I just upgraded to v.5.1.0 (coming, I believe, from 5.0.1) and noticed, with utter disappointment, that the “Show module ratsnest” function is no longer available!!!
This apparently leaves no way to show the ratnest for the module currently being moved.
That is only shown if the legacy toolset is used (which frankly appears very limiting, besides being deprecated for the near future)… why would anyone remove such a basic function??? Are there technical reasons for that? Should I file a bug for that or is it an (inconsiderate) design choice?
Version: (6.0.0-rc1-dev-1681-g5edf3503c), release build
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), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Compiler: GCC 8.2.0 with C++ ABI 1013
Sorry for the mismatch, my bad. The version number looked odd to me too so I checked - I had a wrong path in my registry, so that’s definitely a nightly that I had installed for testing (not a pre-5.1, since I just downloaded it and it appears to be a 6.0.0-rc1).
However, I re-tested it with the correct versions and my claim still stands as follows:
The version I was previously using was (5.0.2)-1; the function I mentioned (as far as buttons are concerned) was already gone in that version, but at least - and that why I hadn’t noticed at first - selecting and moving a component was still showing the ratsnest, as I was used to. Wouldn’t know how it can be disabled though.
When I updated to Version: (5.1.0)-1, this behaviour changed and ratnest when moving was no longer there (nor I have a clue on how to activate it). It does not look like removal was due to a technical reason, because it worked in the previous release.
The command you mentioned, “Display local ratsnest”, AFAIK is not the same as “Show module ratsnest”, which was originally on the left toolbar right below “Show board ratsnest”.
The “local” version is static (disappears as soon as anything else is selected), whereas the “module” version is the behaviour I’m talking about.
I have checked with version 4.0.7.
You are right, the icon on the left toolbar for module ratsnest is not present in 5.1.0
But its functionality is present on the right toolbar Display local ratsnest:
If a pad is selected it works as the old Display local ratsnest (same as before)
If a footprint is selected it works as the old Show module ratsnest
I have to partially disagree; there is a slight but significant difference.
In the previous version, moving the component made the ratsnest appear automatically (if the option was selected that way);
now, one must undergo an annoying sequence of operations (go to button / click, go to component / click, “m”, move, position, go to button / click, click elsewhere) in order to achieve the same result. And I can’t really find any rationale to it, all the more because it would just have involved leaving a button which was already there in the first place.
I ran into the same problem, 5.1.0-0 on latest Mac.
The old functionality of automatically showing the local ratsnest when moving a component definitely suits me better, too. As you mentioned, it now requires an extra click (or hotkey?) to activate it first, then select the component.
At least I now know how to turn this on at all, I thought I remembered it being a preference setting and couldn’t find that anywhere. Google was my friend, again. For a short while I went with Option B, which was selecting the legacy toolset during the times I’m placing components, then switching back for the actual layout phase.
So yes, +1 for filing a bug report or feature request if it’s possible to get it back.
Thanks again to Rene, Pedro and all the other regular elfs here that help answering such questions!
I just installed version (5.1.2)-1 release build and have the same problem. This is really messing up my work flow because I am so used to the rats nest lines while moving a part. And with over 500 components on this board, I can’t leave the rats nest on, so I find myself turning on and off the global ratsnest. PITA!