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KiCAD 5.99/6 Python API status & time schedule
I develop and maintain several KiCAD plugins. Many of my users started
switching/would like to KiCAD 5.99 as it brings many exciting features.
Therefore, I get frequently a question when KiCAD v5.99 will be
supported. However, as there were some breaking changes and some parts
of the API are gone and their substitutes are missing, I cannot support
nightly (e.g., ). I remember there were some promises on the API for
5.99/6 during summer-autumn 2020 that it could be ready around end of
January 2021. However, as I checked the source code, there are no news
regarding the API. I also did not found any draft on the proposed
feature of the API.
Therefore, I would like to ask you:
- is there any proposal of the new API for pcbnew and eeschema we could
check out? I am interested to see it, possibly start adapting my plugins
to it and e.g., give you feedback on missing functionality/hard to use
parts before it gets freeze (basically my concerns from )
- is there any work-in-progress we can test? If not, is there a known
time estimate when KiCAD can reach first testable version of the Python API?
- I know that maintaining large open-source project is hard and time
consuming, so I would like to ask if there is anything I could do to
help your regarding the API? I have already contributed to KiCAD and I
think am a skillful C++ programmer, so if there are some isolated tasks
that you can delegate, I am willing to contribute!
PS: As I am not a native speaker, so I am not sure if I set the tone of
the e-mail right. To clarify; I am writing in a curious and caring
matter. I do not blame you guys for not having the API yet. I value your
work and appreciate it a lot!