Comments about 6.0 RC1 Version

I got V6.00 with a daily build.

I noticed that settings didn’t get imported from 5.99 version, I now make tilted and ugly looking routes now, and not 0, 45 or 90 like before.
Editing old routes/tracks is as slow as before.

V does not always create a new via, but it is good for changing layers. Sometimes I had to press V for several times before I actually got a through via.
And again, if I click a route/track I want continue from that, and not create a stray track.

Is drawing a schematic fixed. Just before V6.00 I noticed that I had a break on one of my connections. The wires touched each other but they did not make a contact.

No autoroute. I spent some time routing, or doing agility training for mice, trivial routes, autoroute could have done those.

I noticed that settings didn’t get imported from 5.99 version.

interesting. I got an question-dialog “do you want to import your old settings from v5.99?” during install of v6.0rc1. And after clicking on that checkbox I got my old settings. Maybe try again an deinstall / new install cycle with an actual download?
exception: the user.hotkeys-file is not copied from the 5.99 version, this file has to be copied manually.

I now make tilted and ugly looking routes now, and not 0, 45 or 90 like before.

  • setting “free angle mode” enabled? (under interactive router settings)

And again, if I click a route/track I want continue from that, and not create a stray track.

Do you have the option “snap to tracks” set? (see picture)

Is drawing a schematic fixed. Just before V6.00 I noticed that I had a break on one of my connections. The wires touched each other but they did not make a contact.

Yeah, that bug was also reported on gitlab and seems fixed since some days.

No autoroute.

As far as I could read out from all discussions/threads/answers on gitlab it is not planned to introduce an autorouter in the near future. I believe permanent complaining will not change this.

If I download and install the latest Windows nightly, will it identify as 6.00?

It will (or at least should) identify as 6.0.0-rc1.

Yes you will get version 6.00. Today Build Info:
Date: Nov 18 2021 00:01:04
The download page does not tell much, but you’ll get ver 6.00
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kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-x86_64.exe version. See below:
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-x86_64-pdbs.zip today 95.7 MB
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-i686-pdbs.zip today 90.6 MB
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-x86_64.exe today 1.1 GB
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-x86_64-lite.exe today 170.6 MB
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-i686.exe today 1.1 GB
kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-i686-lite.exe
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Just to prevent confusion:

This is not the 6.0.0 release.

6.0.0-rc1-48-g8f87638de5 means a nightly build 48 commits after the 6.0.0-rc1 tag.

When 6.0.0 is released, the version will look like:

6.0.0

On some platforms, there may be some extra things after the 6.0.0, but there will not be a rc1 or a Git commit hash like g8f87638de5 in there.

What does it look like in the download page. kicad-msvc.r25233.8f87638de5-x86_64.exe is not very clear.

I downloaded todays version and installed it, no questions about " I got an question-dialog “do you want to import your old settings from v5.99?” during install of v6.0rc1. And after clicking on that checkbox I got my old settings. Maybe try again an deinstall / new install cycle with an actual download?"

setting “free angle mode” enabled? (under interactive router settings). I think so

Yes. Exactly as in your picture, but shouldn’t it be Snap to tracks “Always”

That download page where you see that name will always give you a nightly build. The stable release, when it is ready, will be located in a different place and will have a more clear filename.

And even when the stable 6.0 release is available, the page linked to above is going to give you the first nightly of 6.99…

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On Windows, if you look in Program Files - KiCad, you will see a 5.99 directory and now a 6.0 directory for this rc1++ series. You may also have “bin” from 5.1.x