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LT Spice or Visual Spice?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Maxwell, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    I'm a rank amateur that would like to begin learning a simulation package to
    aid my understand of basic electronics. I have spent a great deal of time
    searching the archives, and reading comments on sim software, and decided I
    would like to go with either LT Spice or Visual Spice. Right now I can get
    Visual Spice Advanced for $98. Would it be worth it to me in the long run,
    or should I just go with LT Spice since it's free. If it's likely I would
    want to upgrade someday, I'd rather spend the money to begin with, and avoid
    the learning curve. But the what are the odds I would ever outgrow LT Spice?

    Thanks for your thoughts guys, I really appreciate it,

  2. IME get the free one and use it as a learning tool. Once you are up to speed
    you will know what to look for in a simulator.
  3. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    Well that was indeed my first thought. But if I am EVER going to want
    something more, and Visual would suffice for the long term, I would prefer
    to start with it. We invest a lot of time learning and individual programs,
    and the learning curve of changing later could make that $98 look cheap. So
    I though I would put the question to the experts, because I don't now the
    ultimate possibilities of either product. LT Spice might do a lot more than
    I would EVER need.
  4. Puckdropper

    Puckdropper Guest

    Don't just learn the software. Learn what you're doing with the
    software. That makes switching easier. I haven't used many electronics
    programs, but an example I can think of is switching between web
    browsers. Since I know what I want to do in the web browser (say View
    Page Source or Download a file rather than open it) it's easy to switch
    between IE, Mozilla, Firefox, and Opera.


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