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I have a methodology for this issues. I have a master schematic that I use as library (with hierarchy for resistors, capacitors, and about 8 other categories, and then more hierarchy for more focused selections) because I find that once I've looked up a part on Mouser or Digikey, put in all the attributes for the part and generate a new module/component I will likely use this part again. I just add this as a sheet to what every project I'm working on and when I'm done, I delete it. This way I can do all my prep up front (in the library schematic) after spice sims and all. Then when I'm in schematics, I drop down the hierarchy select and save the part, pop back up and paste the part (now I have the part with all the attribute and correct footprint/module). I would love a solution with a full on database with parts from Christmas past but I think Santa is not coming this year with bag of money for the developers to do it:)

Hope that inspires.


On 12/11/2012 10:47 PM, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
On 12/11/2012 10:01 PM, Kaspar Bumke wrote:
I would just like to chime in as a user that I guess I don't mind
whether I launch the "window" where I assign footprints from the main
KiCad launcher or from eeSchema. The decoupling between the schematic
file and the footprint assignment is quite important to me though. I
like being able to have a diode somewhere and not care what package it
comes in. Having these as separate files is definitely a feature for

WIth that in mind I guess I fail to understand why maintaining a
seperate DLL/DSO is easier than maintaining a separate executable.
The problem is I want to make footprints before I make a board.

The footprints I need are rarely there, I have to make them more than 50% of the time.

I don't want to have to enter Pcbnew to design footprints, create a project, assign
library paths, this is all a nuisance to making a footprint in a library I already have.

It feels like there is a *chasm* in the design process.

So if you are asking me, forget maintenance, think nuisance.

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