I feel this should be covered in an FAQ, but despite looking i’m still as confused as when i started.
I have almost 0 EDA experience, am certainly quite new.
I suspect most of my issue might be not understanding how KiCad assumes i will operate.
My goal in a few words…
To design ready for manufacture a PCB with 3x 74HC165’s (SMD), 3x 10pin/8way resnets (SMD) & 8 connectors.
Theoretically straight forward.
I’ve had issues finding a resnet symbol that can be matched to a SMD footprint, and here is where the rabbit hole starts.
First i tried to mod a 9 pin resnet to add an extra pin, wasn’t able to save it, was a permissions issue or something.
Next i tried installing the libraries from here…
I wasn’t able to figure out where to put the files.
Where do i save libraries?
Are the libs @ http://kicad-pcb.org/libraries/download/ just a copy of the pre-installed libs?
Finally, i think i need to get a feel for what KiCad might be expecting from ME.
- Should i be creating my own footprints, and if so are these saved in a specific location, for example in KiCad’s install dir, or in my user files, or with the project files?
If the above is so, do people have a ‘common’ are where they store libraries?
I move between 2 machines so GDrive / Dropbox is could be the go for me.
- Is there a way to get KiCad to automatically make my footprints available at all times without having to import them?
I think that’s all my questions, assistance and suggestions appreciated.