Why is it so difficult to understand the library structure of KiCad??
Why is there a major lack of guidance in how to organize the component libraries and footprint libraries??
I have designed a couple of boards in KiCad but I can not for the life of me wrap my head around the file structure.
I just installed BZR5376 that I downloaded from here… http://kicad.nosoftware.cz
and when I go into Eschema I am able to browse and place schematic symbols, BUT when I go to Pcbnew and try and place a component footprint there are NONE to be found.
When I open the Footprint editor and go to “file” the “set active library” choice is grayed out. Why???
I submit that this is a MAJOR frustration with new users. And I further submit that many who are auditioning KiCad give up due to the lack of guidance and direction on how/where the component libraries are stored, on how to direct KiCad to the necessary path, on how to create a “user favorite” set of components and how to copy/paste already designed components into a “favorite” library.
Chris… Please consider doing a video tutorial on understanding how the library structure in KiCad is set up and how to direct KiCad to those libraries. How to import components and new libraries, how to set up a “favorite” folder, how to bundle any components used in a given design along with the design archive for future editing.
I would love to hear about others experience in this area of KiCad.
How do you set up your libraries?? How do you create a favorite of most used components??