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Book Recommendations for OrCAD (10.3)

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  1. Guest

    I am trying to learn OrCAD v 10.3, and am considering the following

    "Introduction to PSpice Using OrCAD for Circuits and Electronics",
    Third Edition,
    by Muhammad H. Rashid
    Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (July 25, 2003)

    Do you know if this book does a good job explaining how to use it
    compared to other sources of information, or in terms of subject
    approach? For example, have you picked it up and read it, and found it
    helpful? Does it cover important features required get results, e.g.
    how to add device specific spice models; running simulations with user
    defined input signal sources, and so on?

    Locally I haven't yet discovered a store that it in stock so I could
    evaluate it beforehand. It does not appear to cover OrCAD 10.3 (June,
    2004) based on the pub date.

    Do you have book recommendations for learning this version (10.3) tool,
    or would be a good general selection? Perhaps online tutorials would be
    better (pointers?). Your comments appreciated.
  2. Guest

    *Amusing footnote follow-up to this post. I checked Barnes and Nobels
    online, which had the following review regarding text, "Introduction to
    PSpice Using OrCAD for Circuits and Electronics" by Muhammad H. Rashid:

    "A reviewer, December 17, 2003, 1 out of 5 stars
    Not as advertised
    The book is filled with examples using Microsim, not ORCAD. The author
    must have had an old edition using Microsim and decided to publish
    again. Therefore he quickly put out the same book with a title that
    doesn't match. This book is useless for learning OrCAD."

    All of this after seeing his credentials as stated from
    "Muhammad H. Rashid received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering
    from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the
    M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK."

    There are two additional lengthy paragraphs that follow discussing Dr.
    Rashid's background. The contents address that Rashid is an
    international scholar (holding professorship at six different
    universities), examiner of technical papers in foreign sovereignties
    and nations, technical consultant on contract proposals for
    determination of award status and so on.
    cornerstone work on the topic. ;-) Wow -- good thing I did not just
    order online before investigating more thoroughly first! On the other
    hand, I have yet to review it myself, so perhaps this review on
    was misleading as well. Comments?
  3. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest


    Have you used other schematic capture programs in the past? SPICE programs?

    If so, you can get along fine with OrCAD's own documentation. It is pretty
    piss poor, IMO, but it does get the job done... most of the time.

    If SPICE is what you're after, using Linear's LTSpice (aka SwitcherCAD III) is
    probably a better place to go -- you'll get far more support from the Yahoo!
    users group about it than you ever will get from Cadence about the basics of
    how to get started.
  4. Guest

    Well, I took a quick look at Linear's LTSpice (aka SwitcherCAD III),
    and it appears to be free, which is interesting. Thanks BTW. As time
    goes by, I'll take second and third looks to try and see if it can
    provide solutions that I'm after. I'm not big on Yahoo groups because I
    think USENET holds the trump in that regard.

    I have already committed a great deal of effort into OrCAD, and it
    seems that it is a good selection of a tool in that it provides an
    aweful lot of different functionalities to assist the designer. OTOH if
    not for the fact that thousands of pages of documentation, means that
    it takes some self-starter motivation, there would be no hope for
    learning. AFAIK this is par for documentation esp for products that
    represent mgmts decision to push it through the door. Rome wasn't built
    in a day! Wolfram research and Mathematica being one of the few
    exceptions -- absolutely splendid documentation for anyone with the
    attention span to read it.
  5. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Sure. For the price, it's a wonderful tool.
    Yeah, I agree, but unfortunately a lot of newer Internet users have never
    heard of Usenet and hence Yahoo! has some groups that really don't have a
    parallel on Usenet. (Google of course has their own "discussion groups" that
    ARE Usenet-based, which is nice. Too bad Yahoo! had to go and "roll their
    My impression (and this is for the 9.2 documentation, BTW) is that they
    employed a bunch of writers who have very little or no experience actually
    using schematic or PCB layout software to write the manuals. From afar,
    everything is reasonably well organized and professional looking, but there
    just isn't much "meat" in what's presented: There's a lot of repetition, and a
    lot of somewhat circular explanations, e.g., "Cancel button: Pressing this
    button cancels the dialog." Well, no duh... It really does come off as
    someone doing their best to describe what happens when you invoke a particular
    command, but really having no understanding of exactly why one might be
    motivated to do so in the first place.

    Years ago I used Protel for awhile and while the manuals from the company
    themselves was quite good, someone had taken it upon himself to write his own
    manual, which we purchased and which was even better. OrCAD could benefit
    from similar treatment -- it would come out to about 1/4 the pages as well,

    Good luck!

    ---Joel Kolstad
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