28 Jun '16, 10pm

KiCad and Open-Source Design:

Out of curiosity, what version of KiCad did you use? There is a deserved reputation for stable builds not being available in installation package, but that has changed recently. In the latest stable version (v4.0.1) and probably several versions up to it, there are alternate methods of specifying footprints instead of using CvPCB. When editing a component in the the schematic (not the library, but a placed component, press the E key when hovering over the part) there is a list of meta-data fields. One of those fields is the footprint field. This is where CvPCB will put the footprints (if you back-annotate from the netlist once you process with CvPCB, which you should do so you don’t loose footprints after updating netlist from an iterative schematic change). But, if you select that field in EESchema the button under the Field Value entry box changes to “Assign Footprint”. ...

Full article: https://www.sparkfun.com/news/2041

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