When I saw demo how F11 routing works I thought: You should move from Protel 3.5 (the program from 1997 year) to KiCad.
Under Protel if I have to move some track the best way in my opinion is to delete it and route once more. So imagine when I decide to move microcontroller…
I have read KiCad documentations and done some tests in past, and plan to use KiCad shortly, but I had to do some PCBs which were just next versions of older ones so there was no idea to do them from beginning and some other, not PCB, works and few months passed.
Now I have new PCB to design but unfortunately I have only few days to do it. I have to quick decide if to use KiCad or just do this once more with Protel.
My first question (others soon) is about printing documentation. I need the following pictures:
- light gray copper and black elements (courtyard + reference)
- light gray copper and black elements (courtyard + value).
When I have many 0603 elements it is no place to have references and values on the same picture, and using courtyard lefts enough place for text inside it.
Only one output from Pcbnew has possibility to select if designators or values are draw or not, but this output allows only one layer to output - so will not get what I wont. I could than mix two layers on some graphic program, but I’m not familiar enough with anyone.
Considering how to solve this I assumed I have three layers to use: F.Silks, F.Fab, F.CrtYd. I can have designator at one, value at another and courtyeard at third but then I have no layer for physical dimensions.
Solution I plan to use:
F.SilkS - courtyard + reference
F.CrtYd - courtyard + value
May be I miss something, because of no experience with using KiCad and there is other solution I just don’t see which would allow to use footprints as they are in KiCad libraries?