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LIVEWIRE to PCB WIZARD

V. Ryan 2004

 

Livewire software allows the user to design circuits using individual components rather than modular building blocks as seen in Control Studio. Although this is more difficult than using the modular approach, simple circuits as well as complex ones can be built and simulated. Livewire can be used by beginners as well as electronics experts.

Circuits can be tested through the simulation option. When this option is selected the circuit operates on the screen as it operates as a real, soldered circuit. This means that mistakes can be corrected without the need to spend time and money building the circuit with real components and soldering them onto a Printed Circuit Board.

 

When the circuit has been rigorously tested it can be convert to a Printed Circuit Board layout by selecting the convert option from the TOOLS menu. A variety of options can be selected after which the circuit is converted to a PCB layout, using PCB Wizard software.
Please Note: PCB Wizard software must be running alongside Livewire software when attempting the convert a circuit to PCB.

 

 

 

Once the conversion has taken place, the PCB layout can be viewed in different ways. Some examples are shown below.

   

 

 

NORMAL VIEW

 

REAL WORLD VIEW

 

ARTWORK VIEW

   

The PCB layout can be printed on a transparency and used as a PCB mask. See earlier information sheets (PCB Index Page) for a description of using a PCB mask , UV light Box etc... to manufacture a PCB.

   
 
   

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