New batch of pdp8 OMNIBUS to USB interface! Please Read and react!

Noel Chiappa jnc at
Fri Feb 17 13:35:38 CST 2017

    > From: Jon Elson

Dave Bridgham and I have been using KiCAD for our stuff, and we're pretty
happy with it.

Here are a few bits: this is just data, I'm not trying to convince anyone to
use it - the points about 'complex tools one is already very used to' are
very good ones.

    > I'm most concerned about the reliability of the design rules check
    > ...
    > If these checks miss errors, I REALLY don't want to use the package.

I'm not quite sure what's covered here, but I have used the checker on my
admittedly-tiny projects, and been happy with it.

    > and layout vs. schematic.

Again, Dave has used it to lay out at least one moderately-sized card, and
seems to have been happy with the results.

    > (KiCad seems to still require picking operations from a menu, Protel
    > has user-configurable keyboard shortcuts that are a big help. Maybe
    > KiCad has that and I just need to learn them.)

KiCAD does have keyboard shortcuts. I don't know if they are configurable.

    > From: Guy Sotomayor Jr

    > In terms of community supplied libraries, Eagle has those too and I've
    > found that by and large they are junk (it's easier/quicker for me to
    > create a part on my own
    > ... While I haven't seen a lot of KiCAD contributed libraries (that's
    > part of the problem)

KiCAD came with a fairly large set of user-contributed libraries. For various
reasons (including working with archaic parts), I've wound up adding quite a
few, but i've usally found it pretty easy to modify an exising part from the
libraries, to get what I need. YMMV.


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