Which simulator has the best tutorials?

Discussion in 'Electronics Resources' started by BR-549, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. BR-549

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    Hello all. I have never used a circuit simulator before. After reading a bunch of hype, I downloaded tina ti 9. The quick user guide and the manual are terrible. Many inaccurate steps and can not be followed. And no support from ti. Which simulator has the most accurate and complete documentation? I don't mind hard to learn, and I don't mind an older version....so it fits the docs. I can not learn with a non existent example. Someone free me from pen and paper.
     
  2. timwhite

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  3. Alec_t

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    LTspice (a free download from Linear Technology) has comprehensive Help (although somewhat terse) and a bunch of examples. And there's a Yahoo LTS User Group wich can provide assistance plus many third-party simulation models.
     
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  4. crutschow

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    If you want something that's free then you are somewhat limited. ;)

    Many on these forums use LTspice, a free download from Linear Technology. Its tutorial and help files are reasonably good and it has many example simulation files that you can experiment with. There's also a User's Group on Yahoo which can be helpful. As with any Spice simulator the initial learning curve can be a little step so you need some patience to get started. But I think you'll find it's well worth the effort.

    Edit: Alec beat me to the punch. :)
     
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  5. BR-549

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    Thank you all. After trying those and several others, I WILL stick to pen and paper. I thought a sim would help explain circuit operation......but that is way to cumbersome and time consuming. The Falstad site has a lot of fine examples that I can use. I'm satisfied and thank you all.
     
  6. crutschow

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    A simulator won't really help explain circuit operation much, but it allows you to experiment with the electronic theory that you learn. It's like a lab at school to demonstrate what you've learned.

    For example you learn about RLC circuit series and parallel resonance, and then you can see the actual result of this resonance in a simulator circuit while playing with the various circuit values to see how the resonance changes. That's a lot easier (and cheaper) than building the circuit. Just an example.
     
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  7. Brownout

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    Choose "edit" then "delete" choose "delete the message" radio buttin. Then click "delete this message" at the bottom.
     
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  8. raumut

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    easy answer ;)

    in my eyes eagle offers the best tutorial and help section. there are so many resources for their simulator and the whole software: check it out:
    http://www.cadsoftusa.com/training/
     
  9. crutschow

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    They do have a simulator available but I don't think it's free.
     
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