Dear Kicad developer dear all,
I have noticed from several comments and treads that the time change in component library management is arrived. In the daily build I have already noticed changing in the “Choose Component” window.
I would like to give you my point about features that can bring Kicad a small step ahead professional ECAD .
Kicad is build around the idea that first you draw the schematic, after assign footprint and than you move into the PCBnew. Personally I really like this idea because it gives such as focus in what you need to take care step by step.
What is missing in my opinion in this path is the assignment of component parts ( I am referring on component Part Number and Manufacturer Name).
I think there would be very helpful a tool such ad “CvPCB” that allow the association between components and real Manufacturer Number and Part Number.
This is not the problem faced by hobbyist but when you are developing a PCB board with hundreds of component usually a small percentage are unique components but a huge percentage is made by components that needs to be equal to reduce manufacturing costs (I.E. resistors, capacitors …).
Somebody can say that you can associate those information (MFN and MPN) component by component once you add it or making a custom project library component.
Despite the fact that this would be very tedious task the huge problem will be when, for some reasons, you need to change from a specific manufacturer to another. In a board with hundreds of component this is impossible. You could use an external spreadsheet with a BOM to keep track on MFN and MPN but doing that you are disconnecting the schematic from the component part list and this can introduce problems once you need to update your pcb with for example a new component or layout.
I hope I gave you an idea of this feature lack in kicad and I hope this my topic will be at least discussed between Developers.