Kicad Import formats, esp. Eagle


#1

Anyone know the current situation with respect to import function in current versions of Kicad ? In earlier versions, it was available for board layout files, but that seems to have disappeared now. Any Eagle to Kicad converters available ?


#2

To get access to the Eagle importer [open file], you must start pcbnew seperately, not via the launcher application.


#3

ah, that did the trick, Thanks.
I’d used it in the past, and was sure the feature was lurking in there somewhere.

For the record, I got following error:
“libGLEW.so.1.8: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”
(Running on 32-bit AMD, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic, and Kicad BZR5290)

Corrected it by making a sym link to libGLEW.so.1.10 like thus:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGLEW.so.1.10 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGLEW.so.1.8


#4

Hello everybody, I have a similar problem. I have a .brd file created by Cadence allegro and I’d like to know if is possible open this file using Kicad, if the answer is yes, how I can open it?
thanks in advance for the help


#5

Conversions from Allegro are not supported at all at the moment; there just aren’t many (any?) devs with access to Allegro.


#6

I don’t know if this is the correct place to post this but my problem is with opening a kicad project which I had done about a year ago. Many updates later I get an error message when I try to open the pcb. Error as follows:

IO_ERROR: Fatal installation Bug
missing file:
'/usr/local/bin/_cvpcb.kiface

I have registered an entry on Launchpad - under Bug #1443695. No solution as yet. Has anyone had this error before?


#7

Probably incomplete installation!

If you built from source, running this insisde the “build” folder should fix it:

make clean

cmake ../ -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local -DKICAD_SCRIPTING=ON -DKICAD_SCRIPTING_MODULES=ON -DBUILD_GITHUB_PLUGIN=ON -DKICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON=ON
    
ionice -c 3 nice -n 19 make && sudo make install

#8

What about importing files from Multisim / Ultiboard?


#9

If you want to import Eagle projects into Kicad then this Eagle Script will help you do just that :smiley:


#10

This converter works pretty well. Schematic and Board both need some work - you need to clear out DRC/ERC errors etc, but it doesn’t take too much time. Great job.


#11

Yeah, I’ve recently used it to merge an eagle pcb with my kicad design for manufacturing. It worked great. Just pay attention to steps. Although there are different script files, I couldn’t make it work until I followed the execution order from the start.


#12

Hi All,

Is it possible to open Pulsonix PCB files (.pcb) in KiCad? Or can we merge Pulsonix files with KiCad files?

Any suggestion is much appreciated.

Regards,
Sarath


#13

No
It is a secret format. As Pulsonix is designed by ex Racal Redac people, you can guess what it may be like


#14

Thought the same.Thanks David.