A simple, but powerful environment you can use to create thorough electric diagrams and test them out with various analysis tools
Circuit diagrams are thorough networks composed of multiple elements, each with its own purpose that make it possible for devices to function. Designing one is not a task for everyone and requires solid knowledge. For advanced users, applications such as NL5 Circuit Simulator serve as a suitable means to design electric circuits and test them out.
Lightweight and cleverly organized interface
The overall design is simple enough, with no shiny visual elements to keep you distracted. An upper toolbar provides quick access to all features, like components gallery and actions to apply. The impact on system resources used is not something to worry about so you can run it on various configurations.
A multitude of elements to work with
You can use the application to create up to the most complex of schematics, thanks to the rich predefined elements you can work with. These can be easily placed on the workspace by dragging them from the list and in the desired spot. You can access components alphabetically, with available options including but not limited to capacitors, diodes, sources, amplifiers, transistors, transformers, and more.
In terms of visual design, customization plays an important key. General color definitions can be handled from the settings menu, but you can also spend a little time to manually configure each element, enabling info to display, adjusting size and color or adding labels.
Put your design to the test
When you want to make sure whether or not your design is valid, hitting a single button triggers a system check that displays a log with info gathered regarding error location and reason. If everything runs smooth, further analysis can be done with a transience tool. Data is displayed in a graph where you can enable additional info tables, as well as set annotations, enable traces or even export the result as an image file.
To sum it up, NL5 Circuit Simulator is a practical application overall. It might seem a little rough around the edges, pushing short-fused people towards alternatives, but the amount of data you can extract and complexity of tools make it worth at least a try. The design is simple and mostly focuses on functionality and tests, rather than looks.