As a Web Tools Engineer, I'm constantly working to ease the design challenges of our customers through our design tools. Sometimes, I'm able to respond to customer feedback about an existing tool, and use that feedback to make improvements to that tool. Other times, I'm able to work with a team of engineers to create a new tool that simplifies a particularly tedious design challenge.
The feedback we receive from customers is one of the more rewarding aspects of my job. Often times, this feedback gives me a better understanding of a design engineer's pain points, which helps me to make these tools even better.
Actually, we'll take whatever feedback you have...
(And, you can get your own mug here)
We acquire quite a bit of feedback about Analog Filter Wizard - the feedback is overwhelmingly positive, which is, in my humble opinion, mostly due to how much effort we made to ensure that the tool was truly easing several pain points in active filter design.
The most frequent feedback we collect for Analog Filter Wizard is:
"It's very easy to use"
This is, by far, the most common feedback we get for Analog Filter Wizard. It's very simple to specify your filter requirements, and quickly create a circuit design. It's also very quick and easy to tweak the circuit - for example, optimizing for noise, power, or voltage level. And, it's wicked fast.
"The tolerance view is very helpful"
Analog Filter Wizard has a particularly handy feature that allows the designer to view the effect of component tolerance on the behavior of the circuit.
"Instantaneous insight into real circuit behaviors"
OK, so we don't get this feedback as often as the first two, but this is one of the things that I think makes Analog Filter Wizard so useful. You can quickly go from specifications to actual circuit behavior quickly, and immediately see how non-ideal circuit behaviors are going to cause your circuit to deviate from the ideal transfer curve. No surprises at the bench.
Have you used Analog Filter Wizard for an active filter design? Did you find it useful? Let us know in the comments.