Electronic Engineering ToolKit Pro – Review
App Type: Productivity
By: Thomas Gruber
Version #: 3.2.0
Date Released: 2011-10-11
Developer: Thomas Gruber
Price: 3.99User Rating:
Building electronics from parts is a fascinating way to learn how the devices we use every day are designed and work. Learning about circuits and resistors has the additional benefit of granting you the skill to make changes and repairs to electronics that break. With a growing maker culture online, there are so many resources available to help you get started, but what about when you are away from your computer but you can’t remember the calculation for an Adjustable Voltage Regulator, or you need to know what the color code on a resistor equates to.
Luckily, your trusty iPhone comes to the rescue with Electronic Engineering ToolKit Pro with fifty-three different calculators, reference charts, and circuit schematics that can give you the information you need at a moments notice. While some of the tools in the EET Pro are wiring diagrams, (for example: diagrams for USB, ethernet, HDMI cables, etc) others are advanced calculators some of which I wouldn’t even begin to understand, while others are ones I find myself Googleing on a regular basis.
Once you have a calculation that you want to save, you can either send it to the photo album, or email it to whomever you prefer. If you find yourself using certain tools more than others, you can use the info button in the lower right to access a list of the tools. You can then drag them into the order you prefer. This is also where settings for saving screenshots are as well as a guide to using the app.
Some of the tools are very illustrative with sliders and buttons to help you visualize the results, while others are a simple list of boxes for putting in calculations. I think that some of the tools could have used a bit more thought to the design of the interface, but they remain functional if not always easy on the eyes. For the professional engineer I doubt this will be much of an issue as they will likely appreciate the fast loading time and responsive controls more.
Whether you are a grizzled veteran of the solder, or just stepping into the world of electronics, you will find something in this toolkit that will make your life easier. For as much that is packed into this app, the price is a reasonable $3.99 so hit the app store and give it a try.
Would I Buy Again:Yes.
Learning Curve:If you don't know anything about electronics, then you will be lost.
Who Is It For:Professional electronic engineers and hobbyists.
What I Like:Fast loading, and large number of tools.
What I Don't Like:Some tools a bit too utilitarian.
Final Statement:Whether you are a grizzled veteran of the solder, or just stepping into the world of electronics, you will find something in this toolkit that will make your life easier.
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The Electronics Engineering ToolKit Pro features a massive collection of very useful calculators, simulators, circuit and application examples, covering lots of different areas in the field of electronics engineering. It is the standard electronics equipment running on all iOS devices from version 3.0 to the latest release.
Introducing the new version 3.2.0 with a great load of new features! New Favorites page, new Export and Save As functionality, new HowTo page and lots of enhancements on the different calculators now available!!!
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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