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Subject: Re: Problems with Electronics Workbench - timestep errors
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Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 05:58:42 GMT
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> It has been *much* improved over the last two years. See the latest
> screen shot.
> Graph windows were certainly not automated enough. Now its a no brainer.
> > What was annoying me was the at least weekly updates, on a dial-up 1/2
> > hour at night. Each time the bitmap with that guitarplayer K.Aylward
> > The missing help files...
> But the alternative from other vendors is waiting months and months to
> get needed bug fixes. If its a main one that gets reported, I try and
> post a fix within a day. Help files are much improved.
> Ok, I still update *quite* a lot. Even yesterday I added a neat new
> feature. You can now use the docked file browser to place circuit
> sections just as you would a single component.
> > Now it will be better hopefully, the "phantastic filters" was a really
> > step into this direction, where a proper schematic ready for
> simulation is
> > produced.
> > Put even simpler models like this for the beginner, an non/inverting
> > stage single/dual supply ac/dc operation for example; and have the
> > simulation parameters setup to the appropriate values.
> I could make some more generator symbols with single set-ups in them. I
> don't set-up the DC/AC source with a default AC value because this would
> default inject signals into the power lines as well.
> > This should give the beginner an immediate positive result, and the
> > motivation is the most important parameter learning the GUI.
> > Hope this helps explain to you what newcomers might encounter...
> I suppose though that I am not really targeting newbies in
> *electronics*, but rather the newbies and experienced users in *spice*
> itself. SuperSpice is *not* designed as a *teaching* tool for
> electronics. Its designed for someone who already really knows the
> *basics* of *electronics*, but may or may not be that familiar with
> simulation. If you understand the basics of electronics then SS should
> be simple to use.
> Kevin Aylward
I had not seen your homepage for some time, and I have to say I realized you
have changed a lot of things.
The most astonishing is your abandonment of sloppy language(no shit...) as
it was advised by most of the posters in this NG.
You had always vehemently defended this habit, but eventually you have
changed your opinion.
Now another of your rigid ideas is to make this tool absolutely what you
think is "professional". Mouseovers, shortcuts, windows popping up
I also like it, but if it is made this way the newbie will be overwhelmed by
all the features he does not need or doesn't yet know to use. The effect is
he might be driven to one of the simple programs like EWB or Simetrix. And
do not forget, everyone of us had once been in this situation.
Instead have rather simple feedback windows programmed when some setup is
apparently wrong saying: enable this and this, press first this button, no
proper voltage source has been setup, put a gnd symbol, insert the model
I see this also suggested by another poster.
Since the professionals do not make these simple mistakes, they will not be
aware of it even.
Look how BG has developed Windows, now for each and everything there are
these assistants, any serious programmer will hate them, but seemingly the
Newbie loves it and Linux or whatever has not even a chance being for free.
I will play again with the demo version more deeply, to see if there are any
other points, hope you don't mind.
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