I made one or two custom fields in about a hundred components hoping if I forward annotate them they’ll end up on the PCB (even if in the wrong layer; I can search/replace that in the raw file).
They didn’t appear in the PCB.
How can I fix this without laboriously retyping all the data? (and in a way that it won’t get lost with the next forward annotation)
Good thing I found this out now. These ~hundred components are just the beginning. The final design will have another few hundred components with one or two extra fields.
I used the spreadsheet in eeschema to easily enter the data in the first place. I can’t imagine how long it would’ve taken if I had to edit every single component. It’s a shame pcbnew doesn’t have a spreadsheet.