Version 2.1 is here:
- Default KiCad 3D Models will now properly load for all eligible AKL footprints.
- Improved Documentation.
- Minor fixes for SMD and THT trimmers.
See the GitHub page below for full changelog.
Massive update for AKL introducing over 20000 symbols in the new KiCad 6 format and multiple new footprint libraries.
Now available directly from KiCAD’s Plugin and Content Manager.
- New symbols - Diodes, Transistors, Optocouplers and more:
- Double-sided silkscreen - ‘Double’ libraries:
More details available in the User Manual
AKL User Manual.pdf (3.9 MB)
- Via the KiCad’s Plugin and Content Manager:
Open Plugin and Content Manager from KiCad’s home screen.
In the ‘Libraries’ tab search for ‘Alternate KiCad Library’ and install it.
KiCad uses library tables to keep track of installed libraries. As of 6.0.0-rc1 Content Manager does not automatically update these library tables.
To do it manually, go to ‘Manage Footprint Libraries’ in the preferences tab.
Press the folder icon and locate:
<KiCad 6 user directory>\3rdparty\footprints\com_github_dawidcislo_alternate-kicad-library
Multiple folders ending in .Pretty should be visible. Each of these is a separate footprint library. Select all the libraries that you want to install and press ‘Select Folder’
Next, go to ‘Manage Symbol Libraries’ in the preferences tab.
Press the folder icon and locate the folder:
<KiCad 6 user directory>\3rdparty\symbols\com_github_dawidcislo_alternate-kicad-library
Multiple files ending in .kicad_sym should be visible. Each of these is a separate symbol library. Select all the libraries that you want to install and press ‘Open’.
All the installed libraries should be now accessible.
- Manual installation:
Extract the AKL files into any folder you want. Repeat the steps outlined above, but locate the folder with the previously extracted libraries in the library manager instead.
Get it here:
License information, detailed installation instructions, known issues can be found in the User Manual posted above.