This is a question about what features the community would want to see in a web viewer for KiCAD files.
I’ve been using the STEMN beta for about a month, and I’m really liking it. It’s a way to share and collaborate on hardware projects online that uses Dropbox or Google Drive to keep files in sync.
They have in-browser rendering for many file types, and they’re currently discussing how to support more open source file formats: FreeCAD, KiCAD, etc. The EDA renderer is also up for a possible rework. If you scroll down to the 4th comment on this thread you’ll start to see the discussion that sparked this post. There’s also a separate feature request for KiCAD support here.
I’m interested in KiCAD file support in STEMN because one of my projects relies on KiCAD. However, I’m new to KiCAD, so I don’t know what features would be best in a viewer. There’s an online service called eyrie.io that seems to have a good web viewer that supports KiCAD, but again, I’m a newbie (to KiCAD and electronics design in general).
So that leads me to a few questions.
- Are people interested in web viewing/rendering of their KiCAD files?
- Are there already open source web viewers and/or parsers out there for KiCAD? I found a couple by Googling, but they seem to just be experiments.
- What views does a web viewer need to show from the file(s) (schematic, pcb, 3D)?
- What features do you feel are most important (mouse interactivity, layer handling, etc)?
- How many different versions of the KiCAD file format are there? Are they all backwards-compatible?