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Re: Ratsnest options


On 6/14/19 7:21 AM, Jeff Young wrote:
> Hi Seth,
> See below:
>> On 14 Jun 2019, at 00:22, Seth Hillbrand <seth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> <mailto:seth@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>> On 2019-06-13 10:26, Jeff Young wrote:
>>> So I’ll be the contrary one.
>>> First, I do agree with getting the number of access points down.
>>> However, I find myself turning the ratsnest on and off a lot.  And the
>>> toolbar is /much/ easier than the layers palette for that.
>>> As far as Preferences, I agree that it’s the right place for
>>> curved/straight (well, actually I’d be inclined to just offer
>>> curved, but I already lost that fight).  But why have shown/not shown
>>> in preferences?  And for that matter units and coordinates.  These
>>> aren’t really set-and-forget types of things, and the options
>>> toolbar is both easier to access and more visible for inspection.
>>> So how about removing in/mm and polar/cartesian from Preferences (and
>>> leaving them and ratsnest on/off in the options toolbar), rather than
>>> moving ratsnest on/off to Preferences?
>> OK.  It sounds like we are in agreement that the ratsnest on/off
>> doesn't belong in preferences but curved and probably show-on-move
>> settings do.
>> I'll take global ratsnest out of preferences and take the curved icon
>> off of the left bar.  Can I also remove global ratsnest options from
>> the View menu?
> The View menu is more accessible for sight impaired users.  That said, I
> think our story is pretty weak there anyway, so it may be a moot point.
>> @Jeff- What if I added hotkey handling for toggling view items like
>> the ratsnest?  Would that address the rapid switch issue?
> (1) yes, a hotkey would be great  (2) no, I don’t think it would
> substitute for a toolbar icon.
>> I'd like to put in/mm in the board settings (for the current board)
>> and remove it from the preferences panel and side toolbar.  You can
>> already set the grid to inches/mm so switching the display units is
>> less likely (I think) and would usually be on a per-project-basis.
> I still like the toolbar icon here too.  I got back and forth constantly
> because I use metric dimensions for my board outlines, mounting holes,
> etc., but a lot of the footprints I use are in mils.

I'm siding with Jeff on the units toolbar button.  I frequently switch
between imperial and metric units.  I definitely would not want this
removed from the footprint editor.

> Cheers,
> Jeff.
>> Best-
>> Seth