Good evening group.
It is hard to criticise PicoScope on the whole, as their products & the company ethos are exceptional & quite unique in this day & age, however if I was to raise a niggle, then it would be this.
The implementation of seemingly obvious features that are kind of basic & necessary within the automotive sector, appear have been missing for a long time & even though the omissions have been raised on numerous occasions, still the gaps remain.
I noticed the other day that duty cycle measurement still does not cover the more common "duty cycle low = on" that we see almost without exception in our testing environment. For sure, it is easy to do the maths & figure that a displayed 75% duty cycle, translates to the 25% that we are seeing via serial data on the scan tool, but really? should this most basic measurement not be made available for us within the software, without the fuss of having to create a maths channel, or mental arithmetic.
It occured to me also that there used to be a nice feature within the long forgotten Pico 5 software, that enabled us to view a measured value in numerical form (like we see on a regular DVOM). This was actually a useful feature in my opinion, as it can be quite difficult sometimes to view & judge the voltage as seen in the regular waveform layout, when viewed through the windscreen from the drivers seat. Currently (no pun honest
) there is the facility to display a measurement in a large font, but this only displays an average which only updates as the screen capture is completed (or between rulers or cycling at rulers, but all options equally miss the point). What we really need is a numerical display which displays a "live" value in real time.
These are two features from my immediate wish list, but I wonder what other users might think? Is there something that niggles you, but you put up with & work around it without a thought?
I remember years ago, having a regular moan about the fact that Pico lagged behind Snap-on scopes, in terms of its ability to graph frequency & plot it live on screen. Snap-on had this covered years in advance & it worked well, yet it took Pico an age to wake up & realise the need. Inverted secondary is another one, but I have said enough.
A lot of these features would be a walk in the park to implement (I think) & I suspect that the only reason we don't have them, is because Pico development, don't think that we really need them. We see this a lot with diag tool developers too. They decide what is good for us, instead of listening to what the guys at the sharp end want.
Like I said from the outset, Pico is a phenomenal company & I have great respect for what they do for us, but hey, I am greedy & I want more!
Politely of course.