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Surfin’: Designing Circuits Online

03/02/2012

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ considers a new online electronic circuit design tool.

If you tinker with electronic circuit designs, you will be interested in a new free online application for designing, testing, editing, and sharing electronic circuits: CircuitLab Editor. Intended for students, educators and engineers, as well as hobbyists, this online application lets you quickly test your circuit designs before breadboarding.

CircuitLab Editor is completely web-based. Therefore, it is a cross-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux OS) application, requires no installation or plug-ins and allows you to share your designs by just copying and pasting a webpage addresses. When CircuitLab hosts your circuit, it provides “you with a convenient image and link that you can use to share your circuit on online forums or your own website, so you can contribute to or get help from the hobbyist community.”

CircuitLab Editor includes an array of easy-to-use, but powerful tools, as well as a slew of sample circuits that you can build upon. The nice thing about this design application is if your creation happens to fail, there is no smoke, nothing blows up and no harm is done; just start over again.

(Thank you, Andrew Ban, KB3GRK, for the heads-up concerning CircuitLab Editor.)

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, seeks the unusual in radio. To contact Stan, send e-mail or add comments to the WA1LOU blog.



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