Here’s a topic for workbench computer associated with your instruments / equipment and how it applies to electronics, not so much about the PC/mac itself. Let me know if this is a duplicate and I missed it.
Using software to control instruments for ad hoc measurements isn’t very valuable to me, however, for running tests over time it’s highly valuable.
- Intel NUC BOXNUC8i7BEH1 (new, fresh start with a smaller footprint)
- Asus MG28UQ 28" monitor
- Windows 10 Home
- Office 365 Home (Excel for charting, PowerPoint for documentation)
- Keysight Benchvue 2018 Update 2
- Rigol Ultrascope and Ultapower
- Siglent EasyDMM
- Altium Circuitmaker
- KiCad (now that I’ve joined CE)
I’ve tried using Keithley Kickstart but ran into some VISA issues given the other apps installed. Ultimately, the software for the 2281S is less important than what I get out of Benchvue.
I’d love to hear from someone using NI tools compared to Keysight. I’m really happy with Benchvue and will post some results of how I use it for my projects in my build log(s). I think though that LabVIEW handles IVI drivers better based on some testing I did on my previous PC.
It’d be interesting also to see how people feel about Altium CircuitMaker versus KiCad as well. Does one produce better Gerber files or have better component libraries or provide a better community?