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Re: Arc Adjustment proposal


Don't get me wrong... I don't say KiCad has not to be improved.

I just say that complex mechanical objects have to be designed and checked in a mechanical environment.

And that is exactly what we have done with the KiCAd libraries...
Most of footprints are designed using scripts and are checked using a mechanical sw.

I agree that a new user should find a decent drawing editor, but when he/she gets experienced, the right direction is toward a MCAD/ECAD collaboration.

All commercial ECADs do it already, even with the entry level products.
So mechanical collaboration should be strongly suggested IMO.


On 07/11/2019 6:51 PM, Jon Evans wrote:
I strongly disagree with this mindset.
It feels like saying that because KiCad is currently bad at something, it
should always be bad at something and users should just use a different
tool because KiCad will never be good at it.
If we have the developer interest to make KiCad good at drawing things, why
not do so?
It doesn't help that the available FOSS MCAD tools are (in my opinion) much
less capable relative to their commercial competitors than KiCad is
relative to commercial ECAD tools.


On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 12:16 PM easyw <easyw@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On 07/11/2019 5:17 PM, Jeff Young wrote:

Here’s a footprint I drew recently which was made much harder by Kicad’s
focus on arc centre points:

This is exactly an example that should be done in a mechanical CAD and
imported later in KiCAD (i.e. as DXF).

Complex mechanical object should be addressed with mechanical CAD, not

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