[sdiy] Online Power sim tools versus spice ...or TI versus LINEAR

Dan Snazelle subjectivity at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 28 17:22:53 CET 2015


Ok good so it's not just me !!

I was so confused(where are the tools!!)

Maybe I need to (groan ) buy a copy of Windows and a copy of bootcamp 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 28, 2015, at 4:44 AM, Mattias Rickardsson <mr at analogue.org> wrote:
> 
> LTspice on OS X is quirky, on Windows it's manageable.
> 
> Having undo on F9 is weird, but having no tool buttons on OS X is just stupid. Why make the UI much worse than on Windows? Having to look for everything via right-click on a system that doesn't really have right-click... I don't get it. :-)
> 
> /mr
> Ok good to know
> LTspice was the first OS X spice I had tried and yes...it's weird to get used to 
> 
> Thnx 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Nov 27, 2015, at 7:41 PM, Walker Shurlds <walkershurlds at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I'm actually about 50% LTspice via wine in Debian and 50% ngspice right now. Ngspice (which is terminal only, so I assume there's a way to get OSX to handle it) because I like to be able to invoke it when I'm ssh'd into my main box, and also in theory I can write bash scripts that invoke it (which of course had never happened). And also because LTSpice has some really bizarre quirks (undo is F9, seriously?) despite being really powerful.
>> 
>> Anyway, I think LTSpice might have a steeper learning curve than others because of quirks but now that I already have a billion models I downloaded that I know it's happy with I'm probably stuck with it.
>> 
>> Walker
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 6:26 PM, Justin Herrmann <ebn303afxcut at email.com> wrote:
>>> I use LTSpice with OSX (w/ Wine) all the time. Linear has also come out with LTSpice specifically for OSX, but I haven't tried it yet. And LTSpice is good as a general purpose Spice simulator, not just for Linear's power ICs.
>>> 
>>> Justin 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Dan Snazelle <subjectivity at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> You know for more than a year now I've been using TIs online power search tools and simulators
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Ultimately this has still kept my from learning spice
>>>> 
>>>> (As I mainly use Java based simulators when I need to try out an idea quickly )
>>>> 
>>>> But after having really great conversation with a linear representative last week, i'm think I might be better off using linear's parts
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> The main stumbling block so far has just been the decidedly non OSX rich environment of the Linear (and probrably all ) spice software ...so keyboard command oriented
>>>> 
>>>> Which is fine I guess but ultimately it's all about time
>>>> 
>>>> So oh experts tell me
>>>> 
>>>> Will I be better off with TI or linear for figuring out power stuff ??
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> It's obvious that for power you need better analysis tools
>>>> 
>>>> So spice seems at least more open
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks for the opinions
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
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