Hi all, i have started a few months ago using KiCad, i saw that current stable version was 4.0.7 and sticked to that one despite there were insisting news of the imminent release of v5. When a stable v 5.0.0 came out i gave it a try and got really stunned by the fantastic job, but to be honest i also came across a few surprises, not all good; this is the reason i am posting to ask a bit of help; before I start with the questions, I would like to highlight that I run KiCAD from a virtual machine and i always start from a deep clean status (that is, I made a Win 10 x64 VM with no KiCAD and saved it, then every time i tried a new version of KiCAD I started from that one, to be absolutely sure that there are no interferences between versions. Questions about v5:
some components from MicroChip libraries have gone, but to my knowledge they are not obsolete (e.g. MCP23017 and MCP23S17). Is it possible to use v4 Microchip library, which has them? How can it be done (sorry instructions are a bit unclear to me)? Or should I try to download latest v5 libraries from gitHub instead? How do i install them? (sorry again instructions a bit unclear to me).
While using v4 I downloaded a couple of 3rd party libraries, can i still use them in v5? Probably the installation process is same as previous question?
PCB autorouter is gone and also button to FreeRoute. Really? Maybe i have to study plugins in order to have some autorouting back?
I am currently trying to get v4.0.7 and 5.0 side by side (again: clean Windows VM, installed v4 in Kicad407 specifying no environment vars, installed v5 in Kicad500 also without environment vars, but i dont like this approach. I’d rather end with a v5 with autorouters and v4 libs if possible.
I would really appreciate some advice on how to get everything working on a v5 only installation.
Thanks alot for your support and best regards