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Footprint display origin development
I'm starting work on extending display origin transforms to the
footprint editor. It appears this is entirely a matter of adding it to
the preferences, as the FP editor shares the rest of the code with Pcbnew.
Question 1: What's the likelihood of this feature being added to a
post-6.0 release prior to the 7.0 release?
I plan to create the new FP editor preferences panel from a copy of the
existing Pcbnew panel. I see a fair number of minor changes in the
Pcbnew origin preferences panel support code on the master branch after
the 6.0 tag. If there's a chance of this feature being added to a 6.x
release I'd rather develop based on the 6.0 code base rather than
chasing master, then port to 6.99 later.
Question 2: Does anyone see value in supporting a display origin other
than the "Coordinate origin point (anchor) of the footprint"?
Pcbnew supports display origins of page, aux, and grid. Grid origin was
my first experiment with Pcbnew years ago, but I found the aux origin
more useful. I debated dropping the grid origin option from Pcbnew when
I submitted patches for 6.0, but it was trivial to support so I left it in.
Since the footprint editor uses the Pcbnew transformation code already
in place, grid origin support in the FP editor merely requires allowing
the user to select it in the preferences. The FP editor doesn't support
an aux origin, so dropping grid origin means there won't be an "Display
origin" selection option at all, only axis directions.
Thoughts on this?
Happy New Year!