Helperdeck is a small open-source application to help in building amps. It shows you a window with the board you're building, and the component bags. You can click on the board and see what component fits where, and you can click in the bags to see where those components go on the board. The schematic is also displayed, and the correlation between schematic and board. Building is much faster as there is so much less hunting for parts or for parts' places on the board.
There's also a window with all the components in each stage of the official 41Hz assembly instructions.
(Plus in the latest betas there's a window that groups all the components by type - so all resistors under one heading, all caps in another, etc. - useful for an overview and to study the kit you're building.)
This is how the latest beta3.8 looks like with the Amp32 help open, running on Ubuntu Linux- click to zoom:
Helperdeck is in beta testing now. Build help for Amp32, Amp4, Amp6-BASIC, Amp9-BASIC, Amp11, Amp15-PS and PS4 is included. The program is free, open source, and an easy download. It should run on any OS. It's easy to add new kits.
Sscreenshot of amp selection on Windows:
To download, first you need to get Shoes, the toolkit I'm programming in. It's a simple, small download and install.
Get Shoes first, Mac / Win / Linux: http://shoes.heroku.com/downloads
Then download Helperdeck beta3.7: http://github.com/AnthonBerg/helperdeck/zipball/beta3.8
Install Shoes. Unzip Helperdeck. Then open the Shoes, select "Open App ..." and open helperdeck.rb
Some windows will open up - the board, the bags, build-stage lists, and some extra windows.
Try clicking on the component rectangles in the board windows - a component will light up in a bag window. It also goes vice versa: Click in a bag, and all board positions that take that part will light up. Also the build stage windows are pretty cool – they show you what components make up the different stages of the build, corresponding to the official assembly instructions.
Here's a link to a tutorial posted later in this thread: http://www.41hz.com/forums/showthrea...8925#post28925
Each build-help pack is created directly from the 41Hz PDF files (the BOM etc.). The data is in a very readable and editable format, and it's going to be easy to add almost any amp or soldering project to Helperdeck.
Finally, here's the Github source repository if you want to see or edit the source code: http://github.com/AnthonBerg/helperdeck
Update, June 21 2010:
The latest beta, 3.7, cleans the interface up a lot and adds a very special window. Plus more datapacks, for instance for the PS4.
Update, June 29 2010:
Beta3.8 adds some small fixes, nothing groundbreaking.