Autorouter icon disappeared in KiCad 5 rc3


#1

I had to reinstall my notebook. And in the process I switched from KiCad 5 rc2 to rc3 (on Ubuntu 18.04).

Now I have noticed that the yellow Autorouter icon (for export and start of freeroute.jar) has disappeared.

Is this wanted, or an error in this version?

And above all, there is a way to get the symbol or function back.


#2

Main menu bar (top) “File”
“Export”
“SpecctraDSN…”

If the Push/Shove router gets any better, I can’t imagine that FreeRouting will get it’s menu icon back.


#3

Push and shove will never be an autorouter. Both have their uses. Experienced designer don’t like autorouters.
What is really needed is for a competent programmer to port freerouting to another language. Java is getting some problems thanks to Oracle. This programmer had better live somewhere away from the Zuken lawyers.


#4

I was not ready tonight to write a wall of text or start the first paragraph of a book; so pardon my earlier “sum up”.
1Ocx
It appears if KiCad developers are looking to include “pin-swap” from PcbNew as well as maybe doing a “drag” of existing board traces in future versions. I speculate that KiCad will still call it the “Push/Shove Router” even with these extra features in the future versions.

When I first downloaded a V3 of KiCad I used the FreeRouter at the time for several attempts to route traces on a simple board. Even then it was obvious that, me (as a human), could do a better at the trace layout. Maybe because I’ve always like mazes and puzzles as a kid?