I am effectively brand new to Kicad and quite new to the field of electronics - currently distance learning at college of West Anglia.
I now see Kicad as an end to end solution (concept to completion) and simulation as an integral part of that process. But boy has simulation been a bittersweet experience. Whilst some others were turning up at tutorials with sheets of graph paper with hand-drawn creations; me and a couple of other ‘converters’ had plotted and proven schematics to offer with accompanying evidence sheets and plots.
At first, I couldn’t get my head around simulation at all, so resorted to circuit drawing in Kicad - plotting in ltspice - then printing both off separately. Very cumbersome. After spending hours dredging through the www and cobbling bits and pieces of info together I am now getting to grips with Kicad and simulation. Now I need to get a grip of spice directives and ‘of course’ my electronics study!
But without a doubt, Kicad is the way for me and I think some of my chums on the course are coming round to the idea as well.
NB many of the spice models available on the www don’t work with kicad it seems… Comments welcome.