- Published: Thursday, 20 December 2012
- Written by Jon Chandler
SMTAssistant is a handy utility for working with printed circuits boards provided free-of-charge by the French company Alciom. Thank you W4GNS (Gary) for pointing it out to me.
When assembling or testing a PCB, it can be difficult to locate a particular part, especially on crowded boards that may not even have the reference designators printed on the silk screen. SMTAssistant is a simple, yet powerful tool that allows showing the component location on a picture or drawing of the board. One window highlights the general area on the board while a second window shows a close-up view of the location. This is invaluable when stuffing a complex board.