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Re: Usability test.


I just quickly scanned through it. I noticed you scanned through the
component tree for component selection - You should try to use the
search-as-you-type feature in the filter box for component selection,
it really is very quick to narrow down your choices.


On 9 September 2014 13:54, 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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