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Version 12.0.6. of Electronic Toolbox fixes a problem with downloading Online Projects – UPDATE

Sorry, there was an issue when downloading online Projects with Electronic Toolbox for iOS (thanks again for reporting this Claude!).

This issue has now been fixed with Update 12.0.6.

That version also includes some additional minor improvements.

How do you like the new Windows Project Editor ? Two users already sent me their project files, created with this new App. I will add these projects soon to the Online Projects.

Best regards,

Marcus

UPDATE: If you are still experiencing an issue downloading an Online Project, please delete the App from your device and re-install the App from the App Store.


It’s finally there: The Windows Electronic Project Editor

Some years ago, a user of my Electronic Toolbox asked me to add a Circuit drawing Tool. I was first a bit reluctant for this idea and didn’t believe that an iPad (not talking about an iPhone) is the ideal device for drawing Circuits. The lack of space (even on an iPad Pro) and the lack of a mouse with it’s pointer, hover and right-click possibilities will make it hard to draw Circuits on an iOS Device, even when using the Apple Pencil.

However, over time, more and more people asked for this so I started developing a Circuit Drawing Tool for my Apps. After several months of development time I found some of my assumptions confirmed but also found the Drawing Tool is better than anticipated. I finally ended up using it quite a lot for quick and simple drawings.

The Circuit Drawing Tool as well as the Project Tool have been improved over time. The Drawing Tool now Synchronizes Components seamlessly, in the Background with more than one Circuit and there is now a Cross Reference and Order List Tool and it is possibility to order Components directly from RS-Components.

Due to these improvements, I was using my Tools more and more often also realized that started missing a mouse for drawing and a larger screen.

That’s why I started developing the Windows Electronic Project Editor early 2018 and now, after 10 Months it’s finally available.

My goal was to have a Project Editor that is fully compatible with the iOS Project Tool of Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox. Now it is possible to start a Project on the iPad and continue on a PC (or vice verse).

I intentionally developed this Electronic Project Editor as Windows Desktop App and not as so called Universal Windows App (UWP) or Mac App. The reason is, Universal Apps are basically Tablet Apps which can run on Desktop PCs, feel a bit like Desktop Apps but have a lot of limitations like limited Mouse support and the restriction on a single window. And regarding a Mac App, even though I have a fantastic 5K 27″ iMac and a MacBook Pro 2018 (which I think is the best Laptop available today), I am maintaining all my Electronic Files, Research and Software on my PC. The same is true for all my HAM Radio activities. I assume, with legitimate and honorable exceptions, most people are doing the same so I didn’t consider a MacOs App.

So for all of you, having the same demand for a PC Circuit Drawing Tool and Project Editor, please have a look to:

http://electronic-toolbox.com/electronic-project-editor

or the online manual:

http://go-to.me/projectedit-manual

or even the Windows Store:

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9PDMN194448Q

 

 


New version 12.0.3 and new Sample Projects

Version 12.0.3 contains the following changes:

  • ■ Component Synchronization of multiple Circuits
  • ■ Synchronization now happens automatically and seamlessly in the background
  • ■ iCloud Drive support has been improved
  • ■ A bug, causing duplicate file names has been fixed
  • ■ The Circuit Editor now supports US Symbol Style (can be changed in board settings)
  • ■ A new universal IC Symbol allows to draw ANY possible Chip variant with any number of Pins and Pin names

Today, I have also released a new Data Update. Once loaded, the “Online Projects” button will link to the new Online Projects website.

The old Online Project section had some issues from time to time and will be discontinued in a few days. The new site should now be much more stable.

I did use this opportunity also to update many Sample Projects and even to add some more. These projects are now using the new capabilities introduced with version 12.0.3 and also requires this version to load correctly.

This update is also a preparation of another exciting App coming soon which now has been submitted for Review.

I will announce more, once the App passes the review process so please stay tuned.

Thanks for your great support and fantastic reviews!

Best regards,

Marcus


New Version 12 available

A new Version 12 is available for Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox for iOS.

This version is just a small maintenance update which fixes a few very minor iPhone XR/XS/Max and iOS 12 issues.

Along with this update, I fixed a few minor additional issues that have been reported recently and I updated a few databases.

But there are exciting additional news coming soon!

Just a bit more coding and testing by myself and my dear Beta testers and something really exciting will be available to everybody.

I will reveal more, once there is something to show so please stay tuned.

Best regards,

Marcus

 


New Version 11.30

The new iOS App Update 11.30 has just been released for Electronic Toolbox. RF- Toolbox and the Android/Windows versions will follow soon.

This Update contains the following changes and improvements:

Bug Fixes:

  • ■ Missing Image (e.g. DB9 Female to RJ45 in Sockets -> Cable connections) fixed
  • ■ Wrong color assignment (e.g. in Tables -> Cable Colors -> Fiber Optic Cable) fixed.
  • ■ In Circuit Editor, using the Trashcan Icon to delete files is now working

The following tools have been redesigned (Electronic Toolbox):

  • ■ Arduino
  • ■ Raspberry Pi
  • ■ Beagle
  • ■ TI LaunchPad

The following tools have been added in Electronic- and RF-Toobox:

  • ■ Colors (for Color conversion between different standards)

The following tools have been added in Electronic Toolbox:

  • ■ NanoPi
  • ■ Orange Pi
  • ■ Banana Pi
  • ■ ODROID
  • ■ Cubieboard
  • ■ SparkFun

These Tools now contain more than 170 Boards, including offline quick reference, online access to data-sheets and images, all with seamless integration to the Project Tool.

PLEASE NOTE (iOS): All new Tools will always be appended at the end of the list. This way, you can easily see what’s new and this will also not mess up your customization. However, if you like to get all Tools sorted in the right (pre-defined) order, just head to the Organizer (Settings -> organizer) tap on the Action button […] at the top and select “Reset to defaults”.

I really appreciate your enthusiasm and contribution to my App.

Thank you so much!

Best regards,

Marcus


New Version 11.20 (Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox for iOS)

The new Update 11.20 of Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox for iOS has been released.

This Update contains the following fixes and improvements:

  • ■ Improved behavior in slow network conditions while checking for updates
  • ■ Support for the new iOS 11 File Sharer for Circuit Diagrams
  • ■ Improvements for the iPhone X
  • ■ TIP102, LM13700 and other components added (Electronic Toolbox only)
  • ■ New setting for even smaller Icons
  • ■ Improved Circuit Editor
  • ■ Corrections and additions to some component databases
  • ■ Changes, necessary for iOS 11.3

Some people reported issued in poor network situations where the App doesn’t start quickly or appear to not start at all. This was due to the included update check which had a very long timeout. This has now been improved by reducing the timeout values and by reducing the number of checks.

Besides the changes and improvements listed above, there were again many changes “under the hood” so chances are that these changes may cause some new bugs, even though this update has been tested by Beta Users (Thank you!!!) for several weeks. If you are experiencing bugs, please contact me so I can fix them.

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Marcus


Update 11.10.4

Fortunately, only a few bugs have been reported and an update is already available now which fixes the following bugs:

■ Cross Reference Tool now working correct
■ Circuit Editor save changes bug fixed
■ Some minor UI bugs fixed

Another bug which caused some Arduino board Details not to be displayed correctly has already been fixed by a Data update.

Thanks again for your great support!

Please don’t forget to rate the app (again if possible) which really helps to keep up.

Or, in case, let me know if you may find a bug.

Happy Holidays and all the best,

Marcus


New Version 11.10.3

This Update is a new Major Release that includes many changes, improvements and enhancements listed further below.

Due to the huge Installation base of this App, I decided to perform a so called “Phased Release” on the Apple App Store which means that the App will be rolled out slowly over the next seven days but should be finished until next Friday December 15th. So if you don’t see this update, please be patient.

The manual has already been updated and I would recommend having a look to it so get an overview of the many new smaller and larger features.

 

Dear User, I like to thank you again for all your support, suggestion and positive criticism.

I am happy to be able to address the most received suggestions and requests with this update. I am especially proud to be able to add the Order list feature and integrate the Product Browser from RS Components to this version. Not only that I am personally ordering my parts from RS Components,  me and RS Components we are working together for several years now and the ultimate goal was always to include their products to this App.

For this, I had to rewrite and touch major parts of the App and to rewrite the whole Project section which took quite some time.

Even though this update has been tested by many users (thank you!), we may have overseen some bugs.

Please let me know as soon as you can in case you may find a bug because I want to fix it. I am prepared to send out another update before the App Store closes over the holidays in case this would be necessary.

Otherwise I will continue working on the next update.

Thanks again and to all of you who are celebrating Christmas, have a Merry Christmas and all the Best for 2018!

Marcus

 

CHANGES OF VERSION 11.10.3:

■ Improvements:

Several Tools have been improved, based on your suggestions. For instance, the db Tool can now convert values in any direction between dBm, dBW, Vrms, Vpeak, Vpp, dBV, DBmV etc.) and also displays the Formulas used for the calculation.

■ Bugfixes:

A few Bugs have been fixed such as the Float bug in the Number System Tool and some others.

■ New Tools:

A new Cross Reference Tool has been added which contains a database of more than 55000 Semiconductors. This tool can be used to lookup replacement parts.

■ New Make Feature:

The Majority of changes took place to the Projects section of the App. The former Projects Tool is now part or a new Make Section of the App which add the following features:

  • The Circuit Editor can now be started from this Page
  • A new RS Product Browser can be used to find and even order Components or to look up details, specifications and datasheets
  • A new Octopart Browser can also be used to lookup components and datasheets.
  • Components can be Bookmarked and will end up in a new Bookmark list
  • The new Document viewer, which is used for the two new Component Browsers but also for viewing the internal Datasheets and documents, can now be used to store documents local, inside the App by adding these Documents to your Library. The new Library Tool can then be used to view these Documents offline.
  • Finally, there is now an Order list Tool, requested by so many of you for a long time. You can now Create orders by either manually adding Parts to it or create an Order list automatically from any Project. An Order List can be exported, printed or conveniently be sent to RS Components so with just a few steps you can get your parts delivered the other day.

■ Rewritten Project Tool:

The Projects Tool itself, which is now called My Projects has also been improved:

  • Components, Images, Circuits, Diagrams, Notes and Links are now again separated on different Pages. This makes it easier to maintain larger Projects with many Components or Documents.
  • I have removed the possible number of Notes down to two. One on the Main Project Page and another Detail Note. From your feedback, a main and one Detail Note seemed to be more than enough as both can contain an unlimited number of lines.
  • Notes can now contain Attributes like Bold, Italic etc.
  • The Components view has completely been revised. It is now easier to Jump to a corresponding Tool or to find and add Manufacturer Name and MPN using either the RS Product Browser or Octopart.

New Update 11.0.1

The new Update is available. This is mainly a maintenance update. Another feature update will follow shortly.

This update contains the following changes:

  • iPhone X support
  • iOS 9.x, 10.x and 11.x support
  • New Tool: Current Divider
  • Voltage Divider improvements
  • The db Tool now displays correct Unit prefixes
  • Complex numbers will now displayed without unit prefix
  • Improved US and EU Cable length Tool
  • Transparent Keyboard bar bug fixed
  • Improved Amplifier Tool with 3500+ additional Hybrid ICs
  • Fixed bug in Projects where Octopart Browser didn’t find some Components
  • Tesla Coil calculation Too now works in both directions for Inductance and number of Turns

Please let me know if you may find a bug, I would like to fix it.

Please let others know if you like this App to keep it going.

Thank you so much!

Best Regards,
Marcus


New Data Update

First of all, many thanks for your Feedback and suggestions.

It’s quite exciting to see how many users are working with my App and found it useful sometimes on a daily basis.

While working on the new App Version, I finished a (quite huge) Data Update. So if you download that Data Update, please be patient as it may take some time. It will be included in the next App Version but you don’t need to wait for that so just go to settings and hit Check for data update to download that update.

The Update contains the following changes:

  • ■ Fixed Datasheet for the 40162 (was showing the 4016 DS)
  • ■ Various Arduino Boards added (including Teensy, Adafruit)
  • ■ Several Arduino Pinouts added / updated (Thanks for your help!)
  • ■ Several Tubes added / updated such as the ECC81/82/83, 12AT7, 12AU7, 12AX7, 6146x, QQE06/40, QE06/50 aka 807
  • ■ New Memories Section for the ICs tool with PROMs, EPROMs, EEPROMs etc
  • ■ Some Sockets added/updated
  • ■ Additional minor changes to other databases

Most of this is based on your suggestions and requests. Some users also send me some Datasheets and lists. Many many thanks! I really appreciate.

Best Regards,
Marcus


THANK YOU!

2016 has been an incredible year for Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox.

Now – requested by many users – a “real” Manual is available. Parts of the App have been ported to Apple’s new development language Swift. Major parts have been completely rewritten for a tighter integration of the Tools and Projects and best of all – also requested by many users – it is now possible to draw circuits from inside the App.

Based on this foundation, many new features and improvements are now possible and will follow the next months of 2017.

I am happy to be able to offer this all for free to existing users without adding those features via In-App-Purchases and I hope I will be able to continue this way even though it’s getting harder.

You can support my work by writing an App Review, rating my App and let others know about it.

I know that most of you already did and so I like to say a BIG THANK YOU for supporting me throughout the year.

It means a lot to me.

You are the reason why this App exists and continuously improves.

To you and your families Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.

Thank you!

Marcus


New Version 1st of December – Manual available

First of all, thanks for your feedback regarding the Manual. Sorry if I can’t get back to all of you individually.

The Manual

Your feedback was quite different. Some of you prefer a separate online manual, some strongly voted for an offline manual since they use the App often when no or just poor internet connection is available. I now hope I will be able to address both of you. An online manual is now available which will cover basic usage of the App. It even contains some movies which would otherwise blow up the size of the App and it is even available as PDF even for printing (of course the movies will get lost then). Based on your feedback, most people trying to get used with the App and trying to learn how to use it prefer either an online or printed manual so they can read it side by side while trying the App.

On the other hand, I left all Help Texts of the individual Tools still available offline so they can still be opened from inside the App using the (i) button. I think that’s a good compromise and will allow me to add the improvements I wanted to introduce.

If you want to have a look already, here is the link to the english Manual which is almost finished: http://go-to.me/etb-manual. The German version will hopefully follow soon.

Now the good news:

Version 10 of Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox will be available Thursday, December 1st – finally !

There was a lot of work to do for me but I am happy that it’s finally finished now.

Besides many other fixes, improvements and changes (see further below), there are the following highlights:

■ A Circuit Diagram Editor

Yes, indeed, you can now draw your own Circuits from inside the Project Tool. Even though I personally prefer to draw my circuits using PC Software (Eagle or DesignSpark PCB), many of you have asked for such a feature. It is currently quite limited (about 75 components) and lacks a few features I had to postpone for a later update (e.g. block selection with copy/paste and a few more components) but it’s working and most testers found it quite usable.

The Circuit Editor also contains a Sync feature which Synchronizes the Components with the Component list of the Project. This way, the Component list of the Project will be maintained automatically.

■ Project improvements

As Projects now play an even bigger role, I added several improvements. There is now an even better integration between the Tools and Projects. You can now jump back from a Component to the corresponding Tools. For instance, for a Resistor Component entry, you can directly jump to the Resistor Tool so see the color coding for that particular Resistor.

You can now search for (or manually add) a Manufacturer Part Number for Components. This way, I was also able to add a Datasheet Browser to search for millions of Datasheets. For instance, if you add an NE555 Timer Component to a Project, you can Browse for the MPN and select the NE555 from Texas Instruments. Next you can tap on Datasheet and will get the TI Datasheet for the NE555 which can also be added to the same Project as attached Document.

Also, the “Add to Project” feature has been improved further to allow to add the results of a Tool to be used for a Project.

■ Identifying Components

Several users asked me for a possibility to identify Components. Exactly this is the purpose of a new Tool. Here you can browse for a particular component (e.g. Electrolyt Capacitor) and will get some background information as well as pictures of various variants of Electrolyt Capacitors. But it is also possible the other way round, to browse pictures of components for identifying an available Component.

The database currently contains more than 100 Components and I am happy to add more upon request. So if you ran across a certain Component (given that it is not too exotic) which is not included, please feel free to send me the picture so I can add it – even if you don’t know what it is. Maybe I can figure it out.

 

Furthermore, the following changes were implemented:

■ The Sound Generator now allows to select the output device.

Sound can now be forced to the Speaker or can be sent to BlueTooth headsets etc.

■ The unfortunate Formula bug has been fixed
■ Several iOS 10 adaptions were implemented
■ The 3D-Viewer bug was fixed
■ Projects can now be shared via Email
■ 2-Digit SMD Codes were added

Electronic Toolbox:

■ Added Tool: TI LaunchPad
■ Added Tool: Audio Amplifier (1500+ Hybrid amplifiers with circuit diagram)

And finally, the aforementioned Manual has been integrated.

 

All for Free

As you know, I am no fan of In-App Purchases if they can be prevented so all of the above will be for free to all existing users.

I am considering a price increase as all developments, especially the Circuit Editor, required several month development time but again, existing users will get everything for free.

So, like always, as all your great reviews will disappear once the new version is out, please amend your review or add a new one to support me.

Thank you so much!

Best Regards,

Marcus


Question

As you know, I am working on the new update for quite some time now. I am getting close but ran into the following question for you:

For some of my other Apps, I have mad a change to the Info Pages (the ones that will be displayed when hitting the (i) button in the top right corner). Instead of maintaining these texts individually for each App screen, I put all together to a ‘real’ manual. For the other Apps, some users asked for that. They said that it would be easier for them to look up this manual on another screen (PC or Mac) while working with the App so they can see both side by side. Of course it is still possible to see the corresponding chapter of this manual when hitting the (i) button but there are some pros and cons of both approaches:

  • The current solution is available offline from inside the App whereas the manual solution will always need an internet connection even though it can still be used along with the (i) button
  • The manual solution can be updated and maintained quicker and easier
  • In order to get a complete overview and learn how to use the App in general, the manual solution is better
  • The manual solution also provides the possibility to create a PDF which could also be printed
  • The manual solution is even available without the App as regular website
  • The manual solution is better readable and can contain images and even movies

So there are quite a few advantages of the manual solution which is why users of the other Apps (NetworkToolbox and SmartSDR) appreciate this approach. As it is not possible to offer both solution and since it is quite some work to do to for this change, I would like to ask you for your opinion.

To have a look yourself, here is the NetworkToolbox Manual: http://go-to.me/nettb-manual and the SmartSDR Manual : http://go-to.me/smartsdr-manual

In NetworkToolbox, when hitting the (i) button, you will directly see the corresponding chapter inside the App.

So please let me know your thoughts. Ideally, please use the support button inside my App for your feedback.

Thank you!

Best Regards,
Marcus


New Data Update – Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi – New Raspberry Pi 3

A new data update 9.03. is available for Electronic Toolbox.
raspi-3
The Raspberry Pi foundation announced their 4th Birthday today and brought out their new Raspberry Pi 3 which uses a faster 64 Bit 1.2GHz CPU and comes with WiFi and Bluetooth LE.

This deserves a data update for Electronic Toolbox which is now available with the following changes and additions:

I hope to be able to release the next App update soon as well, so stay tuned.

Best Regards,

Marcus


New Data Update 9.02

A new data update 9.02. is available for Electronic Toolbox and RF-Toolbox.

This update contains the following changes and additions:

A next App update is also already done and will be available soon.

Meanwhile, I’d like to thank you for your tremendous support.

I wish you and your Families a Merry Christmas and all the Best for 2016!

Best Regards,

Marcus

P.S. Many thanks for your feedback regarding my Windows Project editor. Thanks also for submitting your Projects. I hope I will be able to upload your Projects to the Online Projects soon.