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Offline andrewwong2000Topic starter

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Agilent Benchvue, Benchlink and other software tools
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:57:58 am »
Hi Dave,

It would be pretty interesting to get your thoughts on the Agilent tools that are available to owners of MSO/DSO 2000,3000 (and 4000 scopes)

In particular Benchvue, Benchlink Waveform editor and the interesting 64997A Oscilloscope Spectrum Visualizer.

There are free versions and some pretty steep prices for the Pro ones.

Cheers,
Andrew
 

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Re: Agilent Benchvue, Benchlink and other software tools
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 05:04:58 am »
benchvue has gotten reviews here on the forum. I helped design that thing
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Offline Alexei.Polkhanov

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Re: Agilent Benchvue, Benchlink and other software tools
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 05:45:21 am »
Benchview sucks! Crashing all the time, slow, UI locks up. Someone tried to make it sexy but forgot to fix bugs. Worth product from Agilent  I have seen so far IMHO.
 

Offline andrewwong2000Topic starter

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Re: Agilent Benchvue, Benchlink and other software tools
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 05:57:29 am »
Nice work there with Benchvue.

As a new Agilent MSO3000 scope owner with a Rigol as well, I'm interested in knowing if the value of having Agilent's PC software levels the bang for buck against a good chinese scope which seem to have more firmware bugs, slower UI, primitive PC software.

Before I plough into using Python/SCPI (reminds me of my EE lab youth writing calibration lab scripts for GPIB!), I'd appreciate some impressions of the the eye candy apps.
 

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Re: Agilent Benchvue, Benchlink and other software tools
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 06:19:39 am »
IMHO they messed up the 'eye candy' stuff recently. Take a look at Benchvue, the FlexDCA App and the new infiniium scope app. They all feature some custom dark theme which looks nice when viewed from a distance, but when actually working with the software looks plain ugly. The old inifiniium scope app did it perfectly: No eye candy, just use the default windows widgets. Never looks dated. Concerning FlexDCA: Anyone got an idea why they went to the trouble maintaining a set of two seperate scope apps? (one for sampling, one for realtime) Especially the old sampling scope app is rather painful to use compared to the realtime scope app of the time.
 


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