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Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
Subject: Re: Problems with Electronics Workbench - timestep errors
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Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2002 19:13:56 +0100
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"Roger Johansson" wrote in message
> email@example.com (Gibbo) wrote:
> >Lots of people came forward to defend EWB. As far as I'm
> >concerend they haven't tried it. It is simply a piece of crap. It
> >simulate anything reliably more complicated than a few resistors.
> I basically agree with that, but is has the best user interface, which
> other programmers should take a look at to see how easy it could be to
> use a spice simulator if the user interface is well designed.
I still have to disagree with this.
> >I then downloaded LTSpice and Superspice. I've been very happy with
> >them so I know it's not me that's at fault.
> >They're not as easy or as intuitive to use as EWB
> I agree, and that is the only point I want to make here.
> EWB *has* a very good user interface.
What *specifically* is good about it? Every time I have tried it, it
seems a nightmare to use.
> And these other programs could have been even better if they had
> learned user interface strategy from ewb. A simple to use UI would be
> no hinder for a technically much better program.
Maybe the target audiance is at issue.
I have setup SuperSpice to do what I, as analogue engineer, usually
requires when simulating 40 hours a day.
You don't need to use a wire button. Drawing automatically starts on
pins and ends on pins or mid sections of wires. There is a row of
buttons to quickly enable/disable run types. Another button row for
displaying relevant text files. Adding additional models is piss easy.
You just simple drag and drop a file containing models from Windows
Explorer, the models show up in a list in the docked file folder
browser. For standard spice parts, double clicking on the model name
will place the symbol for that model as SuperSpice automatically figures
out the correct symbol. For .subckt, it will popup a dialog to let you
browse and attach existing symbols. It has a dialog where you can load
in the model pin list and then auto create a block symbol. Getting a
data readout is a no brainer, simple move the mouse over the graph
waveform and it locks on to it, and displays in the docked data readout
window. There is no requirement to drag cursors i.e. holding down mouse
buttons is a real pain. Simple test point drag to pins or wires, or
alt-click on pin, wire or device itself for power. Enabled runs (AC TRAN
NOISE etc) automatically displayed in the tabed windows etc....
Honestly, I use SuperSpice all the time, I could not imagine using
another simulator now. hey are just to clumsy, imo.
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
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