Would it not be easier and nicer user experience just to allow us to import onto a copper layer anyway if we wanted to, whats the problem? The fact that someone has sat down and written code (svg2shenzen) proves the fact. Are KiCad developers worried that we, the users, might create a penis or a pair of big boobs permanently etched in copper with miniature flashing LEDs outlined with a white silkscreen on the next iteration of a knock off copy of an Arduino nano? I don’t think so!!!
Look, all I’m saying is, I have been messing around with Inkscape and svg2shenzen for over two days now. I created my desired graphic in under 15minutes but I just cant get it into Kicad! aaarrgghhh!
svg2shenzen and by association Inkscape is an overkill and a pain to learn. I know illustrator, Photoshop, Acad, Fusion, Corel. You now expect me now to learn another package just to import a graphic into a copper layer. All the packages I’ve just mentioned have the capability to create my required CapSense design MUCH more simply than KiCad - (5x20mm pads on 2.54mm centres with hatching covering 100x50mm). Remember Capacitive Touch sensors come in a variety of shapes styles - wheels, sliders, chevrons etc, How is future KiCad going to deal with these? None of the existing polygon tools will allow us to ‘draw’ onto copper layers. So you are implying that KiCad is and will be incompatible with modern touch interfaces?
So, if I want anything other than a pad in copper, KiCads ‘people’ expects me to learn another piece of software and workflow. Kicad already has mechanisms, core functionality, in-place to draw shapes, fill shapes, import graphics and have them implemented correctly on an appropriately layer but just not on copper - like I said it is a ridiculous.
Automated hatched copper pours is a massive coding change and probably a lot of work, making a check box visible isn’t which is the point I’m making.