Is that an undocumented feature? I don’t recall ever hearing that advice before this. Once it’s in the footprint editor, I assume you can save it as a new footprint(s) and it will be automagically saved in the current format (compatible with the “.pretty” footprint libraries).
open the footprint editor.
open the library manager (found in the preferences menu)
press the browse button on the bottom
browse to the location of this file and select it.
(If you can not see the file then switch kicad to english as a workaround for the language bug)
Now you have the footprint library active in kicad.
You can then open it like any normal footprint and copy it to whatever lib you fancy.
After that you can delete the lib again.
I have a video showing you what to do. I created that one for the discussion where we discovered a bug with the language settings. So the filename is of course a bit different.
No. Just that the import dialog was missing the *.* option. So .mod extensions won’t show up in the file browser. You could as well change the extension to .kicad_mod as the format is detected by content not extension.
I don’t see an error message, but when I change the footprint file name from .mod to .emp and then go to add the footprint to a library I cannot select it in KiCAD. Basically no matter what I do, whether the file ends with .kicad_mod or .mod or .emp, it is always grayed out and will not let me select it when I go to select it to add in my footprint library editor.
Rene_Poschi, thank you for the video!
Still working through some missing component errors on my PCB but it seems most things are working as they should
It would probably take a comparable expenditure of your time and effort to modify the symbol and footprint you already have, so that they are compatible with each other and fit your requirements. You will almost certainly need to do this eventually, and you should know how to do this if you expect to do more than one or two boards a year. From a philosophical perspective, knowing how to make your own symbols and footprints (or at least edit and modify other people’s symbols and footprints) is comparable to a fisherman knowing how to bait his own hook.
Yes I still got missing footprint messages until I also added a new path to each of my libraries. I would just make these footprints again but the footprint wizard isn’t working for my in V5:
I found a design online because adding and creating the location for each pad took forever to make a footprint. Then I found the footprint wizard and making footprints got so much easier! THen I upgraded to V5 and my foorprint wizard doesn’t work so back to the start lol.
When I upgraded to KiCAD V5 I deleted the libraries because I think I misunderstood the directions (my libs were stored locally not using Git), so then added back my custom libraries back in. I think the local KiCAD libraries are stored in a different location locally so I’ll have to try to find them and add them back in.
@remote1, do you have “Show all filename extensions” checked in your Finder Preferences (in the Advanced tab)?
Most browsers will append .txt to text downloads. If you don’t have show all extensions on it might be truncating “0436500200.mod.txt” to “0436500200.mod” (and similarly “0436500200.emp.txt” to “0436500200.emp”.
An easy test for this is to double-click the file in Finder. Does it launch TextEdit, or does it say something like “Application to open this file not found?”
Thanks Jeff for the suggestions. I did not have the “Show all filename extensions” checked, but I do now. When I try to open a .mod file or a .emp file it tries to open with VLC. I set video files to open by default with VLC but not sure why it wants use VLC for this.
Still no luck importing. Since changing the filename extensions it now sees the .emp file as emp.mod and .mod files as .mod (see pic)