I’m trying to make a footprint or hundred and am having a difficult time. The footprints need to use a very fine grid. For example I have a RJ12 horizontal socket that I am trying to make a footprint for and the spacings are ridiculous and not conforming to reasonable fractions of standard pitch spacings. So I need to use a really small grid.
I have downloaded and installed from the suggested archive a 5.1.4 version of Kicad and I’m on Linux Mint 18.3 64_bit.
Version: 5.1.4-e60b266~84~ubuntu16.04.1, release build
libcurl/7.47.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8 libidn/1.32 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Linux 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
wxWidgets: 3.0.2 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 2.24
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.8.0
Compiler: GCC 5.4.0 with C++ ABI 1009
When I try to place a through-hole pad onto a previously drawn ‘construction line’ the black of the hole covers over the line so I don’t know where I am releasing the pad.
Furthermore, the magnetic snap either doesn’t work or is not possible.
I want to create a bunch of lines on a document and the place pads expecting to be offered a suggested snap at the end of line or in the centre of a line.
Also, is there a way to change the width of a line as you use it ? In other CAD packages I might select a line tool and then press ‘tab’ to have a popup appear in which I can change the colour and the width etc.
Also, how do I make a footprint ‘origin’ to be the centre of ‘pin 1’ or any other part within the footprint ?
Lastly, when perusing a library file, is there a way to see a thumbnail picture of each component ? I would identify and choose better with a picture rather than some technical title.
Thanks in advance,