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Spectrum Software has released Micro-Cap 11, the eleventh generation of our SPICE circuit simulator.

For users of previous Micro-Cap versions, check out the new features available in the latest version. For those of you who are new to Micro-Cap, take our features tour to see what Micro-Cap has to offer.

 

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Easily Overlooked Features

 

This section is designed to highlight one or two features per issue that may be overlooked because they are not made visually obvious with an icon or a menu item.

Panning
In a large schematic you sometimes want to view a different part. If it is near the currently displayed part, the easiest way to see it is panning and the easiest way to do that is to drag while holding the right mouse button down. This moves the window view. It's like dragging a sheet of paper across a desk.

Rotating a Part with the Mouse or Spacebar
The easiest way to rotate a part is through the mouse or spacebar instead of the Rotate menu item. To rotate a component upon initial placement in the schematic:

1) Choose the component that is to be placed.
2) Click and hold down the left mouse button to place the component on the schematic.
3) Hit the right mouse button or the spacebar to rotate the component through its eight possible orientations while holding the left mouse button down.
To rotate a component that has already been placed in the schematic:

1) Enable Select mode.
2) Click on the component using the left mouse button and hold the left mouse button down. The component should change to its select color.
3) Hit the right mouse button or the spacebar to rotate the component through its eight possible orientations while holding the left mouse button down.

Drag Copy
The drag copy feature is a simplified method to performing a copy and paste. It uses the following procedure:

1) Select a circuit object or region to be duplicated.
2) Press CTRL and drag on any item in the selected area. Once the drag operation has begun, the CTRL key may be released.
3) Release the left mouse button to place the copy.
The original objects are left in the same place, but the copy is dragged along with the mouse. The part names are all incremented in this operation, but everything else will remain the same (with the possible exception of grid text depending on whether Text Increment is enabled in the Preferences dialog box). This feature may be used with any element in the schematic such as components, wires, graphic objects, flags, or text. CTRL+Z will undo a drag copy operation.

 
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