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Re: problems after draggin a footprint
jean-pierre charras <jean-pierre.charras@...>
Sat, 03 Nov 2007 12:02:12 +0100
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Dick Hollenbeck a écrit :
How about this protocol:
If I put an item in the todo.txt file, that means I am *not* working on it.
Otherwise, please assume that I am capable of dealing with whatever I am
working on, unless I ask for your help.
So, the todo list must have infos like the changelog file, i.e.:
2007-Nov-2 TODO Jack Smith <JSmith@...>
Must we have a "work_in_progress" list, because sometimes, we must
synchronise the work ?
(I believe a powerfull and modern zone support will request a lot of
work and collaboration).
There is too much to do and too few man-hours for you to be
micro-managing little issues like this. You cannot do it all, you need
the help of folks like Geoff and me.
I agree with you.
Maybe other developers aren't as sensitive to this, but I am. Think of
me as a BIG hammer, not a little hammer. I may have been born at night,
but not last night.
I understand what you mean.
And you way of coding shows you are born some nights ago.
I am thinking about this, but i have currently no precise idea on this,
I had a look at geda (and its board editor, PCB), and the zone support
More importantly, how is the zone support going?
I noticed the zones are handled as polygons.
The gerber files use filled polygons, with no holes (like Geoff said,
polygons with holes must not used in gerber)
When a polygon has a hole, it is drawn as 2 (or more) adjacent sub
polygons with no hole ( the adjacent edges
are around the hole)
But the PCB code as only very few comments, and requires some work to be
And i must play with PCB because i do not found how to remove copper
zone under the tracks
(in my first try, pads where correctly handled but the copper pour
covers all the existing tracks)
Before starting coding we must have a good idea on some important subjects:
- How to handle zones and non filled areas within a zone (Of course
polygons are a great approach)
- How to draw a zone on screen (The PCB code can help us).
In some board editors i have seen, I believe the filled polygon is
drawn off screen (in a memory dc for instance)
and after the non filled zones and and board items (tracks, pads) with
the clearance value added to the items size are drawn in black in the
and after the result is copied on screen, like a mas.
Is it a better (and faster) way ?
- I have no idea about a trick to remove ( after creating the zone, and
on the fly after creating a new track ) the dead copper
- I have no idea about algorithms used to draw the zone, with no holes
in gerber format. but i hope the PCB code can help us.
- And perhaps, we must found algorithms to detect overlapping zones, for
Of course, we can use the current way used by pcbnew to handle zones,
with some improvements to edit and save egdes zone,
but i think the polygon approach is a more powerfull approach.
However i planned to release the current kicad version ASAP (next week
for a release candidate) because the current version is rather good.
So the bug hunting is the priority (and during this time thinking about
zones is the priority) .
After we can start large changes on zone handling (when some ansvers
will be found about these problems).
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