KiCad Build 2013-07-07 BZR 4022
A compact and straightforward application that allows users to design electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit boards, and open Gerber files
Although it comes packed with many dedicated parameters, it sports a clean and straightforward layout.
The built-in schematic editor gives users the possibility to configure the current page settings, perform basic editing operations (cut, copy, paste, delete), undo or redo their actions, zoom in or out, and draw wires and buses in any direction.
What’s more, you can insert local or global labels, add junctions, check the validity of the circuit by performing tests which reveal details about the total errors and warning messages, pick the measurement unit, print the circuit boards, as well as select from various components from the library.
KiCad allows you to upload NET files and view the selected footprint, record macros, assign hotkeys, and save the generated projects to ZIP file format.
Other important options worth mentioning enable users to use the PCB editor for setting up design rules, zooming in or out of the working environment, working with multiple layers, inserting tracks, zones, arcs, circles, and polygons, as well as switching to a 3D mode. Plus the PCBs can be printed or exported to DSN, CAD, or WRL.
Furthermore, the application allows you to access the contents of Gerber files for analysing the printed circuit board image’s copper layers, solder mask, legend and drill holes, create logos from BMP file formats, add an external text editor, as well as use the PCB calculator.
All things considered, KiCad comes packed with many useful features for helping you create printed electronic circuits.
Reviewed by Ana Marculescu, last updated on October 9th, 2014
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Application descriptionKicad is a complex yet easy-to-use application that can help you create electronic schematic diagrams and printed...