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Easy vector graphics in Eagle with Illustrator

Eagle is a great PCB designing software. But if you need to do some fancy graphics like specially shaped outline you will get stuck. Why not leave drawing tasks for other programs that are designed for. In this helpful tutorial you will learn how to draw complex shapes with Illustrator and then import it to Eagle. Tutorial explains how to add anchor to lines so Eagle wouldn’t approximate curves with straight lines. The other process is easy – Export image to DXF R13 on Illustrator and then import to Eagle by using modified ULP script.

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Free fast and useful java based circuit simulator

Sometimes it is better to see one time than try to imagine things – especially in electronics. When trying to design something in electronics, probably it is a best way to take some sort of circuit simulator and make a simple model of it to see how it works before putting in to real worlds design. If you want to make quite complex circuit simulations, you probably should choose professional Spice based electronic circuit simulation tools. But what if you need a simple “pocket sized„ simulator that would remind you simple basics how circuits work, how current flows in one or another situation. For this you should try this Java based circuit simulator. IT can be run directly on the web page or downloaded and started locally. It takes very little space, but has many useful features including: Lots of premade circuits that are ready to run; Customizable animated simulation where you can select current speed, simulation speed or other specific parameters; Scope views; Ability to build your own circuits. Of course it can’t beat the real simulators, but can serve as quick checklist on how things work. This java based circuit simulator seems to be updated constantly with new…

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Setup AVR Eclipse plugin to work with WinAVR

Probably many of you (including me) are using Programmers Notepad or AVR Studio to set up AVR projects. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages. For instance Programmers Notepad is great GUI, but there are lots of manual routines required to start compiling project – like setting up makefile, creating file dependencies, etc. AVR Studio is a great solution which generates makefiles automatically, and it has great simulator for immediate debugging. So why would we need another IDE? Actually Eclipse IDE is one of the best open source tools hat is widely used by programmers – so it is optimized for managing projects, code writing with auto-complete functionality. So why not to give a try for it. So lets set up Eclipse environment to work with AVR. Firs of all lets download Eclipse from https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ site. Choose Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers as we want program AVR in C. Open it (no need to install) then go to HELP->Install New Software… Click Add… and in the Add Site dialogue box enter URL where AVR Eclipse plugin is located (https://avr-eclipse.sourceforge.net/updatesite/ )

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Unveil the Secrets of Atanua!

You’re one of the home hobbyist and you love to spend most of the time doing the electronic projects in the weekend? Then, you must know how frustrated it will be, if the project that you’ve done cannot function properly according to your need? Well, cheer up! All you need here is an assistant that can help you off. Then, this Atanua can be your little helper here. Here is a little extra fact for the word of “Atanua”. According to the Polynesian, Atanua is the goddess of the dawn and wife of Atea. Atuanua is the one that created the seas, after her having a miscarriage and filling the oceans with her amniotic fluid! (Well, it’s only one of the Polynesian myths.) For your information, Atanua is a real-time logic simulator, where it was designed to help you to learn the basic Boolean logic and electronics. It uses OpenGL hardware-accelerated rendering and a custom UI. By this way, it can help us to detect the fast workflow and a very low learning curve, thus let you to concentrate on learning the subject easily. Basically, the Atanua UI consists of three main parts, which as: The component list The work…

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Free pascal compiler for 8051 microcontrollers

If you like to work with 8051 microcontrollers and like Pascal programming language here is Turbo51 – a free Pascal compiler for the 8051 family of microcontrollers. In 1980s Intel introduced the 8051 as the first member of the MCS-51 family of microcontrollers. Today hundreds of cheap 8051 derivatives are available from tens of manufacturers. This makes the MCS-51 architecture so interesting for professionals and hobbyists. It is rather surprising fact that this 8-bit architecture is still in use today. In other words, it is still very popular. Several C compilers are available for the 8051. However, there are only a few Pascal compilers for the 8051 family available. There are many debates on which programming language is better. Turbo51 is for those who prefer Pascal. Turbo51 features a fast single pass optimizing compiler, Borland Turbo Pascal 7 syntax, full floating point support, mixed pascal and assembler programming, full use of register banks, advanced multi-pass optimizer, smart linker, generates compact high quality code, output formats include binary, Intel HEX and assembler source.

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The Kicad Introduction Guide!

Thanks to the advancement of technology, you can easily find many useful and free of charge open source software, by simply browsing over the internet. Today, you should be happy, as you’re having the chance to know more about this incredible Kicad software, where it’s an open source (GPL) software and it’s main purpose is for the creation of electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit board artwork. Well, you must be wondered what the specialty of this Kicad software. For your information, Kicad is designed and written by Jean-Pierre Charras, a well-known researcher at Laboratoire des Images et des Signaux and he’s a teacher in IUT de Saint Martin d’Heres, France in the electrical engineering and image processing fields!

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