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On 12/11/2012 12:33 AM, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
> On 12/10/2012 08:31 AM, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
>> On 12/10/2012 07:04 AM, Marcelo Conceição Santos wrote:
>>> Hello, KiCad developers, congratulations to all, this program is fabulous with regard to
>>> paid software!
>>> My name is Marcelo, I live in Brazil, working in the manufacture of printed circuit
>>> boards (PCBs), and do some electronics projects. I am currently studying the KiCad to be
>>> my tool of personal projects.
>>> Would you like to contribute a suggestion, I believe, will be of great help for
>>> optimization of time for many designers.
>>> We have many problems with respect to insert components and their location at any
>>> entanglement of a library.
>>> Attached insert what we would greatly facilitate (both Eeschema as the PCB Editor), it's
>>> already fixed a window with a list of manufacturers, to select appears below the list of
>>> components, select the component symbol appears and below the component (and if desired,
>>> below the 3D drawing thereof). The idea is that, when I find my component with the
>>> mouse, I would select, and ne a process of DRAG, I would enter the symbol of the component.
>>> I know you must locate a component to associate with the symbol that we are doing the
>>> "CVPCB", so I would suggest that after the location of the symbol, as could have the
>>> opportunity to locate the associated component instead of doing it all once at the end
>>> of the project (it's too much work). It would be very interesting if we could save it in
>>> a database for the association of the symbol with the component was no longer needed
>>> (one more optimization work).
>>> Appendix for details!
>>> Well, I have helped, that's all!
>>> Success to you all!
>>> Marcelo 
> Wayne and I spoke at length on the phone 6 weeks ago about carving out the footprint
> library editor/viewer into a DLL/DSO.  Then it could be loaded from eeschema and you could
> pick or even design your footprints while the schematic part was fresh in your mind.  If
> that assignment was done then and there, and the footprint field of the schematic part was
> stuffed at that time, I wonder if cvpcb would even be needed.

I can't think of a good reason to keep CvPcb around if you can easily
assign footprints in the schematic editor.  Most of the comments I've
seen have been fairly negative about having to use a separate tool to
assign footprints to components in KiCad.  It would also be one less
thing to maintain.

> Well since I suggested it, I still like the idea of a separate DLL/DSO tool that does:
> a) footprint editor and viewing.
> b) library management, moving footprints from one lib to another.
> c) footprint selection
> d) library table editing

I agree that it is a very good idea.  The biggest issue I see is
decoupling all of the footprint viewer/editor and even some low level
PCB object code from PCB_EDIT_FRAME which will not be a trivial task.
It will have to happen before all of this code can become a stand alone
DSO/DLL.  We (developers) just need to keep that in mind as we are
modifying or adding to any of this code.


> Dick
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