Has the format of libraries changed with the transition from v6 to v7?
It’s still sexpr, but there have been some tweaks
//#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220101 // Class flags. //#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220102 // Fonts. //#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220126 // Text boxes. //#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220328 // Text box start/end -> at/size. //#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220331 // Text colors. //#define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220914 // Symbol unit display names. #define SEXPR_SYMBOL_LIB_FILE_VERSION 20220914 // Don't save property ID
The comments roughly detail the changes
One origin of that question was the dev of library converter tools i.e. the SnapEDA Desktop App or the plugin they want to adapt. I assume a fully v6 compatible footprint or symbol will be valid in v7. Some new properties or features aren’t downward compatible but extensions so v6 syntax didn’t changed and will be read from v7, right?
This needs a confirmation, please. @Rene_Poschl ?
That is what @marekr writes above, and anyone using 6.99 or 7.0.0-rc knows.
Rene_Poschl left Kicad some 18 months ago.
Sorry, then I misunderstood this:
I thought, this refers to some changes NOT compatible. So everything is fine, if a library/part converter/generator for v6 then supports v7 too.
So, this could be marked as solved. Thanks.
Oh, I read so much from him - obvious old posts and didn’t realize that. My fault.
I believe this quoted comment from @marekr was written in humor.
When working in version 6 with libraries from 5, it was impossible to edit them (read only) for editing it was necessary to convert and there were nuances… How are things going now? When using version 6 of libraries in version 7 of kicad
Official Kicad libraries, or personal libraries?
Kicad official libraries always were, and probably always will be, read only. Each version of Kicad includes the latest version of the official libraries. Why use old libraries with a new Kicad?
I have a pretty good sized personal library that I developed in v6. I am using it now under current v7rc1 and have seen zero differences. I am also using the new v7 database capability and everything is working seamlessly.
Between v5 and v6 the schematic library format was completely redone and changed therefore massively. between v6 and v7 only minor changes were done to the library formats so there should be no problem using v6 libs in v7.
I often use services that give a seat 3 d model and many people do not update the format of libraries so quickly with v5