From: Mike <>
Subject: Re: Problems with Electronics Workbench - timestep errors -
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 21:54:57 -0500
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Just my thoughts as a newbie end user.
After seeing, from the responces here, that EWB is basically a pile
and should probably be marketed by Microsoft, I went to check out the
Superspice demo to see if maybe it would do a better job for me. As I
said earlier, I know nothing about simulators or spice. I saw this on
the pricing/description page.
"The Initial Install/Trial/Demo version has a top level save limit of
around 30 spice netlist lines, and around 20 components in the next
depth of the hierarchy, but has all features of all versions."
"Huh?" I have no idea if those are severe limitations or not. I might
be able to figure out if the prog is any good with only 20 components,
if that's what it really means, but who knows what the other
limitations are all about. I figured I've wasted enough time &
bandwidth downloading demos that turned out to have so many
limitations that I couldn't get a reasonable idea how the real prog
would perfom, so I pretty much decided it probably wasn't worth the
time and trouble. Then I saw this.
"Licensee must request a new password file if the computer hardware
is changed. However, new passwords will be provided free of charge.
The licensee may have more then one concurrent password file, e.g.
office, home and laptop password files. The software is licensed to
the licensee, not the computer on which the software is running."
Now ait a minute, let me make sure I got this right, it's licensed to
me, and not the computer and I have beg for a new password if I change
computers or finally get a computer for the bench. Ok, I'm confused.
This is when I said naa, never mind. If it's going to be licensed to
me, just give me the damn password for it and be done with it. I
wonder what happens if the author decides he doesn't want to mess with
it anymore, Or simplw doesn't respond to a request for a password
file? Hmm, I don't need those headaches again! Sorry about ranting,
but it's a pet peeve after getting burned once. I'll stick with
SwitcherCad, it's not the easiest prog in the world to use, but it
works well and you certainly can't beat the price. Btw, How do I add
parts to SwitcherCad? Ahh, Just kidding.
I've done enough programming in my time to realize how much effort
goes into a major program like Superspice, but as an end user I have
to look out for number one.
I once tried out a really nice filter design prog and was looking
forward to getting the real thing. I went back to the web site to
register, credit card in hand, and found out that if the system
crashed and I had to reload his prog, I had to email for a new
password, and that I could only do that once. I don't think so, Tim.
After all this is a windows program. That, I thought is absurd! He
lost one sale that I know of due to his paranoia.
Btw, Roger is absolutely correct. The UI is very important to someone
like myself and I'l guarantee you there are a whole lot more potential
customers like me(newbie) than there are experts.