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Re: Concept Idea for schematic page management


Hello, Bastian!

I like your ideas as well.
But this Widget could contain much more information that I would call it i.e. "Design Explorer".
You can have your schematics in a tree view covering the hierarchical schematic pages as you suggest.
But then you could also browse your design by Components, by Netnames, by Footprints, by Designrules, etc...

And - in the long term view - when people get more into table-based design entry for 200++ pins components (which you won't type and manage by hand...) we could also have links to "externally defined components" to be managed/accessed/imported/exported from this "design explorer".



On 2017-09-07 12:06, Michael Kavanagh wrote:
> Hi Bastian,
> I like this idea. The ability to leave the widget open and have it remain on top whilst interacting with the schematic will be useful as well.
> Another CAD package I have used has two items under each sheet/block, labelled "Symbols" and "Nets", where double clicking on it would bring up the edit dialog. This might be a useful feature to implement for large designs if its not too much extra work.
> Cheers,
> Michael
> On 7 September 2017 at 10:29, Bastian Neumannn <neumann.bastian@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:neumann.bastian@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I ususlly work with schematics of around 5 to 15 pages. A3 sized that is. Using A4 for schematics that easily bloats up to 30 pages.
>     For those schematics I am not using KiCad since they are in a professional environment.
>     Given the situation that I am currently working on a big design in KiCad that reaches up to 40 pages A3 it is a little bit cumbersome to keep track of subsheets.
>     I propose to add more functionality to the hirarchy browser.
>     1. Make the widget dockable so I can easily jump between subsheets
>     2. Have empty sheets that do not have to be placed on the schematic for stuff like:
>       - Table of contents
>       - Block diagramms
>       - Change History & Reviews
>       - Additional Information
>     3. Have the ability to change the order of the sheets. Since I might add one later on and don't want it to be at the end of the list
>     Here is an inclomplete mock up of what a big schematic for a mainboard could look like.
>     Inline-Bild 1
>     I am looking for more ideas on what to change. I think some of the changes will have a big impact so we better talk about a concept beforehand.
>     Cheers,
>     Basti
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