Optional magnetic pads without modifying the general settings

Bug #1780254 reported by Laurent Haas on 2018-07-05
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone

Bug Description

When the magnetic pads are disabled, or enabled when creating tracks, it would be useful to enable them with a constraint key (Shift, Ctrl, Alt, whatever) for other tasks, like measuring distances with the caliper tool, without modifying the general settings.

Application: kicad
Version: (5.0.0-rc3-dev), release build
    wxWidgets 3.0.3
    libcurl/7.54.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.11 libssh2/1.8.0 nghttp2/1.23.1 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1), 32 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Build Info:
    wxWidgets: 3.0.3 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
    Boost: 1.60.0
    OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.8.0
    Curl: 7.54.1
    Compiler: GCC 7.1.0 with C++ ABI 1011

Build settings:

Gabriel Staples (ercaguy) wrote :

This sounds useful to me too from my new-user perspective. But, I don't fully understand what magnetic tracks and pads means...

Gabriel Staples (ercaguy) wrote :

Do Ctrl + Shift or Alt + Shift do anything? I stumbled upon this: https://forum.kicad.info/t/how-to-avoid-the-magnetic-behavior-when-drawing-a-track-via/6877/4

Laurent Haas (efcis) wrote :

@eRCaGuy Ctrl + Shift or Alt + Shift currently don't do anything.

The Shift key forces to enable the magnetic pads temporarily when routing (if they're disabled). Maybe it could enable them for other tools (like the caliper) as well, if they're set as "Never" or "When creating tracks".

Gabriel Staples (ercaguy) wrote :

Yes, that would be nice. "Magnetic pad/track" type snapping when using other tools like Caliper, Highlight Net, Add Dimension, or similar, would be very nice!

Currently I just have to set my grid spacing to be very tiny before using these tools.

Seth Hillbrand (sethh) on 2018-07-06
Changed in kicad:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → 5.1.0
status: New → Triaged
Wayne Stambaugh (stambaughw) wrote :

Version 5.1 is in feature freeze. Moving to 6.0.0 milestone.

Changed in kicad:
milestone: 5.1.0 → 6.0.0-rc1
Jeff Young (jeyjey) on 2019-04-11
summary: - Wish : Optional magnetic pads without modifying the general settings
+ Optional magnetic pads without modifying the general settings
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