I’m not sure if this has been covered before, but when you need to generate a regular rectangular, or circular board outline, I feel it would be a great improvement of you could just have a drop-down menu, where you just enter the size of the rectangle sides, or diameter of the circle.
I find that using the drawing tool is very fiddly and time consuming.
bugs/wishlist items need to be pointed there (as KiCADinfo is ‘just’ frequented by some of the devs, but not an official support forum, afaik):
Wishes need to be tagged with wishlist and you need to make sure that this particular feature isn’t listed already by someone else (use the search over there) so you could just vote for that wish and add thoughts if you have any.
PS: pretty sure that better coordinate input, even CAD like has already been listed over there…
PPS: don’t be upset if you get shut down by the devs, the group is not that big and already has their plate filled for the next 10 years.
I second that suggestion. Hopefully that feature will be included in Version 5.
Creating a correctly sized rectangular board outline should take 10 seconds, not 10’s of minutes using a line drawing tool. The rectangular box drawing tool is in all the other packages (eeschema, part creation, footprint creation, etc)
When creating a rectangular PCB, set a custom grid size to the desired X*Y such as 17mm * 24mm and there you have easy grid to snap to.
However, the maximum it seems to allow for a grid size is 50mm (sound rather arbitrary), and I need a 88mm * 435mm board, so that breaks down into a grid size of 244mm x 1529mm.
Thus setting grid sizes of 44mm x 29mm, I can count two grid points across and 15 grid points down, all done under 2 minutes (including the integer factoring). Not as fast as it could be, but a handy trick.
It used to be you could set pretty much any size for the grid, which helped a lot to overcome a lot of limitations in KiCad (outlines, arrays etc.) At some point it was changed to 50mm. I had a bug report about it sitting for more two years. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Charras nothing has been done about it, although just about everybody else thinks it was a bad move. You can try to vote it up, for the good it may do.
LOL, my comment is the last one there. For some reason I didn’t see the previous recent comments when I wrote it so it came in too late. In general the developers have been very responsive when I have reported something, it’s almost amazing, sometimes they seem to have read my mind before I have decided to report something and fixed it beforehand.
Though creating PCB shapes is easy, I have a variety of shapes I often use so, I made several Templates with the shapes, which include Margins for Keep-out zones (for my CNC Milling needs…).
• Create a board shape add comments, Dim’s, whatever…
• Tweak existing Worksheets, if desired (for
schematic and pcb)
• Take screenshot to use as Logo, if desired
• Make a Template folder
• Copy your file to the new Template folder
• Create the necessary “meta” folder and items… (screenshot)
• Link the Template folder to the Path…
Do a little homework on creating the items and setting folder paths…
Select the Edge.Cuts layer and draw two circles with the same center, it helps if you set a big grid size >1mm, after you are done, edit the properties of the circles to define the radii (radiuses, radiusss ) that you want (40mm and 10mm), then your board outline is ready.
The round track was a hack but depending on your application it can be acceptable, I draw a circle in a layer (Drw, Cmts, Eco, etc.) with the desired radius and edited its properties to make it thicker and send it to a cooper layer.