He starts off “As a first step create a new project just for following this tutorial”.
That is a part of the narrow track"!
I don’t want to do that. I already have a project.
I start with File - New Footprint, that’s what I want do. The dialog just asks for Footprint name.
Just now, I can’t get further because I have my unsaved footprint blocking make a new one. The dialog points to kicad root,so I save and get Footprint exported to file “C:\Users\Robin Hayman\Robins documents\IoTkit\Kicad\Resistor_0.25W.kicad_mod.”
So it should be safe to close the new foot print. Exit with warning ‘Not saved’. But it is exported to ok.
So now I am free to restart. Kicad already has project “Project name:
C:\Users\Robin Hayman\Robins documents\IoTkit\Modules\Term 4.4\Term 4.4.pro” That has .sch and some custom symbols. Continue with it.
Now select Kicad Footprint icon.
A dialog pops up
“Loading footprint libraries”. I does not say whic ones. It should say
"Loading library collection from c:…
so I know what I am loading. Instead it loads a collectionfrom an unknown place. I can deuce by content that is a Digikey library read only collection…
I had no say in this.
This a dead end.
Instead I can got to Preferences - Manage Footprints ad choose Project specific libraries
It lists two nicknames, digikey-footprints with path
and Term 4 with path.
Are these nicknames for Library Collections sometimes called tables?
Both are marked Active.
I choose Term4 and OK.
Now Footprint dialog disappeared. Just Kicad now.
Dead end? I was managing Footprint library.
Stop here. What next?