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From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: Electronics Workbench vs CircuitMaker
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 08:46:35 -0700
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On Thu, 12 Sep 2002 13:57:25 GMT, "dan" wrote:
>I would like to get feedback from anyone who knows which of these packages
>I'm a licensed user of CircuitMaker (old old version) and am looking at the
>$600.00 price tag to upgrade to CircuitMaker 2000. Then I look at
>Electronics Workbench and they can export to PADs. Since I do schematic
>capture when I design my boards, I want to be able to export the Netlist to
>someone who uses his own licensed copy of PADs to do my boards. My cost to
>purchase Electronics Workbench will be $1000+ and it looks as though that
>does not include simulation. My first experience with Electronics Workbench
>years ago was so bad I sent it back to them.
>Any knowledgeable feedback would be appreciated.
Hey, we need a club for people who have returned EWB.
I use the low-end CircuitMaker for simulation, and it's OK. The
schematic editor sucks. PadsLogic is the best schematic editor I've
ever used: it makes beautiful schematics and understands that a
circuit is more than just a bunch of line segments on a screen.
We use PADS for PCB layout: PadsLogic for schematic entry, and
PadsPerform for the boards. They are very closely integrated (shared
libraries, back annotation, stuff like that) so I doubt that your
layout people would appreciate a 'foreign' netlist file, even if it is
nominally in PADS format. If you don't have the actual pads part
library working with the schematic editor, you can get into all sorts
I don't know about how others work, but I never simulate all of a
circuit board... just small pieces whose performance I can't predict.
Most boards I don't simulate at all. So it's no big deal for me to
simulate in Circuit Maker and then enter the 'real' schematic in PADS.
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