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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Maxwell, Feb 13, 2007.

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  1. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    I'm a beginner that would like to start 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 of changing later. But the what are the odds I would ever
    outgrow LT Spice?

    Thanks for your thoughts guys, I really appreciate it,

  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    It doesn't get much easier than LTSpice. You can do schematic entry. Ok,
    maybe I am biased because I grew up in a time when text entry was the
    only modus operandi for simulations. And I still use the slide rule...
  3. Fred Bartoli

    Fred Bartoli Guest

    Joerg a écrit :
    Slide rule... hmmm
    Do you still use the old text one (log table) or did you take the plunge
    and switched to that incredibly modern graphic one with a cursor? :)
  4. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    The old saying:
    One thing that's constant is change...

    I say start with LTSpice and then try something else when needed.

    You could read the replies I got when I posted:
    Do Designers Do Spice Hopping?

    D from BC
  5. go with LT spice, and checkout the LTspice yahoo group, if you are not
    happy, ask for your money back :)
    I have a feeling that LTspice will outgrow you, if you are just a

  6. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I've got two tables. Almost mil-spec with embedded washable dust covers
    so coffee and beer stains wipe right off. Then several modern ones with
    cursor. The one I use the most is the "Aristo Scholar VS". I don't own a
    rotational one though like Jim does. Well, my wife does but it is for
    gynecological ultrasound.
  7. Tom Bruhns

    Tom Bruhns Guest

    I attended a seminar given by the person who developed LTSpice, and
    who maintains it, a couple weeks ago. We got to learn a lot about the
    history of Spice and the things he's done to make it the best Spice
    around. I'd say it's unlikely you'll find a better one, if you
    consider everything, and highly unlikely you'll find one with support
    that's as good. Companies that try to make a living selling Spice
    will never have the resources to invest in it as does a company like
    Linear Technology that needs a good, stable simulation program to do
    their in-house designs on. In addition, it's unlikely you'll find
    another one that has anywhere near as active and helpful a user's
    group as LT spice does.

    If something else works better for you, by all means go for it, but if
    I were you, I'd want to make sure I was actually getting a better
    product--one that actually did more for me--before I spent any money
    on it.

  8. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    Thanks a lot for your input guys, I really apprecate it.

    I don't mind spending 100 or so if it would benefit me, but it doesn't sound
    like it would.
  9. John

    John Guest

    I paid for Visual Spice about 4 or 5 years ago. I had lots of trouble with
    it. I went to LT Spice and I have never looked back.

  10. qrk

    qrk Guest

    In spite of LTspice being free, it is a quality Spice program. The
    Spice solver is on par, or better, than the high cost programs. Added
    bonus, LTspice accepts PSpice syntax. If you use LTspice, get the
    PSpice Reference Guide which can be found on the Internet as a PDF
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