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Re: Improving usability of KiCad
Dick Hollenbeck <dick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sat, 09 Oct 2010 16:06:26 -0500
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On 10/09/2010 12:58 AM, dave m wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I recently started using KiCad for a project I'm working on at home.
> Overall I'm quite impressed with the current status of the software,
> and as far as I know it's the best open-source EDA package available.
> I tried gEDA briefly and found it limited and not very intuitive.
Yes, even though its written in C?
> I've been using Altium Designer at work for a few years now so I've
> come to appreciate it's MANY features. I'm certainly biased towards
> their way of doing things.
> It's unlikely that an open source project will be able to compete with
> commercial software, but I think KiCad has a lot of potential even
> though it has a lot of room for improvement.
> I'm not much of a developer-- I'm okay with C but complex C++ stuff is
> beyond me. I doubt I can contribute any patches but I'd really like
> to help improve KiCad.
> How else can I help? You might have guessed that I have a lot of
> ideas about how the UI "should" work, but if that's not up for debate
> then I don't want to spam the list.
We are essentially rewriting eeschema very soon.
Try and read the entire thread called "exploiting human readability",
and creating a UI document. Since we are brainstorming, there are no
barriers, and no commitments.
Focus on the UI, we have not even started thinking about that.