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Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:34:51 -0900
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Subject: Re: [geda-user] Find rat lines
From: Britton Kerin <britton DOT kerin AT gmail DOT com>
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On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM, Kai-Martin Knaak <kmk AT familieknaak DOT de> wrote:
> Markus Hitter <mah AT jump-ing DOT de> schrieb am 10. December 2012:
>
>> Do you guys never import a bunch of new or renamed components with (x)
>> gschem2pcb?
>
> I usually set Settings->Import_New_Elements_at to "Crosshair" and click
> to some free space in the Viewport. I also habitually set the attribute
> "Set_Dispersion" to zero. That way, all new components land on top of
> each other. They don't scatter all over the place.
>
> BTW, do we really have to call the 2D patterns in a layout "components"?
> I get the impression that the rest of the world calls this collection of
> lines and polygons in copper and silk a "footprint". To them, a
> component is the three dimensional object soldered to the pcb.

Well, one way to make a module in PCB, is to make a large and
more-complicated-than-usual "component" :)  I sort of do this for
arduino shields/beaglebone breadboards (where to footprint actually
represents the arduino/beaglebone that is getting attached below).

I don't know if its worth having our own term just because footprint
usually means slightly less than this, or not.

Britton

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