This forum post is intended to provide a brief introduction to an invaluable new feature prior to full instructions being added to the manual. If you have any questions / comments about its use (including just wanting to thank the developers for adding the feature) then please post below.
If there was ever a feature of PicoScope Automotive 6 that was worth shouting about, it has now arrived. The Automotive Waveform Library has now been released.
I cannot remember how many times it would have been useful to have a comparison waveform for a circuit under test.
Often this would involve sifting through your own library, or ringing round colleagues in the hope you might get lucky.
Well, thanks to the team at Pico the new Beta Version of PicoScope 6 Automotive 6.9 contains a feature called “Waveform Library Browser” found under the “File” menu on the tool bar. This new feature will enable you to search a global data base of waveforms that have been uploaded by PicoScope users from around the world.
To access the Waveform Library you must have an automotive scope connected and have a valid user name and password to the Pico Automotive Forum.
Once logged into the Waveform Library Browser you will find numerous “Search Options” allowing you to locate a relevant waveform for a specific manufacturer or model.
You can also search for a waveform using just the engine code, allowing you to locate a waveform that may not have been saved under your search entry, but is applicable to other models or manufacturers, given the engine may be installed on numerous other vehicles or brands.
With your search criteria filled in, click on the “search” button
For example, searching by Engine code under the “Engine details box” for Injector voltage under the “Channel details box” may reveal an injector for a range of vehicle models. E.g. Enter engine code “2AD-FTV and Injector voltage” then click on the “Search” button. This will reveal an injector waveform saved originally as a Lexus 220D but is also applicable to Avensis, Rav 4, Auris and Verso.
With your search criteria filled in, any relevant waveforms will be displayed as thumbnails. Click on the relevant thumbnail to enlarge the image for a brief overview of the waveform structure.
Should you wish to download a reference waveform or waveform with settings to your PC, click either the “Load” button to download the reference waveform, or the “Open Waveform” button to download the waveform with scope settings.
Your selection will now be downloaded ready for analysis using your Picoscope software, and ready for you to run your scope, so capturing the identical waveform with all Voltage-Time-Trigger-Probe settings pre-configured (if you selected "Open Waveform").
The waveform library at present contains over 250 waveforms loaded internally from within Pico Technology, and here is where we can all contribute.
Once logged in, you can upload your own waveforms to the library enabling everyone to view, download and save your uploaded waveform.
Your input is most valuable as anything you choose to “Save and Share” or “Share” from the new Beta software will not only save to your PC but will also be uploaded to the Waveform Library.
As we all know, labelling and identifying waveforms is critical for reviewing at a later date and this is where we really need your valuable input.
Should you choose to upload a waveform to the library, can you add as much detail as possible to the “Vehicle Details Box” as this information will be invaluable to the next technician (wherever they may be) regarding the waveform they are viewing. Please imagine yourself as the technician viewing the waveform you are about to upload with no more information than VW-GOLF-INJECTOR and no detail on fuel type, engine code, engine size, model year, test condition etc. etc.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this post, I sincerely hope this proves to be an invaluable feature and of course any feedback would be most appreciated (Good or bad) Please be aware this exciting new feature is still in its infancy at the Beta stage and so you may identify a couple of glitches that we need to be aware of to enable a swift resolution.
Please note, the maximum file size for uploaded waveforms is set to 20 MB, and when uploading waveforms no "Customer Details" will be included.
Last edited by Steve Smith
on Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:26 am, edited 1 time in total.