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News:

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 - Spring 2015

 

We are reprinting this article about the Localize command because it is an obscure but very important command.

Localize command:

Ever had to send a circuit to a colleague and had trouble sending the necessary files? Well there's an easy way to do it using the Localize command.

First some background: When you select an analysis, Micro-Cap accesses electrical modeling information for any parts in the circuit that require models. How does it do this? It searches for the modeling information (model parameter lists, model statements, subcircuits, or macro statements) in the following order:

Local Search within the circuit:

In the grid text or text area
In the file named in the File attribute (if the device has one).
In one or more files named in a .LIB filename statement.
In any files named in the NOM.LIB of the folder specified for the last used LIBRARY path.
In any files named in the NOM.LIB statement found in any path from a .PATH LIBRARY
command within the circuit.

Global Search using library paths:

In any files named in the NOM.LIB statement found in any path from File menu / Paths / Model Library and Include Files. If more than one path is specified, it searches them in left to right order.

For example, consider this path:

C:\Micro-Cap\LIBRARY ; D:\OTHER ; E:\ELSEWHERE In this example, the search starts in C:\Micro-Cap\LIBRARY, then proceeds to D:\OTHER. Finally E:\ELSEWHERE is searched.

Because Micro-Cap first searches locally in the circuit, you can use the Localize command to place the needed model data within the circuit making it easier to send the circuit in a single file to your colleague.

 

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