Rotate pin number and pin description


#1

Hi,
when I worked on my second test board, I could’t find how to rotate only the pin numbers and pin descriptions without the pin traces. I would like to turn the symbols 2 and GND for the L7805 and 16 and VCC for the MAX232.2019-07-10_180447
Best regards from France


#2

You can edit the part in the symbol editor and save it in a personal library in your own user space.


#3

I tried that but I didn’t find the possibility to rotate only a pin number or/and a pin descriptor without turning also the pin wire

Move, Edit, Rotate are manipulating the three qualities as a whole :frowning:

I am using

Application: kicad
Version: (5.1.2)-2, release build
Libraries:
wxWidgets 3.0.4
libcurl/7.61.1 OpenSSL/1.1.1 (WinSSL) zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.6 libidn2/2.0.5 libpsl/0.20.2 (+libidn2/2.0.5) nghttp2/1.34.0
Platform: Windows 8 (build 9200), 32 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Boost: 1.68.0
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Curl: 7.61.1
Compiler: GCC 7.3.0 with C++ ABI 1011

Build settings:
USE_WX_GRAPHICS_CONTEXT=OFF
USE_WX_OVERLAY=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_MODULES=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_PYTHON3=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON_PHOENIX=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING_ACTION_MENU=ON
BUILD_GITHUB_PLUGIN=ON
KICAD_USE_OCE=ON
KICAD_USE_OCC=OFF
KICAD_SPICE=ON

What can I do else ?

Best regards


#4

OK. I was wondering if I misunderstood what you wanted. The numbers and descriptions don’t seem to be separately editable as far as I can tell.


#5

As of 5.1.2 the number does not appear turnable, however! you can set ~ for the name (GND) and put a text to your liking inside the symbol.

As a crutch you could set the pin length to zero, turn it accordingly and draw lines to reflect the actual connection. Not pretty though.

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#6

What happens if one then uses the X and Y Hotkey commands on that symbol?


#7

They still work as intended.


#8

Care to share a screen grab?

And maybe a screen grab from PcbNew as well?


#9

That should do.


#10

The edit form.

The rest is over to you. The most effective way to find Kicad’s abilities is to keep playing with it.

Cheers


#11

So I reduced the pin length to zero and I added the two wires and a new text GND but I find the result not very pleasant :wink:

A good surprise was the fact that dragging the symbol with the hotkey G moves also the little pin wires on pin 2 :slight_smile:

Is the ability to move around the pin descriptor or the pin number independently from the pin on the “to do” wish list ?

Kind regards


#12

Don’t know exactly what’s on the feature list right now.
The master tag via git exhibits the same behaviour as far as I can tell.
If I have some time I’ll have a look at the code and see how hard it is to add that behaviour.


#13

As far as I can see it would require file format changes and that won’t happen for the current schematic/symbol file format. The new one will come for 6.0. It’s better to file a bug report so that it can be considered for inclusion.