Dear KiCAD developers!
I’ve installed KiCAD 4.06/64-bit on my Win7 machine just to see what it is capable of. In particular, I was interested in its auto-router performance. Installation went smoothly. It even asked me if I want to install foot print libraries (near ly a 1G of space). I said OK, go ahead. But then:
- Attempt to open any footprint in a footprint viewer without connection to internet lead to something like this:
“ ERROR: http GET command failed Cannot get/download Zip archive: ‘https://codeload.github.com/KiCad/Varistors.pretty/zip/master’ for library path: ‘https://github.com/KiCad/Varistors.pretty’. Reason: 'IO_ERROR: curl_easy_perform()=6: Couldn’t resolve host name from C:/Jenkins/workspace/windows-kicad-msys2-stable/ … blah-blah-blah”
The question is – why to ask about installation of any footprints if all of them are still have to be downloaded from somewhere?
Attempt to import a session file created by Allegro PCB Router v16-6-112 lead to following:
PARSE ERROR: ‘< month > < day > < hour > : < minute >: < second > < year > …”
From the line’s offset in the error message, seems like it didn’t’ like the hour in line
(created_time Jul 17 01:20:03 2017 ), - probably leading zero?
Attempt to import another session file created by FreeRouting lead to following:
“PARSE ERROR: Expecting “(“ in input source…” for line like this:
(component ‘MOLEX 505110-1692_J135’
right at the start of 505110, and after MOLEX.
Attempt to import DXF created by Cadence “Layout-To-DXF” lead to appearance in the screen something remotely resembling the original board, yet shown with tiny scale and very fat lines, so totally useless.
And, finally, attempt to uninstall this software went very well. So installation and uninstallation are the only 100% working features I managed to discover so far.
Even though I appreciate all the effort that has been done by undoubtedly talented and dedicated community of programmers, it’s just another example of that commercial software is usually worth its money.
kind regards and best of luck