Post-v5 new features and development news

Ever wonder where that clearance came from?


There is now a Leader object you can draw (via the Place menu only for now; toolbutton coming later). It works like a dimension, and you can set an optional frame to be drawn around the text.


3 posts were merged into an existing topic: Dimension tool discussion (new features in 5.99)

Wayne just commited user defined layers (“Nine new user definable non-copper layers”) and custom layer names.


Just out of curiosity, can any of these layers be attached to front or back, or even attached as a front/back pair that the flip object function will work on like (like silkscreen, fab, etc)?

@imcinerney just added expandable tool buttons: now you can get to all the new dimensions from the toolbar!


(Hold down the mouse on the button to get the popup with the other options)


Addendum to this: I just pushed an update so you can now hold the left mouse button and move the mouse to open the popup immediately (click + drag).


2 posts were split to a new topic: KiCad nightly dimension interface discussion

CADSTAR to KiCad Design migration now completed

For discussion on the CADSTAR importer feature and any usage issues, please go to this topic: Work In Progress: Native CADSTAR Importer


Some snapping improvements


Version 6 feature freeze announcement:✓&state=opened&label_name[]=ff-exception


More details about what this means and the roadmap from today to V6 will come at the Q&A tomorrow (and be posted after that session)


Just a reminder and a link to the KiCon thread… It’s going to begin soon.

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Jon said in another thread that the file format freeze is not separated from the feature freeze.

Wayne explained the file format freeze in the mailing list:

The file format will not be officially frozen until V6 is released.
There is always the possibility there is a bug we haven’t found yet that
could change the file format. There is also one feature on the
exception list (sheet page numbering) that will change the schematic
file format. Unless there are any bugs, the symbol library file format
should not change.

In effect this says the same thing: file format is tied to features, and ATM there’s one feature/file format change upcoming which has been granted an exception after the freeze, and I think that list won’t get longer. Possible bugs are always fixed, but I don’t think there can be many bugs in the file format itself, if at all.

I would still wait for that last change before starting to use 5.99 for real projects (and it will be pretty unstable anyway for some time).

By now everyone knows that no big features except those in the exception list (see couple of posts up) will be integrated. This means that this thread will wither. That’s of course good news: it means that the release is closer. But meanwhile I found one feature worth mentioning. (I have seen a mention of it somewhere else, too.)

Jean-Pierre Charras, the founding father of KiCad, has some connections to Ucamco, the company which governs the Gerber format standard. Ucamco has announced a proposal for X3 for including assembly data in Gerber data and it has been included in the standard. You can see JP’s name in the documents.

You can also find files created with KiCad as an example. How was that done?

KiCad is ahead of time, possibly the first or at least among the first codebases implementing X3.


The new color scheme. It’s “KiCad Default (read-only)” in Preferences -> Pcbnew -> Colors. The old one is Classic. Here they are for comparison (some objects are semi-transparent in my Appearance panel).

The new one is lighter throughout. Bottom copper is blue which may be more familiar than green to new KiCad users who come from some other EDA.


I prefer blue for B.Cu as green is already the most popular solder mask colour, unless you make purple boards. Also reminds me of lovely copper sulphate.

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There have been some confusion about the python APIs in v6. See Yet another Python teardrop script. Adds and deletes teardrops to a PCB. V0.3.3.

User defined schematic sheet page numbers in Eeschema (accessible via Edit > Edit Page Number…):

Thanks Wayne!


I think that was the last file format change, so that now the file formats are frozen except for possible bug fixes.