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Re: Project templates (related to the modal dialog thread)


On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM, Edwin van den Oetelaar <
oetelaar.automatisering@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM, Brian Sidebotham <
> brian.sidebotham@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi Guys,
>> I was recently thinking it would be cool to implement a templating
>> system for KiCad projects. This means including more than just a
>> project file as the basis of a new project.
>> Particularly for people doing Arduino projects and the like, it would
>> be very handy to be able to select a template when starting a new
>> project as a kickstart. The template would be able to consist of any
>> file type, so could include various schematic files, and a board file.
>> To make it universal, I think it would be good to include several
>> templates with the KiCad install, but also have a search path (or
>> environmental variable pointing to a path) for user templates.
>> I see a template as a simple directory of files. It need not be any
>> more complicated than that. It would be easy to implement, and if the
>> default project (which now only consists of a project file) were to
>> also include a schematic and board file, then any issue of a modal nag
>> box would be eradicated anyway.
>> It should be a simple directory wildcard copy and rename. All we would
>> need to do is define a template structure which could consist of a
>> simple text file to provide a description of the template, perhaps
>> possibly with a few images. These description and image files would
>> not need to be copied to the new project directory so there would need
>> to be a defined structure and/or naming convention for the template
>> files.
>> Does this sound like a valid proposal? I'd like to add this to the
>> project, so if it feels like a good direction to move in, we can
>> hammer out the details for a templating system.
>> Best Regards,
>> Brian.
> To me it sounds like a "create project (from template)" wizard, that could
> be created using the new scripting interface.
> I would not suggest implementing using scripts instead of file-copies.

I mean I would suggest using scripts instead of just file copies. (invert
my statement)

> You could also do stuff like :
> Create new project -> select/define board size (eg euro card/arduino
> board/your standard) -> select /define mounting holes -> select/define
> default width/spacing of tracks (technology)
> And an option like : take these parameters from existing project...
> Just a thought,
> Edwin

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