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Re: Usability test.


Just a note that may help you out:  I know this isn't true for lots of
software, but the help menu in kicad is actually useful.  It links you to
the user manual that will explain how to move symbols around, etc.

On Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM, Tim Hutt <tdhutt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been looking for a good free EDA software for ages, and currently use
> Designspark PCB, which is freeware but not open source (although the only
> limitation is an unobtrusive RS splash advert on startup). It is ok though
> - and orders of magnitude better than Eagle. I tried gEDA years ago and it
> was worthless.
> Anyway, I've been following CERN's work on Kicad, and thought I'd give
> Kicad a try. These sorts of programs always seem to fail on basic usability
> things (like how to copy/paste) so I recorded my first ever Kicad session!
> Hopefully it will be valuable so you can see what new users thing when
> trying Kicad (assuming you care).
> It's 30 mins. Somewhat low quality youtube (it downscaled 1024p to 720p
> stupidly):
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k93cSNXEFUk
> Original (better quality):
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/jymyxaoe1mg98qh/Kicad_Newbie_Part_One.mp4?dl=0
> I hope I don't seem too critical in the video. Although Kicad did have
> some of the same crazy usability issues that seem to plague all EDA apps
> (failed the copy/paste test!), it did seem fairly clean and non-buggy and
> fixing the usability issues is probably not too hard (/me tentatively
> raises volunteering hand).
> What do you guys think?
> Cheers,
> Tim
> PS: Kicad-winbuilder is awesome. Well done whoever is responsible for that!
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