Newsletter #1 - New Features, Feature Survey, CL in the Classroom CLOSED

This newsletter was released on August 20th, 2012.

Hi there! This is the first edition of the CircuitLab e-mail newsletter. In this issue:

  • CircuitLab Launches
  • New Features Since Launch
  • A Brief CircuitLab User Survey
  • CircuitLab in the Classroom

CircuitLab Launches

CircuitLab was released to the public in late February, and in the short months since launch, we have reached countless engineers, students, and hobbyists around the world. Every week, more than 5,000 individuals around the world use the CircuitLab editor and simulator, designing nearly 1,000 new circuits and running tens of thousands of circuit simulations. Our 18,000+ community members have created and saved more than 26,000 circuits. Our recently expanded forums host more than 1,000 posts in discussions ranging from basic linear circuits to switching power supplies. We are particularly happy to see CircuitLab community members helping each other and using CircuitLab to build better designs as they collaborate and learn about electronics.

Those are big numbers, and the CircuitLab team would like to thank you for your support of our vision to bring user-friendly EDA tools directly to your browser. We've got much more to build, we'd like your help in steering the direction of the tool by taking our brief survey (below).

New Features Since Launch

Our team has been hard at work completing new features to make CircuitLab even better. A few highlights of the improvements we've recently released include:

Improvements to the CircuitLab GUI, including significant performance improvements, Mac-friendly keyboard shortcuts, keyboard shortcuts for our power users, and iPad support. Upgraded simulation backend, including significant performance improvements, behavioural voltage and current sources, better device models, and improved convergence. Presentation-quality schematic exports, including true vector PDFs, PNGs of any size, and export direct to SVG and EPS formats. Internationalization support. The CircuitLab editor and website are now available in English, Spanish, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. IEC / European style resistor and inductor symbols, also available as a global preference for your account. Support for unlisted circuits to make sharing circuits with colleagues easier. CircuitLab now available in the Chrome Web Store. For more details, or to stay up to date with new developments at CircuitLab, be sure to follow our blog:

A Brief CircuitLab User Survey

With so many new users joining CircuitLab every day, we are constantly welcoming new members from many different places, academic backgrounds, and walks of life. We have seen lots of interaction by everyone participating on our forums, but in order to make CircuitLab better suit your needs, we would like to know a little more about who you are and what brought you to use CircuitLab for your schematic capture and simulation needs. Help us shape the future development of CircuitLab as we build the next generation of electronics design software. If you could take a few minutes to fill out our quick survey linked below, we would appreciate it very much!

This one-page survey is anonymous, and all questions are optional. Thanks for your feedback!

CircuitLab in the Classroom

Our team has received a great deal of feedback from educators who are excited to use CircuitLab in their classrooms. CircuitLab's zero-install, cross-platform and cross-browser support, easy-to-use interface, and mixed-mode simulation capabilities make it an ideal tool for teaching electrical engineering. With the start of the new school year, we will be entering the first full academic semester during which CircuitLab will be available to students and teachers around the world.

If you are an educator in electrical engineering or related fields, please don't hesitate to contact us and let us know how you are using CircuitLab and how CircuitLab can better suit your needs. If you are student, don't forget to show CircuitLab to your professors, TAs, and classmates!


Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Your feedback is essential for us to continue improving our tools, so please keep your feedback coming in our survey and on our forums:

Best wishes,

The CircuitLab Team

by mrobbins
August 21, 2012

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