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Development Highlight: Altium Pcb Importer

As a preview of a feature coming in the next major release, the ability to import Altium PcbDoc files is now available in the latest nightly builds. This was thanks to the work of Thomas Pointhuber in MR#60

The board import option can be found under the File > Import > Non-Kicad Board File option and changing the file type filter

Import non kicad option in menu shown

After which in the import file dialog you must change the file filter

Altium PcbDoc selector shown in file open explorer

After selecting your PcbDoc file and a short delay. Pcbnew will display its best attempt at a import and provide warnings if it had any difficulties importing the file.

Altium PcbDoc selector shown in file open explorer

If you want to give the board import a spin, simply download the latest KiCad nightly. Feel free to report any issues you may find.

If you want to join in on a discussion on this feature, you may find a forum thread with the developer here

Note Both this feature and nightly builds are in development, please only use them for testing and experimentation

See Also

Testing: Eeschema Advanced Canvas Released

The KiCad project recently merged the Eeschema modern canvas code into the development branch. This represents a significant change in the way the schematics and symbols are rendered by using the same modern canvas code used in Pcbnew. The schematic and symbol editing tools will not use the advanced tool framework used in Pcbnew so there will be no new editing features such as advanced selection, snapping, etc. The advanced tool framework features will be introduced into Eeschema during version 6 development.

Testing: Symbol Library Table Released

The KiCad project recently merged the symbol library table code for accessing symbol libraries into the master branch. This represents a significant change in the way symbol libraries are defined and accessed. It is similar in design and function of the footprint library table and will resolve the long standing issue with symbol library ordering in Eeschema along with some new features such as platform independence and lazy library loading.