Thanks for a great job improving the documentation, it looks great! It seems like there are a number of features I was not aware of, for instance the possibility to install as a workbench. However when I followed instructions to copy the kicadStepUpMod folder to FreeCaD’s Mod folder I could not make it show up in the list of workbenches after restarting FreeCad, nor does it show up under Cutomize of the add on manager. Is something missing in the documentation on the FreeCad pages on installing workbenches, or is there an incompatibility with v. 0.17 (details below) or this feature not fully developed yet? I suspect something is missing as a number of folders under the Mod folder do not show up anywhere as installed or installable workbenches. I do see KiCad file types listed under the file menu, so maybe I am expecting too much and it is not supposed to show up in the workbench list? (If so, perhaps this can be clarified under the install section.)
OS: Windows 7
Word size of OS: 64-bit
Word size of FreeCAD: 64-bit
Version: 0.17.11939 (Git)
Build type: Release
Python version: 2.7.8
Qt version: 4.8.7
Coin version: 4.0.0a
OCC version: 7.1.0
Locale: English/UnitedStates (en_US)
Hi @otoien ,
in fact ATM the StepUp WB is aimed only to add the ability to Open directly a ‘kicad_mod’ or a ‘kicad_pcb’ file with the File Menu of FreeCAD.
But I’m working to improve it…
Next release of ksu will have a FC WB with a Command button that would be possible to be added to the FC Toolbar…
It will also have a Menu with the ability to open the demo board and the demo footprint to show the main features.
It will also have the kicad StepUp Cheat-sheet inside
Thanks for the clarification maui. I must admit I have not even opened/run the demo yet, I just copied the macro, icon into the macro folder and the, and the workbench into the Mod folder. If launching the demo files are incorporated in the menu, one would need some clear instructions as to where to copy those files in the install section.
An added note: On page 6 about the Sketcher, there is a figure with overlapping screenshots where part of the explaining text at the bottom of each screenshot is partly covered up. As I see the whole panel is a single graphic, may be this is intentional. The meaning of the text strips is mostly legible. It is not quite clear to me which command is used to “push” the Sketch containing the board outline to KiCad. May be this is a coming feature; the rectangle icon in the graphic may refer to a StepUp command not yet present. This feature looks very interesting to me.
they will be already at the right place inside the Mod
the screenshots are from a youtube video linked in the cheat sheet
If you cllick on the link then you will see the new sketcher feature … this is a preview of a new function available on the next release of StepUp, as well as the new WB