I am quite an advanced ORCAD user but in attempt to save money on Autorouting I decided to try KiCAD and design a small PCB for test purpose. The schematic editor is almost as good as Orcad, even sometimes better, but I got completely stuck trying to export netlists to the layout editor. While editing schematic I imported several models from SNAPEDA and expected to assign 0603 to R and C. However the footprint library is a total fiasco. First, if I press “Assign PCB Footprints…” it shows a dialog that “Some footprints are legacy…”, then I see this message: "The following errors occurred attempting to convert the footprint assignments:
Component “IC1” footprint “TSR-0.5-2433” was not found in any library.
Component “J1” footprint “TBL008100002BE” was not found in any library.
Component “J3” footprint “TBL008100002BE” was not found in any library.
You will need to reassign them manually if you want them to be updated correctly the next time you import the netlist in Pcbnew."
If I open the dialog “Footprint Libraries” both “Global…” and “Project…” folders are empty. The file search for “*.pretty” returns no files. My OS is Windows 10, Kicad 5.1.9. I never installed any other versions of Kicad before.
I’ve seen that many people asked similar questions and all of them are sent to Library management in KiCad version 5 . I opened this page and did not find anything useful. The most important questions are:
- Are the footprint libraries installed on Windows by default?
- If the libraries disappeared/not installed how to restore them?
-Where the discrete components footprints are supposed to be located?
- Could be great to find a decent tutorial with these things described.
So far I followed a popular video on Youtube from 2015, but at this point my progress has stopped.