OS: Windows 10 Pro Version 1703.
KiCad Version: 4.0.7, release build.
I am a recent convert. Six months as of 03, September, 2017. Coming over to KiCad from what used to be “Cadsoft” EAGLE. After using EAGLE for nearly 20 years, I want to make sure everyone understands that I am not trying to insist that KiCad function in the same manner that I have grown accustomed to in EAGLE but rather come to an understanding of the methods recommended to accomplish similar tasks. All guidance is very much appreciated.
Although by no means a critical design need, I thought I would start with this…,
Working in the Footprint Editor how might I go about drawing a filled circle in the F.SilkS Layer?
So far I have tried the following:
1.) Changed “Item thickness” using the Circle Properties Dialog and by editing the circle property “width” in Notepad++. Did not work but I did learn that if I set the width to zero using the text editor that I could no longer select the circle for editing in the Footprint Editor. I could see it, but not edit it. Also found it interesting that the line width is referred to as “thickness” in the Properties Dialog Box but “width” in the text of the file. Not a criticism, just an observation.
2.) Drawing the filled circle in a Cad program, exporting as DXF then importing into the Footprint Editor using the default Import DFX File under File menu. Tried various saved versions of the AutoCad DXF file including R2013/2015, R2010/2012 and R2007/2009. Although a circle and a few lines were imported these all turned out to be individual entities as evidenced while viewing the file in Notepad++.
3.) Added a circle pad with the properties of Pad Type = Connector, Layers/Copper: = None and deselecting all Technical Layers except the one I am interested in (F.SilkS). Although this proved to me that it is possible to display (draw) a filled circle, I’ll not proceed to use this method because of the high potential of unforeseen design conflicts that might arise. This filled circle renders as “Pads Front”.
I have also searched through the KiCad Footprint Library Format documents but found no drawing command to render a filled circle.