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Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
References: <931g9.85458$Jo.22439@rwcrnsc53> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Electronics Workbench vs CircuitMaker
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Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 16:11:34 +0100
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"fred bartoli" wrote in message
> dan a écrit dans le message :
> > I would like to get feedback from anyone who knows which of these
> > are better.
> > I'm a licensed user of CircuitMaker (old old version) and am looking
> > $600.00 price tag to upgrade to CircuitMaker 2000. Then I look at
> > Electronics Workbench and they can export to PADs. Since I do
> > capture when I design my boards, I want to be able to export the
> > someone who uses his own licensed copy of PADs to do my boards. My
> > purchase Electronics Workbench will be $1000+ and it looks as though
> > does not include simulation. My first experience with Electronics
> > years ago was so bad I sent it back to them.
> > Any knowledgeable feedback would be appreciated.
> > Thank You
> I once had EWB (release 4 IIRC) installed on my PC, 2 years ago. It
> 3 days to perfectly hate it and definitly uninstall it.
> Among all, the schematic tool was the worst I ever seen and the
> library "somewhat" limited and inaccurate.
> I was told that it greatly improved over the last releases, but I
> so bad that I doubt it has reach a good level of usability.
> I also consider the usefulness of exporting simulation schematics as
> netlist as nothing more than a marketing argument. Except for the
> simple ones, simulation schematics are often pretty much, if not
> different from board schematics.
A good point. Even though SuperSpice can generate various PCB netlists
from full nested hierarchical schematics, the GUI is designed totally
from an analogue designers point of view, not a layout designer. The PCB
netlist feature is really just an add on.
The exception to the idea presented here is in IC design. Here the
simulation schematic *is* the schematic for layout. Its the only way to
make sure that the layout and schematic match exactly.
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
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