Difftool for schematic and pcb

Bug #1774887 reported by Thomas Pointhuber
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Bug Description

To proper handle multi-user editing of schematics/pcb's/symbols/footprints it is important to have the possibility to review the changes.

One easy but still powerful approach to show geometric changes is the addition of a graphical diff. The most basic implementation would simply render layer-per-layer and checks for changed pixels. A more advanced approach would do a per-net diff I think, which would allow us to visualize for example tracks overlaying previous tracks way better.

Existing 3rd-party programs:

* https://github.com/Gasman2014/KiCad-Diff
* https://neo900.org/git/eeshow
* https://github.com/madworm/KiCad-Stuff/tree/master/scripts/visual-diffs_on_gerber-files
* https://jnavila.github.io/plotkicadsch

description: updated
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importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Jeff Young (jeyjey) wrote :

Big feature, but it would be really cool.

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status: New → Triaged
description: updated
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Jeff Young (jeyjey) wrote :
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Thomas Pointhuber (pointhi) wrote :

My diff tool implementation:


in contrast to other difftools this is 100% KiCad based (no external dependencies for polygon operations) which makes it suitable as reference-implementation of an upstream diff-tool.

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Leandro Heck (leoheck) wrote :

For schematics, I tested the https://github.com/jnavila/plotkicadsch
It works.

Thomas, that is cool. I want to give a try on yours too.

Also, I want to test something for the layout but I didn't have time yet.

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Thomas Pointhuber (pointhi) wrote :
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Thomas Pointhuber (pointhi) wrote :

And some blog post related to EDA diffs:

* https://www.evilmadscientist.com/2011/improving-open-source-hardware-visual-diffs/

I really like the way the pcb-diff looks in this post: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/6193638191/in/photostream/

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KiCad Janitor (kicad-janitor) wrote :

KiCad bug tracker has moved to Gitlab. This report is now available here: https://gitlab.com/kicad/code/kicad/-/issues/2151

Changed in kicad:
status: Triaged → Expired
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