Firstly, Kicad seems more uniform in the later versions. Thank you for all of your hard work.
I have a problem with GUI involving editing footprints. There’s a lot of drill-down, with little to show the relationships of the process. In places, I’ve mislayed UI forms, trying to find my way back, a problems I don’t have with many programs.
For instance, I want to edit a T0-220 MOSFET to change the pin order, because the selection of a single T0-220 MOSFET package does not fit my needs. The part I am using has the gate at the first pin.
From the get-go, there is no button to edit a copy of a part. Am I wrecking my library?
[Edit Copy of This Part] would be a useful UI element.
At one point, we do see a help balloon at the top, stating that it’s for this board only; does that mean that it can’t be exported?
I also see a UI for alternate pinouts, but it’s not editable?
Eventually, I shamble through the UI to get to where I could edit a part. Perhaps I could swap my pins here. In the case of just swapping the pins, if I move them, I might not put them on the right spacing, scraping out the board(s). I hearken back about the alternate pinouts, wishing that that worked.
It would be beneficial to see them all on the same UI form. We need at least a 2D symbol, a footprint, and hopefully a 3D model for a part. It would be great to see them on the same page.
It would be even better I could see their pin relationship.
Assigning footprints takes a fair amount of research for a new user to choose the right footprint.
While Kicad thankfully keeps track of your last used footprints, it would be helpful if there was a ranking system, whereas if you were using through-hole components, and choosing, say a linear regulator or 1/4 watt resistor, that it might mark quite popular footprints in some way.
Obviously, if you were using surface-mount or through-hole, there would be separate rankings for each system.
It also might be good for the ecosystem, to have the ability to share the part. A CDDB-style ranking system would be good. In this way KiCad files and formats could become a standard, faster.
Thank you for reading this far.