Archive for the ‘MacOS Simulations’ Category

Satisfy your need for speed with TORCS

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

runs on Linuxruns on Macruns on Windows
screenshot of TORCS

If you've always wanted to drive a race car like a bat out of you-know-where, but are prone to getting car sick, you could have a problem. For you or anybody else with a need for speed but the inability to follow through—whether because of that motion sickness problem or the lack of a major corporate sponsor for your racing team—a racing simulator may be your best friend. TORCS may be just what the doctor—or the mechanic—ordered.

The Open Racing Car Simulator is an open source multi-platform racing simulation. Choose from dozens of different cars, tracks, and opponents. You don't need any special hardware, since you can drive using your keyboard or mouse, as well as a joystick or steering wheel. It turns out that there's a pretty big user community out there as well: you can grab additional cars and tracks from other websites to add to the official offerings.

TORCS is available for Linux, Mac (OS X 10.3.9 ), and Windows platforms.

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Circuit simulator for Mac OS X

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

runs on Mac
screenshot of MacSpice

Back in the day, when you wanted to design an electrical or electronic circuit, you used a "breadboard" to build your prototype. By plugging your components into the solderless sockets, it was easy to play "what if" games, easily tweaking and reconfiguring your design until you got it right. Fast forward to today, where everything is done on computers.

MacSpice is a virtual breadboard, that lets you design and build simulated circuits. Now instead of handsfull of diodes, resistors, and transistors, you string their virtual equivalents together to examine whether your design will actually do what you want it to do.

Now don't get the idea that you're going to be able to draw a schematic diagram and get your results from that—MacSpice isn't a WYSIWYG circuit board designer; rather you have to enter a text file description of your proposed circuit. It then analyses the electrical characteristics of that description to tell you how it would behave if you have plugged all the pieces into your Radio Shack equipment.

MacSpice is a Mac application. It's released as a Universal Binary, so you'll need to be running 10.3.9 or better to use the current version. They've still got older versions available for folks that are running systems as old as MacOS version 8.5.

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iPhoney: as close as you can get without camping out in line

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007


If you were able to score an iPhone the first day out, congratulations! For everyone else, here's the consolation prize: iPhoney.

iPhoney is an iPhone simulator. While it doesn't place calls, and you can't upload your iTunes library into it, you can optimize your website for display in the iPhone's web browser. Sporting a 320 x 480 simulated display–or a 480 x 320 display–you can see how your web pages will appear on the iPhone's screen. Rotate the display to see it both ways.

In addition, iPhoney simulates the iPhone's user agent string, so you can check your redirects and other browser-specific behavior.

If you're developing web sites for the iPhone and don't have one of your own, you really need to give iPhoney a spin.

Two year contract not required.

iPhoney is a Mac app and requires OS X 10.4.7 or later.

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Free Flight Simulator

Friday, September 16th, 2005


Flightgear may be the closest thing to actually strapping yourself in the left seat. This flight simulator rivals commercial software like Microsoft Flight Simulator, delivering beautiful, realistic scenery, lighting, terrain, and flight controls. You can take off and land at more than 20,000 airports worldwide and can take command of dozens of different aircraft including the 1903 Wright plane and military fighter jets. You don’t need a top of the line computer to run the program, but plenty of RAM and a better graphics card will provide better results. Whether you are looking to burn some time flying the open skies, or want to supplement your flight school training, give Flightgear a try.

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