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Re: Introduction and component/footprint integration


On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 05:17:14PM -0700, Henner Zeller wrote:
> 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.

General product quality in eagle makes people feel icky... when pcb
shops refuse gerbers from eagle there *must* be a reason. The UI is
crappy too but that's not a showstopper:P

> So I revisited my choice and looked at kicad which seems like a very
> nice alternative indeed.

For most things kicad is (obviously XD) better than eagle. Also costs
about 900 EUR less :D

> 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.

*Please* don't ask for a push/shove router. Better yet, implement it :D

> 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

IIRC there is no current plan for new user interface in pcbnew, so just
tell what you're thinking about.

Lorenzo Marcantonio
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