I was in the same search several weeks earlier, only on the Mac platform. I finally settled down with the circtuitikz, and found it intuitive to work with.
I abandoned previous choice Circuit_Macro simply because CircuitTiKz suit my workflow, that means I don't want to have too much compile work.
My current workflow look likes this, although on Mac system, but I would like to see alternatives on other systems, and just share with you my personal experience on drawing circuit diagrams, yes, for illustrating students how to solve them.
Write codes in LaTexit and see previews (no compile like Circuit Macro), can see the result and modify quick! That saves time a lot!
Drag the preview as PDF to OmniGraffle (A paid program like Visio, The OmniGraffle file is like a library for my circuits 4)
When Ineed to put it to Latex, I double click the circuit in OmniGraffle
and copy the codes. (The equation are linked with OmniGraffle, such
that the codes generating the circuits are preserved). That's very
- When I need to put it to slides, I copy it as PDF to
keynotes or powerpoints.
For me, I think it works well. The screen capture shows an example of double clicking the linked file to bring back the codes and the preview (the embedded image itself is a pdf generated by LatexIt and dragged to the OmniGraffle canvas)