After receiving ADLM200 yesterday I was excited to see if it would help our students in Analogue electronics. I had previously bought NI's ELVIS, which was riddled with practical issues, like needing fuses replaced on every overload (common in a student lab) and having a 'scope that only went to 60% of the power supply rails (and no proper AC mode).
Unfortunately a quick check reveals many (software fixable) problems with Scopy, which I hope you can address quickly.
1) The Network Analyzer was exciting, as I wanted to illustrate Poles and Zeros. Unfortunately:
a) It does not seem to have a proper detector - i.e. it does not reject DC. I would mixing the test channel with the reference channel before detection would be the way to go (Synchronous detection).
b) On my simple 4-resistor BJT transistor circuit (which I have been building for 50 years now), it plotted magnitude with 2dB up-down sporadically along the plot. I assume this is because the stimulus is wrong (too small or too large - I must 'scope it?). It may also be because of DC wander as the bias settles (overloaded?) Being able to set the stimulus (or having it the same as the Sig Gen settings would be advisable.
c) As phases are usually negative and you want to see beyond -180 degrees, letting the user set the scales to -360deg would be great - otherwise there is wrap around.
d) The phase setting is labelled dB, not degrees.
2) It would be great to see multiple instruments simultaneously, then the students can alter levels, and immediately see the effects. This is a major disadvantage educationally.
3) The constant value of the sig gen does not add to the waveform (what does it do?). This is useful as a DC offset when biasing transistors (See 2)
4) The PSU should show current, or at least "OVERLOAD".
5) The NWA's default setting are really slow - most students would give up before seeing the first point on the graph.
6) The component kit is lovely as a Christmas present, and I enjoyed the new chips for future designs, but for student labs:
a) There aren't any BOB differential pairs, as used in the lab-notes
b) I cannot read the cap values (even with my glasses off)
c) the resistors are so small their legs bend all over the place
d) The 6-pin header strips shuold be 5-pin to fix in the PSU rails of the breadboard
e) How about an 074 and a 555? (Yes, the 07x series oscillates on power down and is generally cheap and nasty, but it is used in textbooks)
f) a small roll of tinned wire and sideclippers would be good.
So, it's a great product, and much better than ELVIS, but unfortunately I cannot see how I can use it in next-year's labs, unless the software is fixed: particularly the network analyzer and signal generator. I'm happy to help here, at least on the algorithms, as it seems so close to being very useful.