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Online SiliconWizard

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CS only 32-bit?
« on: January 07, 2018, 04:24:45 am »
Hi all,

just chiming in: I'm getting interested in CircuitStudio, but apparently it's only available as a 32-bit application, and many have reported that it was very memory-hungry. So that may prove a problem for large designs.

What do you guys think? Does CS really have a future?
 

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Re: CS only 32-bit?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 06:25:28 am »
Altium's premium product for PCB design is Designer and it has been 32 bit until the last few months. I believe AD18 (just out) is 64 bit. CS being 32 bit will not be a practical restriction for you.

CS does have design limits so whether it is suitable for you depends on what you mean by large designs.
http://documentation.circuitstudio.com/display/CSTU/CircuitStudio+-+((FAQs))
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CircuitStudio supports:
    Unlimited components.
    Unlimited nets.
While there are no 'hard limits' per se, the software has been engineered to make it impractical for use with large designs. To this end, the PCB Editor will start to exibit performance degradation when editing designs containing 5000 pads, becoming virtually unusable with designs containing 50,000 pads. Degradation itself takes the form of progressive slow-down in PCB editing functions (such as routing, placing components, polygon pours, etc).
 

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Re: CS only 32-bit?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 07:18:38 am »
OK thanks.

I find the "the software has been engineered to make it impractical for use with large designs" rationale a bit... funky.
The cited "limits" seem adequate though.

Can designs made with CS be imported in AD? They talk about the other way around in the FAQ, so I may have missed something but this point doesn't seem to be very clear?
 

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Re: CS only 32-bit?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 08:19:02 am »
It should read, CS is written on an ancient code base that throws up on itself if your project gets to big, no purposeful " engineering " required. The fact that Designer was " just " updated to 64bit should send some flags up.

Though, as mentioned, it probably is not an issue unless you are doing a very big project.

CS can open an AD schematic but not board file unless you saved your Designer board file a certain way. I think AD can import CS schematic and board file with out too much trouble after a certain version.

I would suggest you read through the posts here and get a feel for how things are. The are many that are happy with the software. Myself, I am more disappointed with the lack of support and good documentation. Folks that get along better with the software seemed to have come from a Designer back ground.

OK thanks.

I find the "the software has been engineered to make it impractical for use with large designs" rationale a bit... funky.
The cited "limits" seem adequate though.

Can designs made with CS be imported in AD? They talk about the other way around in the FAQ, so I may have missed something but this point doesn't seem to be very clear?
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 08:32:04 am by Joel_l »
 

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Re: CS only 32-bit?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 08:59:20 am »
I could open Circuit Maker (crippled version of Circuit Studio) files in AD17 without any problem. I believe an importer plug-in was necessary but free to download.


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