The “Getting started with KiCad” manual is seriously out of date.
I have fond memories of it, because it helped me a lot with getting my first (dummy / example) project finished in KiCad in a single afternoon.
I’ve been quite serious about taking this document under my umbrella and give it a thorough update for quite some time.
I’ve gotten as far as installing git, installing all the dependencies for compiling the source into .pdf, html, etc, and I even got that working twice. (My computer died in the meantime and I switched hardware).
I’m getting stuck on several aspects. First, it’s so obsolete whole chapters should be removed, and maybe others added. Secondly, because of the size of the job I get totally lost. Even keeping an overview of a single chapter is a bit daunting for me. Third there is a lot of overlap with the tutorials Rene Poschl has written as FAQ articles on this forum. For example:
If you go to the documentation on the KiCad site itself:
Then you can choose between different versions, and they do have some small differences and updates, but in general the document is in serious need of more care (although I saw it got some updates not too long ago).
Currently the articles and tutorials in the FAQ part of this forum is the most up to date. It has quite a lot of articles from beginner tutorials to in-depth articles about tasks in KiCad such as library management, and the articles are searchable.
This FAQ is a lot more extensive then the “average” faq with simple questions and standard answers.
I have never figured out GIT and I have seen other opinions agreeing that GIT is more difficult than KiCad itself. I have given up on using GIT but enjoy using KiCad. I save a complete folder including pcb and schematic files; the same filename in all of these including date and/or revision.
I think that the GUI menus are simple enough that they can be explored with use.
I think that even the hotkeys will come with use of the GUI and its associated hotkey recommendations. I use KiCad enough that I am in the habit of using F1 for zooming in, and frequently make the mistake of using F1 to zoom in with other software. You can imagine what happens then.
I have never used F1 for zooming in KiCad. I use mouse wheel for zooming in/out and mouse position when starting to use wheel decides what screen point is centered so any positioning/zooming is very fast and simple in KiCad.
Seriously F1 would not have been my choice as a keyboard shortcut. I would have chosen the + key but those were both already standard assignments within KiCad. I did not want to start a big shortcut swapping exercise so I learned to use F1.