Show Gerber with other fab outputs in menu

Bug #1817124 reported by Evan Shultz on 2019-02-21
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
KiCad
Wishlist
Jeff Young

Bug Description

At https://lists.launchpad.net/kicad-developers/msg37201.html Seth posted a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpw9dKxL2Ho&feature=youtu.be&a=) of an experienced Altium guy using KiCad 5.0. The video is generally painful and annoying to watch, but if I saw something that seemed worthy and I couldn't find it in the bugtracker already I thought I should add a new bug for it.

About 1:40 into the video Dave is looking to generate Gerber outputs. File > Fabrication Outputs would seem to be the most logical place, but that's not where one goes to make Gerbers.

The Plot dialog can do a lot more than just Gerbers, but for the uninitiated it's unclear where exactly to go and Gerbers, being a major output of ECAD tools, would seem worthy of it's own menu entry so one can't admonish Dave for expecting to see "gerber" or "artwork" or some other term in the menu.

One option would be to add File > Fabrication Outputs > Gerber and then redirect that to the existing Plot dialog already set up in Gerber mode. Then the menus include Gerber output along with the other fab stuff but the Plot dialog can remain on it's own for plotting to other formats as well. Just a thought.

Seth Hillbrand (sethh) wrote :

That's a good catch. I'm glad you were able to sort through the excess to find a useful item!

Changed in kicad:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
milestone: none → 6.0.0-rc1
status: New → Triaged
Urs Obernolte (urs-obernolte) wrote :

@Evan: Yeah, I just wanted to post that bug/feature.request also. I think "Plot" should be in the "Fabrication outputs" sections, exactly as you wrote. Named "gerber" and just pointing to the plot command preselected the gerber output. One point less for people new to kicad to search. And that´s always better ;-)

Jeff Young (jeyjey) on 2019-03-08
Changed in kicad:
assignee: nobody → Jeff Young (jeyjey)
Jeff Young (jeyjey) on 2019-03-08
Changed in kicad:
status: Triaged → In Progress
KiCad Janitor (kicad-janitor) wrote :

Fixed in revision e563184eace8b1fe8d5d1c60fa46f11ebc25606a
https://git.launchpad.net/kicad/patch/?id=e563184eace8b1fe8d5d1c60fa46f11ebc25606a

Changed in kicad:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
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