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Autoroute PCBs in KiCad offline

October 31st, 2014 No comments

Few months back, the autorouter in KiCad stopped working. KiCad was using the free online autorouter http://www.freerouting.net/ which is now not working. The author was kind enough to open-source it and you can find it in various locations in the Internet.

Now if you want to use it directly, you can use pre-compiled files. I found them in this GitHub repository, look into the binaries directory. Download the file you are interested in. Since I am working in Ubuntu I downloaded the .jar file. Then to be able to run it, you have to install Java. I used this package

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless

First make sure you export your KiCad board file as .dsn from FILE>EXPORT>Specctra DSN

Then run

java -jar FreeRouting.jar

Open you .dsn file and click Autorouter!FreeRouter KiCad Offline

 

 

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KiCad (latest dev version) does not work with Ubuntu 14.10

October 28th, 2014 No comments

I installed the latest dev version of KiCad but it seems to be problematic with the new Ubuntu 14.10. The problem is that some functions like ‘Place Component’ don’t work and freeze the application. I tried both using the PPA installation method and building from source (bzr version 5233). Have you also experienced this bug? Let me know in the comments. If I get to solve this I will update.

UPDATE 30/10/2014: So it seems that the problem occurs due to the Windows Manager (Unity). I installed GNOME and KiCad now works.

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