Tips and tricks are useful in getting a task done faster or to shorten a process. We compiled a list of 11 tips and tricks to help you with your curve tracing software and more. Feel free to email us your own tip or trick when using RTI’s curve trace software!

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1. Use the F keys and USB footswitch for hands-free curve tracing.  When using a probe station, it is useful not to have to look at the screen or keyboard to trigger the curve trace to start.  You can get a 2 or 3 button footswitch online and program the F9, F10, and ESC keys to start and stop the curve tracing by using your feet.

2. Control key shortcuts save time.  See the menus for all the available shortcuts.  The most useful are F9, ESC, Ctl-F, and Ctrl-A for step, abort, open file manager, and Autoscale. Ctrl-D can be used to toggle between trace ID and standard cursor.

3. DataTrace is now synchronized with StdTrace.  Use either GUI and prepare for the future of MultiTrace by using it now. DataTrace has many features for Analysis and report writing, take a look here.

4. Print every curve in a file to a separate image using DataTrace. This is a feature previously unavailable in StdTrace and it’s very useful when preparing reports.

5. Open 2 switch windows to see the Physical and Logical view at the same time.

6. You can edit which programs launch from the Start MultiTrace icon by modifying the list in the UTAPPS.INI file

7. Pin name files can save more than 50% of the time entering test conditions on high pin count devices.  Tools in MTForms allow you to sort and filter the names to quickly compile useful lists.

8. DataTrace allows you to view curves from any folder.  The ability to copy results to another PC for analysis and writing reports makes this a great productivity tool.

9. Reduce sweep speed, increase resolution, and optimize heat to a hotspot can be accomplished by manipulating the settings on the Settings and Measurements tabs of MTForms.

10. RTI sockets often accept more than one type of lid.  Many customers order sockets in larger quantities and a variety of different lids to satisfy a range of applications from burn-in to failure analysis.

11. Never clean a socket with liquids.  Use compressed air and a soft nylon brush to remove most loose debris.  RTI can also supply more aggressive cleaning brushes and spare pins to replace the ones with permanently stuck on contamination.  RTI can refurbish most sockets we build.

Contact us if you want to learn more tips or tricks.