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Re: Layers visibility [1 Attachment]


2009/5/30 Gabriele Oberhammer <gabriele@...>:
> [Attachment(s) from Gabriele Oberhammer included below]
> Dear Kicad developers,
> I wish to suggest a little change in the way layers visibility is managed.
> I've already done some work, which you can see in the attached screenshoot.
> Basically, this is what I propose:
> - create a new right vertical toolbar (called LayersToolbar or whatever
> makes sense) to
> make layers visible/invisible directly (instead of doing Preferences->Color
> and
> Visibility->check/uncheck->Apply)
> - change the 'Colors and Visibility' dialog so checking/unchecking layers
> will chose which
> layer visibilities are managed by the LayersToolbar.
> - add a new tool on the left toolbar to show/hide the LayerToolbar
> Obviously the proposed LayersToolbar could be extended to manage the layers
> 'Tech' and
> 'Others' and/or display a little square near the layer name painted in the
> layer color.
> The bar will at most display 16 buttons, so it should fit for every
> resolution.
> If not, it will be simple to display fewer buttons and a 'Next' button on
> the bottom which
> will show the remaining layers.
> I think this approach could be useful when you want to quickly hide a layer
> to better read
> a label which is overlapped with another (see cpu pin WR-132 / CLK 10 MHz in
> the screenshoot).
> It could also give some benefits to new users because a recurring question
> in the user-list is how to hide/show layers.
> Do you think this change is a good idea or not?
> I'll wait replays and comments before going on on e dead-end :-)
> Best regards, Gabriele.

This would be useful IMHO, but these buttons has to have smaller size
with only numbers or single letters and colours of the layers. One
other application has that.

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