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Frequently Asked Questions: Documentation and Help

How can I get a copy of the user's manual?

The user's manual is packaged with the Electric distribution. It consists of hundreds of HTML and image files. The manual is also available on the web and you can purchase printed copies. Click here for more information.

How can I get a copy of Steven Rubin's textbook on CAD tools?

The book Computer Aids for VLSI Design was originally published by Addison-Wesley in 1987, but it is no longer in print. It is available, free of charge, on the web (about 100 HTML files and 200 image files). You can purchase a printed copy from Static Free Software.

How can I learn more about the Electric source code?

Java Electric is documented with "Javadoc". To see this documentation, run the "javadoc" Ant script on the source code. You can also download the current Javadoc here.

C Electric has an Internals Manual which describes (1) the scripting language, (2) source code data structures (3) source code subroutines, and (4) the structure of technology modules. This manual is not online anywhere, and is only available in printed form from Static Free Software.

What discussion forums exist for Electric?

The most active discussion forum is at Google, called "ElectricVLSI":

There are also two GNU mailing lists devoted to Electric:
   bug-gnu-electric@gnu.org (subscribe at http://mail.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-gnu-electric)
   discuss-gnu-electric@gnu.org (subscribe at http://mail.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/discuss-gnu-electric)

New releases of Electric are announced on all of these mailing lists.

In addition, you can send mail to:

How can I be a healthier person?

Not only are we giving away free software, but we're letting you in on a well-kept health secret: Homeopathy. Read all about it in the book Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy.

How do open-source CAD systems and Homeopathy relate? They don't, but there is a connection here which we leave to you to discover!