Post-v6 new features and development news

A perhaps more compelling example:

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Thanks to @dsa-t it’s now possible to cross-probe select multiple items from the schematic to the PCB (i.e. you can drag-select a block of components in your schematic, and now they will be selected on the PCB for easier placement.

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Thanks to Mike Williams, GerbView layer management got a mini-makeover, and can now do a better job of detecting Gerber and drill file formats if they don’t have file extensions. More details in the merge request.

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Text boxes for Eeschema.

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Text boxes for PCBNew.

No picture because, well, it’s pretty much just what it says on the tin…

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Orthogonal wire dragging has been implemented by @mikebwilliams

Peek 2022-02-10 10-59

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Off-grid wire-end and pin ERC warnings.

Overlapping pads Footprint Checker warnings.

PTH/NPTH-pad-with-no-hole Footprint Checker warnings.

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As of commit 0015574a The text variable ${SHEETNAME} now always represents just the name of the sheet (e.g. “Sheet 2”), whereas before if the variable was used in the drawing sheet (i.e. the title block), it would display the path of the current sheet (e.g. “/Sheet 1/Sheet 2/”).

A new text variable ${SHEETPATH} has been introduced which will be replaced by the path of the current sheet (e.g. “/Sheet 1/Sheet 2/”).

A note: users with custom drawing sheets will have to manually edit the drawing sheet definition if they want to continue using the sheet path.

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“Select Connection” in EEschema now works like U in PCBNew: hitting it again expands the selection.

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File > Revert for Schematic Editor and PCB Editor.

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Layer selection commands in Print dialog:

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DRC can now check for minimum copper connection widths

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Group editing of pins (and length now offsets the pin end in the expected direction):

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Bitmaps in the board editor and footprint editor. Assignable to a board layer such that working with multi-layer image sets is seamless:

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When assigning footprints to symbols, we now show the symbol pin names (if any) on the footprint pads.

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Graphical, canvas-based netclass assignments:

Project-wide netclass assignments have also been upgraded to pattern-based:

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Specification of shorting pad groups for net-ties:

Includes better support for Router and DRC for tracks entering and leaving net-tie pads, and for copper graphic items shorting pads not listed in a group.

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Hyperlinks in text elements, both to pages in the document and external http(s):// and file:// protocols

Example usage:

Thanks to @JeffYoung for finalising this in time for v7!

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Interactive pdf outputs from the Schematic Editor, covering:

  • Hyperlinks (both external and “to page” links)
  • Sheet symbols become hyperlinks to the page in the pdf that they represent
  • Intersheet refs have a pop-up that allows to go to the pages where the global label is present (this likely will only work in full featured pdf readers, like Acrobat)

Example below navigating a pdf generated with the Schematic Editor, opened in Acrobat DC:

Again thanks to @JeffYoung for getting the intersheet refs popup working (as well as other fixes).

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