P2 definition for KICAD library
JRoark Posts: 1,204
in Propeller 2
I'm in the process of learning KICAD this weekend. Does anyone have a P2 definition that can be imported into the KICAD library? I'd rather not learn how to generate my own component definitions just yet.
KiCAD can import PCAD exports from Altium, so you can get whole P2 layouts into kicad that way.
Looks like the files there are old, and some are almost empty.
Peter may need to save some more recent PCAD format files from his Altium designs ?
I find P2PCB-PCAD.pcb · 142.73 KB, which is a very early P2D2 rev (but ok for footprint harvest ) and that loads into KiCAD via File.ImportNonKiCad File and displays.
The PCAD pathway seemed to work quite well when I tried it, FWIR, only zones priority had some editing needed.
I also see there is good looking progress on a native Kicad loader for Altium too here
@evanh - if you find a way to handle the Protel99SE files directly then please let us know.
So in Protel I can export to PCAD2000 which I did initially per requests when I first designed the P2D2. I don't use them myself. Now I just tried that again and opened KiCad and asked it to "import non-KiCad board file" and then selected the file type (near the open button in the dialog) as PCAD rather than the default Eagle, and it worked.
I think you hit a quirk in KiCAD design - to see that import option, you need to launch pcbnew stand-alone, not from the kiCAD shell.
Right now, the best path is Save-As PCAD format in Altium, and the File.ImportNonKiCad File works.
As linked above there is a native Altium importer for KiCAD in advanced testing.
Not sure if it can import way back to Peter's protel 99 ?
EDIT: Oops, had left the paste layer off and forgotten about it. Now need to learn how to make new pad shapes ...
Can you upload these P2D2R4 files to the P2D2 links page, along with the original Altium file, and I'll give a link to the KiCad developer ? If he has PCAD and Altium files from same original, he can compare converters.