Darren's profit and a $50 bird dog fee for me. Try to legally do that with Windows and MS Office.
But it has taken me away from "all those other interests" I was planning to spend my retirement on.
Being retired, I have all kinds of time to do things, but no money to do them with. Playing on the computer is relatively inexpensive as long as I stay away from commercial software. Oh well, the weather forecast indicates that tomorrow might be a good day to go drown some worms. That will at least get me out of the house.
Are you planning to 3D visualisation too? Or is it just to make neat documentation drawings of circuit layouts.
3D might be fun to play around with, but I have no definite plans at this time. Right now I would like to assist a friend with a good schematic for a custom vehicle he is working on. He has more money for his hobbies than I do.
Thanks for your comments.