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Kicad HackChat

Wayne Stambaugh, Project Leader at Kicad will be discussing the road map and status of the Kicad Project

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Join us in the Hack Chat to talk about Kicad, an open source schematic and board level design software. You can download Kicad for free here.

This 30 minute session will be about the status on the Kicad project, some of the new stuff that's coming up and is a place to make suggestions to current features, air complaints and add wish list items.

Have questions? Add them to the list.

For people who aren't interested in Kicad, we did an Eagle HackChat Friday January 13th and it was excellent.

Read the Eagle transcript here.

  • (edited) Transcript of the Kicad chat!

    Sophi Kravitz01/20/2017 at 23:15 1 comment

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    Hello everyone on hackaday.io! My name is Wayne Stambaugh and I am the KiCad project leader. Welcome to KiCad chat and thank you all for dropping by.

    LazyHD says:5 hours ago

    use*

    Shulie Tornel says:5 hours ago

    Welcome Wayne!

    Atom Wolf says:5 hours ago

    Hi Wayne!

    Shulie Tornel says:5 hours ago

    Thanks for coming! :)

    Piotr Esden-Tempski says:5 hours ago

    Wayne! Welcome! :)

    5 hours ago

    Welcome Wayne!

    Anool Mahidharia says:5 hours ago

    Yo @Wayne Stambaugh

    5 hours ago

    @Wayne Stambaugh, just a quick housekeeping here

    Anool Mahidharia says:5 hours ago

    a big Hi-5 for all the work you and the team put's in on KiCAD

    5 hours ago

    we have a list of Qs here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14rWpk5Mkoyq-CCKAN_x-Gm6t4dDOoInF4hb_LLe4G_8/edit#gid=0

    5 hours ago

    Wayne has also shared a presentation with us about upcoming stuff: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ng6CtJ1Hh6NU11UTRrbzZBYjg/view?usp=sharing

    Chris Gammell says:5 hours ago

    I just move too fast for any chat to keep up with me

    oshpark says:5 hours ago

    Hooray for KiCad! We're excited to hear from you, Wayne!

    Anool Mahidharia says:5 hours ago

    whoa, al the big guys are here

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    I know it's laggy when I'm typing faster that it's displaying characters. ;)

    scott.shawcroft says:5 hours ago

    The features of V5 look really awesome!

    Benchoff says:5 hours ago

    oh cool the gang's all here

    5 hours ago

    hey everyone is here! awesome!

    scott.shawcroft says:5 hours ago

    I'm excited to see the PCB rendering unified to opengl

    riktw says:5 hours ago

    Huh, that presentation answered most of my questions.

    Anool Mahidharia says:5 hours ago

    +1, roadmap looks awesome

    Oliver Launchbury-Clark says:5 hours ago

    @Sophi Kravitz Just to check, do you want us to put questions directly into that google sheet or to ask here then post in the sheet as an archive?

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    I think V5 will be a great release. A lot of new features and it lays ground work for future features with the schematic and symbol library file formats.

    Garrett Mace says:5 hours ago

    Can anyone remind me whether KiCAD has a design-time CLI? As in, I can move a part to coordinate 22.5, 10.1?

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    Post your questions here. I'll try to answer the questions in the doc later.

    Atom Wolf says:5 hours ago

    Garrett, you can do that but it isn't really a CLI.

    Chris Gammell says:5 hours ago

    Yes, you can edit the part and put in coodinates directly

    Chris Gammell says:5 hours ago

    yeah, it's a part edit thing

    Chris Gammell says:5 hours ago

    maybe could do with python though?

    Garrett Mace says:5 hours ago

    Radial and relative coordinates?

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    KiCad does not have a CLI interface at this time. It has been discussed and it's something we would like to implement at some point but lack of manpower is holding back at the moment.

    Garrett Mace says:5 hours ago

    Thanks :)

    scott.shawcroft says:5 hours ago

    There is relative move as well. I haven't seen radial

    LazyHD says:5 hours ago

    @Wayne Stambaugh any plans for mechanical DRC in kicad such as height restrictions. The footprint can have a maximum height field and in pcbnew check it against a DRC value.

    Garrett Mace says:5 hours ago

    Regarding that manpower issue. I've noticed that Bountysource mirrors issues for KiCAD but no bounties have been paid out. How do we formalize getting payment out there for specific features?

    Wayne Stambaugh says:5 hours ago

    The only radial placement I'm aware of is in the array tool.

    riktw says:5 hours ago

    I looked at the V5 items, which would solve a lot of my issues, is there any rough idea on a release or beta release for that?

    Atom Wolf says:5 hours ago

    Garrett, I know you can donate money to CERN for KiCad, but AFAIK you can't earmark it for a feature.

    Chris Gammell says:5 hours ago

    Wayne, could you discuss the developer/project side thoughts about beginners vs expert tools? There are often pro features that are interesting but there are always new people coming in and trying to learn the tool and are baffled by the interface.

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Adam Vadala-Roth wrote 01/20/2017 at 22:12 point

enjoyed talking with everyone today!

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 01/20/2017 at 12:58 point

Here's a handy google doc for questions. You don't have to use it, but it will help keep track, especially if things are very busy. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14rWpk5Mkoyq-CCKAN_x-Gm6t4dDOoInF4hb_LLe4G_8/edit?usp=sharing

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Jens Rapp wrote 01/20/2017 at 07:05 point
i'm only KiCad user

and no hacker, and I won't be able to join the chat..

.. but what i always missed is the possibility of creating and importing some kind of snippets or templates.

There are many patterns you always need, e.g. MAX232 and it's needed capacitors or an AVR microcontroller with it's basic connections, ... 

Would be cool if I didn't have to cad this each time I need it but just import it to my schematic. Much cooler if this would also work with pcb design snippets..

Maybe someone else can suggest this :-P

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Jens Rapp wrote 01/20/2017 at 13:20 point

:-) i did

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ActualDragon wrote 01/17/2017 at 16:01 point

man i wish somebody would make one for chrome

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oshpark wrote 01/14/2017 at 02:15 point

We're looking forward to it!

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