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Re: Metric and English grids sizes.
Wayne Stambaugh <stambaughw@...>
Sun, 11 Oct 2009 11:18:15 -0400
Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 (Windows/20090812)
Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
> Isaac Marino Bavaresco wrote:
>> Wayne Stambaugh escreveu:
>>> I just wanted to get some feedback on the current grid setting design.
>>> Does it make sense to have both the metric and English grid sizes show
>>> up in the grid selection list? Does anyone want to snap to a 0.127mm or
>>> a 0.254mm grid. I propose changing the grid list to only show the
>>> metric grid sizes when millimeters are selected and English grid sizes
>>> when inches are selected. The user grid will always be shown in the
>>> current units. I already have it coded up and working and wanted to
>>> make sure that there were no objections before I made the commit.
>>> Also on a related note, someone changed the last grid setting in pcbnew
>>> from the application settings to a project file setting. Is this really
>>> where we want to save the last setting? It seems to me that this more
>>> of an application setting than a project parameter. If no one objects I
>>> will change it back to an application setting. This implementation also
>>> saves the command ID of the grid instead of the actual grid size. It
>>> will break any time someone inserts new commands into the global command
>>> ID file before the grid command IDs. I just found that out the hard
>>> way. If the consensus is to leave the last grid setting in the project
>>> file, this will have to be fixed or it will cause problems in the future.
>> In my opinion, grid settings belong to the board. A board with only
>> through hole components is likely to use only imperial units, boards
>> with only modern SMD packages will use mostly metric, and others with
>> new and older SMD packages may need both.
>> If you switch from working on a board with only large PTH components to
>> a fine pitch SMD one, the grid used in one is likely not going to be
>> useful in the other.
>> Best regards,
> If I am following this correctly, I get to pick from one of 3 places?
> App, project, or board?
You don't really get to choose. As of right now, the setting in the
project file gets loaded last, so the project file setting trumps the
application setting. I didn't find any place where the grid setting is
saved in the board file, but I could have missed it.
> Well I definitely don't think that an existing board file, when loaded
> again, should get its grid settings from an APP wide file. Board first,
> then project as second choice, make more sense to me.
> For new boards I don't care, that happens less frequently, go ahead and
> find another solution for that. But if I set the grid for a board, and
> am working on more than one board back and forth, it would be nice if
> the grid setting would come with the board, on the assumption that not
> all boards are as busy and I am not using the same grid on both boards.
> This has been my experience.