Thanks to Jon, we can now hide ratsnest lines for a net. Select a board item belonging to a net (most often this would be GND or some other ubiquitous net which makes it difficult to discern other nets). Open the context menu and you’ll see Net Tools and can hide/show the selected net.
There’s also some backend support for coloring nets, but there’s no GUI yet.
I’m not sure I’m following. Net names are already applied by labels.
Net class assignments are what’s new. Net classes are normally applied to more than one net name.
We’ve talked about how to visually indicate net classes on the schematic.
The current way is to use the net class colors and line-styles. Negatives are that they might not work well for very large netclass sets; positives are that they appear in plots, print-outs, etc. and have historical precedent.
We could also support annotations (like the net names shown in PCBNew). Positives are that they’re easy to turn on/off en masse; negatives are that they won’t appear in plots, print-outs, etc.).
We could have a mechanism similar to labels. Positives are that their placement, orientation, etc. is under the control of the author; negatives are that they’re harder to edit en masse and they can be visually noisy.
I’d love it if we could get by with just (1), with a slight preference for (1) + (2) if we can’t. I think Jon has a preference for (1) + (3).
It’s now possible to create a new net in pcbnew with Inspect -> Net Inspector. It can then be assigned to a pad in the pad properties. The change can also be fed back to the schematic with Tools -> Update Schematic from PCB (with more or less success).
This is an answer to long standing need for easier PCB-only design (WireIt plugin has been used for it).
6.0 Feature Freeze is for new (major?) features. For each proposed feature it must be decided if it actually will be implemented for 6.0, and now it seems to be the time to make those decisions. If nobody hasn’t volunteered to implement a feature, it won’t be in a condition to be included when the feature freeze moment comes, and it can’t be set to that milestone.
The rc milestone is mainly for bugfixes and other smaller changes. They must of course be ready when 6.0 is finally released.
I see 7.0 as preliminary in nature; ATM it includes only old feature plans which were postponed because of lack of manpower. They can be postponed even further, or maybe there will be 6.1 where something can be implemented.
There’s a new UI for managing the appearance of layers and objects in PcbNew.
Layer view presets
Per-type opacity for tracks, vias, pads, zones
Net and netclass color and visibility controls
If you use a color scheme where you set your copper layers to have less than 100% opacity, I highly recommend you try setting copper back to 100% and use the opacity controls per object type. I personally think it’s a lot easier to see when tracks are fully opaque and other items are translucent.
Demo of per-type opacity:
Demo of net and netclass colors:
There’s a lot of new stuff here, so please report bugs!