Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to install KiCad EDA 4.0.3 released on Ubuntu

    KiCad is an open source software suite for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The programs handle Schematic Capture, and PCB Layout with Gerber output. The suite runs on Windows, Linux and OS X and is licensed under GNU GPL v3.


The 4.0.3 stable version contains many bug fixes, OSX touch pad improvements, and improved translations.

This release contains a new snapshot of the documentation and libraries. It also has the latest changes from the kicad-i18n repo, which now contains complete GUI translations for the following languages: de, fr, it, ja, ru, pl, zh_CN and es.

KiCad EDA 4.0.3 Changes

  • Pcbnew: fix incorrect assertion failure in specctra export when a footprint contains segments on edge.cut layer.
  • Pcbnew: fix bug opening P-CAD ASCII files.
  • Eeschema: fix bug where global bus labels were being ignored.
  • Eeschema: fix segfault in component library editor when adding pins to alternate body style.
  • OSX: fix bug caused by wxBitmap drawing 0 width or height bitmap.
  • Pcbnew: fix issues in PCAD import of P-CAD ASCII files.
  • Pcbnew: prevent delete hot key from deleting locked footprints.
  • Pcbnew: more accurate router pushout force calculation for circle-segment collisions in GAL.
  • Fix environment variable initialization issue on Linux.
  • Pcbnew: fix incorrect (too small) bounding box EDA_TEXT, noticeable when chars like j or { are used in zone fill functions.
  • Pcbnew: fix exception when importing pcad pcb with zero size pads.
  • Pcbnew: loading file with footprint on an inner layer causes an assertion.
  • KiCad: fix Preferred Editor dialog.
  • Fix graphics rendering on RTL systems.
  • Eeschema: fix wxFileDialog assertion when importing component.
  • CvPcb: remove footprint library load failure limit.
  • Gerber files: ensure the “level polarity dark” is set in each file avoid issues when paneling files.
  • Pcbnew: fix issues in DRC dialog issues.
  • Eeschema: fix value field editing bug in component library editor.
  • Fix mirrored graphics when moving SCH_BITMAP on OSX.
  • Fix display bug when multiple monitor loses window when switched to single monitor.
  • Pcbnew: fix DRC write report to file crash bug.
  • Fix broken swig import script when using swig 3.0.10.
  • KiCad: fix an issue when the schematic editor or the board editor are run from the project tree frame.
  • Gerbview: fix incorrect handling of G85 command when reading excellon files.
  • Pcbnew: fix crash when loading board files with a missing net section.
  • Pcbnew: fix footprint libraries wizard error when opening personal GitHub accounts.
  • Pcbnew: fix segfault on BOARDs without tracks.
  • Pcbnew: fix dangling board reference crash in GAL.
  • Fix window positioning bug when context menu is open.
  • Polygon: fixed polygon filleting glitch for colinear outline segments.
 Installation instructions: 
To add this PPA to your Ubuntu distribution and to install Notepadqq, simply run the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:js-reynaud/kicad-4

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install kicad

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