Been away from Kicad for a few years. I not only want to get a couple of pcbs done, but I also want to get skilled again in using Kicad.
So, a couple of questions that might seem trivial and with alternative ways to do them. That’s fine–I just want to make sure I’m doing it the easiest/best way rather than just getting it done and not better at Kicad.
- Drawing rectangles
I want to draw rectangles in footprint editor. There’s an icon whose hover help says “Draw a Rectangle”. But it seems to only allow me to draw a square.
Sure, I can draw using lines or polygon, put I’m thinking I’m missing something easy that allows me to define a rectangle?
- Constrain new corner of polygon to 0,45, 90 from previous corner
I need to draw “many cornered” polygons. Can I constrain the placement of the next corner to be 0, 90, or 45?
- Exact placement of polygon corners.
Polygon properties doesn’t seem to include definition of corner x,y locations. To get the corners placed exactly, I have to zoom way in and watch x,y or dx dy at the bottom of the screen. It gets pretty tedious when you are drawing antenna polygons that have 20 to 30 corners. Is there a way to provide x,y coordinates for corners of a polygon?
Is there a way to step and repeat? I know about a replicate plugin, but I thought I’d ask if there was a way to create multiple copies using the duplicate function. I figure I must be missing it, else why have duplicate versus just copy/paste?