OK, let me start out by saying I am COMPLETELY new to KiCad. Am trying to convert over from Eagle 7.7.0. I have had success in converting my PCB’s to KiCad and even my libraries, but I am just setting things up and have not had a chance to dig into the ‘proper’ way to design or modify my boards. I have been designing PCB’s for long enough that I started doing them manually with the old black tape. When I finally switched to PC based programs, even Eagle, I figured out how to to the PCB layout without going through the schematic step because I was used to that and needed to design things quickly without figuring out the schematic portion of the software. I regret that decision now, but that is where I am. I am going to try and go the correct route from now on, but in the transition and for modifying existing old EAGLE PCB’s without schematics in the system, I have a question…
I am used to simply laying out the PCB and manually placing parts, then connecting each net that should be connected using Eagle’s ‘signal’ selection which lets you simply click on a pin and to all other pins of devices that should be connected together and it strings those little electrical connection wires all over the place. If I make ground planes or some shape and name it the same as I name one of the nets, it will automatically add a wire to that net. That way it will let me manually route each net.
Is there a way to do that in KiCad? I don’t always want to do that, but I don’t want to have to enter all my old schematics just to modify something simple (at least not at first).