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Industrial Strength Simulation




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.




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.

Control + Drag
There is probably no easier way of creating new circuit parts than the use of the control-drag copying method. It is such a simple and elegant method that once you use it, you'll never use the old methods again.

It works this way: Press the CTRL key and drag on an object. Drag and drop the resulting copy. For instance, press the CTRL key and drag on a diode. A copy of the diode is made and attached to the mouse. Drag it to where its needed and drop into position. No need to select the part from a menu. No need to specify its parameters. Just drag and drop.

If the part is a resistor and you need to change its value, then, after dropping the part, double click on it and enter the new value. It's easier than selecting it from a menu.

You can do the same with text. Drag a piece of text. Double click on it and edit. This is especially useful if the new text is similar to the old and requires minimal editing.

Note that MC6 will increment text to avoid generating duplicate node names. It will only do this for text that is a possible node name (doesn't contain spaces or other illegal characters). So large blocks of text with spaces never get incremented.

You can also drag and drop entire sections of a circuit. It works the same way.
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