I currently have a working kicad project called PCB. I use SVN for general back up and version control and this works fine. I want to experiment with this project to make some major changes, but at the same time i still want to be able to use the previous project, running 2 projects in parallel so to speak.
I have tried to archive the project, open it in a different location and then rename the pcbnew, project and schematic file to PCB_v2.
This works, i can edit the file and there is no problem.
The moment i import a new symbol, every single symbol is replaced by a question mark.
I just dont understand how this works at all. Can somebody point me in the right direction?
I will also quickly describe my procedures:
My kicad project folder contains:
- Imported footprints and files
- the kicad generated files(including the symbol library dcm file)
This last folder i use to store my footprints that i download from snapeda.com. After i download them i do the following. In the footprint editor i do:
- manage footprint libraries- global libraries - add exisiting library to table
Then in the footprint editor i go to the imported library, and copy that footprint into A_Footprint_Library.pretty. This places the right filetype in the folder.
The symbol i just import by right clicking the library in symbol editor and import symbol. It adds it to it and it straight away works.
This has for me been the only way to work with kicad. Perhaps there is a major flaw in my process? Would love to hear it. I love kicad but i do get frustrated sometimes with the amount of time i waste on getting things like libraries to work.