Last month we introduced the new PICAXE VSM
software, which will allow you to simulate PICAXE designs on the computer to see
if they (or your software!) will do what you intended to do!
As well as a serious design tool, PICAXE VSM is also a great
way for beginners to experiment with PICAXEs – without any risk of letting the
smoke out! What’s more, PICAXE VSM will help you with the circuit so that you
can actually build your PICAXE project.
To install the PICAXE VSM software download the demo
installation package (18MB) from www.picaxevsm.com If you are on dial-up and prefer a CD your local PICAXE distributor
should be able to oblige.
The software is designed for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. 95,
98 and ME are not officially supported, however many users have reported that
the software does actually run on these older Windows versions.
The software will run in restricted ‘demo’mode until you
purchase a licence key (you can still use the Rudolph simulation sample
described below in demo mode).
Registration is also carried out online, again at
secure credit card transaction, you will receive an email with your key shortly
after purchase (VSM costs UK ₤49.99 (~AU$118 at press time). Use the PICAXE VSM
‘Licence Manager’ utility to install your key and ‘unlock’ the full