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PicoScope

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Pico Technologies manufactures oscilloscopes and other scientific instruments that not only interface with PCs but also interact with them, multiplying their capabilities. PicoScope 6 is their free software suite. It's designed to control the company's devices, combining data acquisition with processing power and storage capacity to create a complete desktop testing and measurement lab in one free application.

PicoScope's installer tries to connect to a supported device, which we lacked. However, the program offers numerous demo modes that simulate various devices and modes, which are accessible through the Connect Device wizard on a list that includes a checkbox option to hide demo or show the demos. The oscilloscope interface's toolbars include both familiar controls like back-and-forth arrows and zoom tools as well as many instrument-specific controls. Right-clicking the main window called up a menu letting us quickly configure Channels, X-Axis, Grid Layout, and other settings. A small lightning bolt icon activates the Auto Setup tool, which automatically configures the best parameters for particular uses. Under the Tools menu, we could configure Custom Probes, Math Channels, Reference Waveforms, and access the program's Preferences. We could also configure Alarms, a very handy feature.

Since we lacked one of Pico's instruments, we couldn't collect and run real-time data through PicoScope 6, nor did we have any other company's oscilloscopes to test PicoScope's compatibility. We were impressed with the freeware's capabilities to manage instruments and data, though, and certainly it serves as a cost-free way for researchers, engineers, technicians, and other potential customers to check out Pico's tech, not to mention for Pico to get its tech checked out.

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    "(RH/RS) Nemojte skidat, samo gubite vrijeme"

    February 26, 2014  |   By vlado8008

    Version: PicoScope 6.6.57

    Pros

    Pa ovako,ono sto sam vidio u demo verziji je zaista velik broj opcija i testova koje ovaj drajver, a ne program, nudi.

    Cons

    Ja neznam zasto ovaj drajver toliko hvale na CNET-u, kao prvo nije program nego drajver, kao drugo nije besplatan uopce i kao trece mozete se samo igrat u demo verziji u kojoj simulirate ispitivanje nekog virtualnog racunala.
    O cemu se zapravo radi, nakon instalacije i pokretanja "program" vam ne ucitava niti jedan hardverski dio racunala nego vam nudi opciju "demo". U toj opciji vi zapravo simulirate testiranje nekog racunala koje nema veze s vasim.
    Ako pak zelite da program testira vase racunalo morate kupit hardverski dio "PicoScopa" koji kosta od 120€ do 7254€, pa sad vi sami procjenite koliko je ovaj drajver besplatan i koristan. Osim ako vas ne zabavlja testiranje izmisljenog racunala bez minimalno 120€ od ovog drajvera necete dobit nista vise.

    Summary

    Ovaj "program" je trebao bit smjesten pod drajvere, neznam zasto ga je CNET smjestio u ovu skupinu.

    Updated on Feb 26, 2014

    Cijene su izrazene u Eurima, znaci 120 do 7254 Eura

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