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Choosing Software by Mind Map: Choosing Software
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Choosing Software

Front end software

EZNEC

Why EZNEC?, detailed coverage in the Antenna Modeling course, well supported by the author

Why NOT EZNEC?

Characteristics, Windows, NEC2 Engine, Commercial, Demo Available

MMANA

Why MMANA?

Why NOT MMANA?

Characteristics, Free Version Available, Windows

4NEC2

Why 4NEC2?

Why NOT 4NEC2?

Characteristics, Free, Windows

NEC4WIN

Why NEC4WIN?

Why NOT NEC4WIN?

Characteristics, Free, Windows

Antenna Model

Why Antenna Model?

Why NOT Antenna Model

Characteristics, Commercial, Windows, MiniNEC Engine

NECWin

Why NECWin?, extensive coverage in the antenna modeling course

Why NOT NECWin?

Characteristics, Commercial, Windows, NEC2 Engine

CocoaNEC

Why CocoaNEC?, native Macintosh application

Why NOT CocoaNEC?

Characteristics, Macintosh, Free, Source Available, Works in multiple modes, Spreadsheet entry, Scripting language, NEC Card Deck Entry

NEC

Why NEC?, More flexible

Why NOT NEC?, More difficult to use, Easier to make mistakes, External follow on programs are needed to add graphical support, Have to think in 80-column cards for input

Characteritics, Source Code, Compile it yourself, Binaries available, No Graphical Interface, Old Fashioned 80-col card input, Line Printer Output, NEC2, Free, Why NEC2?, Why NOT NEC2?, NEC4, Licensed, Export Restrictions, Why NEC4?, Why NOT NEC4?

xnecview

Why xnecview?, UNIX X Windows

Characteristics, Source code, Interactive graphical display of NEC2 output

Why not xnecview?, Graphical output only - does not help with card deck creation

Engines

NEC

NEC2, Open Source, Why NEC2?, It's free, It handles most antennas Amateur's want to build

NEC4, Licensed only, Why NEC4?, It handles antenna elements at or under the ground, Why NOT NEC4?, Quite expensive to get a license for it, Export restrictions could be a problem

MiniNEC

What are YOUR needs & limitations?

Do you need ...

Graphical Output?

Flexibility?

Simple interface?

Are you limited by ...

Knowledge of programming?

Platform you have to work with?

Other Sources of Information

AntModel Yahoogroup

Antennas, Modeling & More Blog

Antennex

Cebik web site