I want to know if it is possible to reload the PCB layout file without closing it and reopen. I am asking because when I do some changes on the file with a texteditor I would like to see the results. But when I press F5 it doesn’t reload the file. So I always have to close the PCB file and reopen it. is there a better way?
It’s possible to reload the PCB layout (or schematic) in standalone Pcbnew (or Eeschema) without closing the program by just reopening it via “File > Open…” or “File > Open Recent”.
But we’re unlikely to make a separate option for it like in GIMP. One explanation is because the GIMP equivalent of manually editing PCB layout files would be manually editing its native XCF files, not the graphics files (PNG, JPEG, etc.) it imports and exports, and supporting that would be more involved.
I also have a (mild) interest into a “revert to last version” or “Reload” button.
For me the reason is that I sometimes want to save a relatievely good layout, then save it, continue working with some wild idea, and if that does not work out as expected, using a “reload” menu button has some convenience.
For this reason such a button is also common in other programs such as text editors.
At the moment pressing F5 should redraw the screen. I don’t have an opinion whether it should include a reload or not, so unfortunately I can’t answer your question. You may try asking about it in the linked issue. There may have been a small misunderstanding of what you meant in your original question.