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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.




Easily Overlooked Features - Summer 2006


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

Apply Display Properties Command
When a component is placed in the schematic, it will get its initial display properties from settings in the Schematic Properties dialog box and the Component Editor. The individual display settings of the component can then be edited within its Attribute dialog box. In some cases, it can be useful to apply the display settings of a component to the other instances of the component that exist within the schematic. The Apply Display Properties command provides the ability to do this for the location, visibility, font, and color of the attribute text, the color of the component, and the settings for the display options.

To apply a component's properties to other instances, make sure that the component is selected. Then go to the Edit menu, click on Change, and select Apply Display Properties. The dialog box below will appear:

Apply Display Properties dialog box

The following options are available:

Attribute Show/Hide and Location: When enabled, the visibility and location of the attribute text will be copied to other instances of the part. Each component has eight possible rotations. When the All Rotations checkbox is enabled, it will apply to every instance of the part. When the All Rotations option is disabled, only the instances that have the same rotation will be affected.

Copy Color/Font: When enabled, the component color and attribute text font and color will be copied to all other instances of the part in the schematic.

Display Options: When enabled, the enable/disable settings for the display options (current, power, condition, pin markers, pin names, and pin numbers) will be copied to all other instances of the part in the schematic.

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