Why do you need 3D realistic components for circuit analysis?!? Should just need a schematic, right?Thanks for the leads, a lot of the issues mentioned would not be an issue for my intended use of basic circuit analysis.
I really need good GUI and optional ability to have 3D realistic components would be good.
I am talking basic entry level.
That's very interesting. Knowing that there are lots of different learning styles and many ways to view any given problem, of course I believe you on this point. Nevertheless, it's really hard for me to think of it as you describe it.As far as 3D goes it can really help novices seeing the physical circuit on the bench and then creating it in the SIM. Schematics are a higher level of abstraction that can be a huge barrier to some learners.
To me, for anything except maybe battery, resistor, and capacitor, the physical object feels more abstract and non intuitive than the schematic symbol. Nearly every transistor looks the same, whether BJT, MOSFET, Darlington, NPN or PNP, etc, while they all have meaningfully unique symbols so they can be distinguished and understood. Likewise for DIP packages. I don't know if I'm looking at a timer chip, a logic gate, or an op amp when I see a physical chip, but their schematic symbols are clear and precise.
I'm not an engineer at all - this is just a fun hobby. Schematics just always made more sense to me, even in the very, very beginning... but again, I'm not saying this is right or wrong. I just find it interesting the way different people see things and approach problems.Not everyone is a successful engineer.
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