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GNU Octave for high-level interpreted language numerical computations
Another popular free mathematical tool comes in the form of GNU Octave, which is intended for numerical computations like those needed for chemical engineering and scientific computing. The software platform is a conglomerate of tools designed to solve numerical linear algebra problems, getting to the 'root' of non-linear equations and integrating ordinary functions. The fun doesn't stop there, as Octave also incorporates tools for manipulating polynomials as well as integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. As with most great open-source software, Octave can be modified and redistributed by its users using any number of languages, including C, C++ and FORTRAN among a host of others.

More information: GNU Octave.

Another popular free mathematical tool comes in the form of GNU Octave, which is intended for numerical computations like those needed for chemical engineering and scientific computing. The software platform is a conglomerate of tools designed to solve numerical linear algebra problems, getting to the ‘root’ of non-linear equations and integrating ordinary functions. The fun doesn’t stop there, as Octave also incorporates tools for manipulating polynomials as well as integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. As with most great open-source software, Octave can be modified and redistributed by its users using any number of languages, including C, C++ and FORTRAN among a host of others.

More information: GNU Octave.

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halherta
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Another 12 - great software packages For Engineers
halherta   12/2/2014 4:04:51 AM
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Thanks for the great article. Here are 12 more free software tools for Engineers.

 

Math Tools:

1 - SciLab - Another incredibly powerful and flexible alternative to MatLab

2 - Maxima - Another great & free math package

PCB Layout and circuit simulation

3- KiCad - A completely free circuit schematic and PCB layout tool

4-ngspice - A completely free SPICE cli-based circuit simulation tool

5-LTspice - Another free graphical SPICE simulator

 Embedded/Software development:

6 - Eclipse - An incredibly powerful  IDE with a multiude of plugins that enable it to be used from everything from Embedded to Web Development

7 - GCC - One of the most well known C/C++ compilers available for many archtectures and flavors

8- OpenOCD - An incredibly flexible on chip debug tool that cann be used to program & debug many embedded devices/ microcontrollers. 

9-GNU Make/Autotools - A powerful build system for building all sorts of software projects

10 - CMake - Another powerful build system 

Documentation:

11- PanDoc -  An awesome documentation tool capable of converting markdown to HTML or PDF. It also converts to/from Latex

12-Latex - An Excellent typesetting system for writing documentation, books e.t.c

 

 

 

hainam
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ICircuit is not Free
hainam   7/21/2014 11:45:00 PM
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In the article number 7. The author wrote this app is free but it is not.

Tim R Johnson
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Re: Free PCB
Tim R Johnson   7/6/2014 11:00:53 PM
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For viewing Gerber files I recommend GC-Prevue from www.graphicode.com.  It is a free Gerber file viewer.  They also have other more-capable purchasable tools.

Dave39
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Add QUCS to the Free Design Tools
Dave39   7/4/2014 9:04:06 PM
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Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) is a great little Spice-like open-source tool that runs quickly, has a wide range of components, rather intuitie interface (but a so-so manual), and will execute S-parameter analysis. Available at qucs.sourceforge.net/.  

jim_kirk
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Re: Pari/GP; other apps; Question
jim_kirk   6/30/2014 1:32:47 PM
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I've used Eureqa by www.nutonian.com, sounds similar.  There's a useful but limited free version.

docdivakar
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Re: Free PCB
docdivakar   6/30/2014 1:00:41 PM
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I have tried FreePCB couple of times, it is not bad for most projects with 16 layers or less. Some features I wish it had are viewing Gerber files, import/export of DXF files and print capability!

MP Divakar

KB3001
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What is the basis of this ranking?
KB3001   6/29/2014 6:29:41 PM
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Is this ranking based on a survey of engineers? If so, what is the size of the sample and how was the sample chosen?

DaveMcGuire
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
DaveMcGuire   6/27/2014 4:31:45 PM
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Absolutely.  Have a great weekend!

 

                -Dave

 

LiketoBike
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
LiketoBike   6/27/2014 4:28:31 PM
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:-)  Yes, it can be a rare commodity when engineers interact with non-engineers!  Oh, well, c'est la vie!

DaveMcGuire
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Re: don't pigeonhole R
DaveMcGuire   6/27/2014 3:43:15 PM
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I cannot disagree.  I suppose I've been lucky a lot of the time; I usually have the opportunity to insist that things are done properly.  I don't take that for granted. ;)

 

                               -Dave

 

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