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Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
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Subject: Re: Problems with Electronics Workbench - timestep errors
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Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 07:47:00 +0100
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"The little lost angel" wrote in
> On Mon, 7 Oct 2002 19:13:56 +0100, "Kevin Aylward"
> >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
> That's a good feature, I very much like it actually... except I
> haven't figure out how to tell SuperSpice if I want the wire to jump
> over or to connect.
> >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
> Embarrassingly enough, I've got less than no brains.
> >waveform and it locks on to it, and displays in the docked data
> >window. There is no requirement to drag cursors i.e. holding down
> >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
> >NOISE etc) automatically displayed in the tabed windows etc....
> I downloaded SuperSpice and attempt to make a beginner's comparison
> with the other I used (I think it's Edison).
> I made a AC/DC diode rectifer connected to a resistor. Okay, it was a
> lot easier to make that in SuperSpice.
> But last I remembered, in the "object-oriented" program, I drag an
> oscilloscope into place, drag wires from the resistors to
> oscilloscope, click the switch and viola, oscilloscope shows a
This makes it difficult to probe around, after the fact.
> For the past half an hour, I haven't got anywhere close to any data
> read out on SuperSpice. I could drop a test point... but have no idea
> where does it go... on the resistor? On the ends?
If the test point pin is on a bit of wire it displays the voltage on
that wire. If the pin is on a device pin it displays the device pin
current. It the pin is on the device itself it displays the power.
You should have ran some of the examples first. I always do this when
checking out other packages.
> Okay so I tried both... hit RUN... hmm, a couple of cryptic windows
> about xspice... then a window full of binary codes... nothing.
You obviously had an error in the circuit. Did you place a ground?. This
is why you should run examples first to get a feel of what is going on.
No program is fool proof. You can still wire up a circuit that wont
> Okay, let's try adding a graph... got a graph sitting on the
> schematic... no idea how to link it to a test point... help file not
> very clear... nevermind, let's delete the graph and try again.
You don't need to do this if the run has no errors. Adding manual graphs
is somthing that you can do after you get the feel of what is going on.
> It took me five minutes to delete it (the instructions in the help
> file didn't work), and I still have no idea how I did either.
Click on in top horizontal area of the graph, and press delete. There is
a grab region like the top part of any Windows window.
> I tried following the help files but so far, the only thing I managed
> to get is a straight line gently sloping down from 200V to 300V DC
> sweep. *shrugz* :P
> Could it be possible to pop up contextual sub menus with the right
> click, ie right click on graph pops up "Link to test point... ",
> right click on junction of two wires pops "Switch between jump or
> connect" ?
> It would make it a lot easier for newbies to figure how to use it.
Ahmm....If the circuit runs correctly, *everything* is automated.
First things first.
Load an example e.g. diffamp.sss.
Press the blue "R" run button.
Magic then occurs.
Several tabbed graph windows will be automatically created, one for each
run type, e.g. AC, DC, noise, TRAN. One graph will be automatically
switched/tabbed to. Move the mouse to the waveform and it will lock on
to it. Its data will be read out in the bottom docked readout dialog.
Tabbing to the other windows will allow you to see their data.
If you now move the test points, all graphs will read the new data. You
can also alt-click on wires, pins, device.
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
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