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Re: Introduction and component/footprint integration


Hello Henner,  welcome! :-)

    Your profile is quite interesting for the project, I feel that many of
us share it too, and I agree,
every case comes with it's own fun and challenges.

This is a little site for the developers (just started, and needs a
language/content review)

And this are the plans Dick wrote -I know more people helped to design,
Wayne? -  for a distributed library, that
can come from many sources, keeps version control, part inheritance, and
can have source plugins, ...

    http://dev.kicad-pcb.org/sweet/     (</new> directory under the testing

They are for the schematic part right now, quite ambitious & powerful, and
once done, the same design may be extended
to the pcb footprint part.

   Greetings, Mkie

2012/5/13 Henner Zeller <h.zeller@xxxxxxx>

> Hi,
> This is my first post to this list, so let me introduce myself. In my
> day-life I am a software engineer working on big C++ programs; in my
> free time I am a maker of all kinds of things, part of it is
> electronics, mostly digitally. From multi-terabyte RAM in a
> distributed system to 128 byte RAM in a microcontroller - all provide
> their own fun and challenges.
> I have used eagle for my PCB-needs ever since it was available on DOS
> (uh, that might've been somewhere in the 80ies/early 90ies), and the
> availability later on Linux made me keep using it, but using a closed
> source tool always made me feel icky.
> So I revisited my choice and looked at kicad which seems like a very
> nice alternative indeed.
> Of course, there are things to improve, and this is where I'd like to
> contribute. My main pain point right now is the integration of
> components and their packages (e.g. when moving to a board, manually
> choose footprints with no clear default association) I'll have to play
> around a bit with it though to come up with concrete ideas. In general
> a more 'smooth' integration between the different tools would probably
> be nice.
> Anyway, since I am probably not the only one, I'd like to know if
> someone is working on this area. Maybe goals are discussed or
> described somewhere ? The main kicad site seems to be down right now,
> so excuse me if I ask something obvious (I've seen for instance the
> BIU change described in the source (biu-plan.txt), but haven't seen
> other highlevel plans documented there).
> I'll be travelling the next three weeks, so the next month or so, I'll
> be mostly watching the mailing list, reading code etc. before I can
> contribute something, one small patch at a time while learning the
> code base.
> cheers,
>  -henner
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