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Re: [PATCH] Pcbnew menu bar
On 14 February 2018 at 08:54, Maciej Sumiński <maciej.suminski@xxxxxxx>
> Well done, Michael! There is one more patch that should go with these
> changes (see the attachment), otherwise Linux users see some asserts.
> I mostly agree with Jeff's remarks below, but IMHO your patches are
> already a huge improvement in their current state.
> On 02/14/2018 02:23 AM, Jeff Young wrote:
>> Good stuff; I like most of these changes.
>> A few issues:
>> Show/Hide Layers Manager and Show/Hide Microwave Toolbar should be
changed to checkable items (with just the show version of the text). They
should also probably move down the menu so they’re in the same order as the
>> I think I’d use “Zone Display” instead of “Zones” for the zone display
>> User Defined Grid… should be moved from the Dimensions menu to just
under Show Grid on the View menu and renamed Grid Settings....
> I suppose Dimensions menu could be entirely moved to Preferences as a
Please see my reply to Jeff regarding a "Setup" menu.
> I also wonder if there is any reason to keep Icons submenu, as there is
> only one entry. It is not an option that is frequently changed, so could
> be safely moved to Preferences dialog.
> The same applies to Languages, but perhaps there is a benefit of easy
> access to the menu in case KiCad runs using a language unknown to the
These are "global" KiCad settings, the general preferences dialog
accessible from Pcbnew is Pcbnew specific. This is where KiCad could
greatly benefit from a common preferences dialog across all apps for
application preferences such as that suggested on the mailing list before:
Unfortunately I don't have wxFormBuilder (correct version blah blah)
installed on my laptop nor the time to learn it at the moment (final year
engineering student), so unless someone else wants to jump in and help with
the preference dialog changes, I'm afraid they won't get done by me.
>> Instead of adding a new top-level Inspect menu, how about reorganising
the Tools menu:
> True, perhaps at one point when we provide too many tools we can start
> splitting them into submenus.
>> Read Netlist…
>> Update PCB from Schematic…
>> Design Rules Checker
>> Set Layer Pair…
>> Alternatively, if others really like the Inspect menu, we should move
Design Rules Checker to it as well.
>> I don’t think I’d move the global editing stuff from the Edit menu to
the Tools menu.
>> Pads Mask Clearance… and Differential Pairs... should probably move to
the Design Rules menu? (Or perhaps Differential Pairs… should go to the
Route menu? Either way it should be renamed Differential Pair Settings….)
>> Oh, and one of the biggest issues with Legacy vs Modern is that folks
think it’s just a view change (not a whole different toolset). We should
move them to the Preferences menu to help clear that up. They’d go well
near Display Settings….
> Then maybe we could make it sound more descriptive? How about 'Modern
>>> On 13 Feb 2018, at 22:46, Michael Kavanagh <michael@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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