Working with Circuit Simulator Files
Circuit Simulator offers a variety of options for loading and saving simulation files, including the ability to select from a wide range of sample circuits, and import or export your own designs.
Working with Sample Files
You can load all available example circuits from the Circuits drop-down menu in the stand alone application, which is also available by right-clicking on the applet screen in the embedded version.
A surprisingly large number of sample circuits are available, covering a wide range of analogue and digital designs. If you are just getting started with Circuit Simulator, you will find it useful to spend some time opening a selection of these designs, and familiarising yourself with their operation.
Many components, such as switches and digital inputs may be activated simply by clicking on them. Analogue inputs may offer sliders, or allow values to changed by editing the component. Hovering over a component shows a range of useful information, and you can view waveforms in an oscilloscope-style window by right-clicking and selecting the View in Scope option.
Importing and Exporting User Created Designs
For security reasons, Circuit Simulator is prevented from directly accessing the local hard disc. As an alternative, the File menu offers import and export options, which allow you to load or create your own design files by copying and pasting between your own set of text files.
Circuit simulation files are just plain text files (with a '.txt' extension), so may be edited using an editor such as Windows Notepad. To save the current simulation, select the Export option, copy all text from the Export window, paste into a text editor and then save as a plain text file. Use the inverse process to Import a user created simulation.
Be sure to press the Enter key after the last line, to ensure that the entire simulation is loaded.