There is quite a scatter of requests so hopefully I am not being redundant here.
I am trying to decide on keeping KiCAD and hoping the next release will provide what I need.
Basically I have other CAD tools with the philosophy of preventing redundant work—pieces can be easily copied from other designs, and, VERY important, pieces of designs can be SAVED AND MOVED AS A GROUP of items.
This applies to both escema and PCB.
Presently KiCAD does not do this unless I missed it. If I have a common power/switcher section of 20 components for example, I have to carefully cut the required parts and traces from another design and paste them into the present drawing. All the part numbers are lost and have to be re-coordinated between the PCB and schematic by hand.
To begin with, unless I missed something, cut-paste does not work very well between drawings for both eschema and PCB. Once I copy what I need, hoping I got all the parts, and place it in the new drawing, I cannot spin it around, cut it, move it etc (except in the unusual circumstance that it is isolated and doesn’t become interlaced with other parts.) Also, within the drawing, I cannot duplicate parts as a group. I have to carefully select out what I need and copy it. If my PCB design is efficient, parts become “interlaced” and copying them again later is very slow, part by part and trace by trace.
With other products,
- Common part assemblies can be saved in a library as a group.
- copied to a new drawing
- moved about withing that drawing AS A GROUP
- the parts numbering can be preserved on BOTH the escehma and PCB so this doesn’t have to be done by hand over and over again.
Does anybody know if this improvement being considered?