KiCad is a lightweight Windows application built specifically for helping you design electronic schematic diagrams and printed circuit boards.
Although it comes packed with many dedicated parameters, it sports a clean and straightforward layout.
The built-in schematic editor gives users the possibility to configure the current page settings, perform basic editing operations (cut, copy, paste, delete), undo or redo their actions, zoom in or out, and draw wires and buses in any direction.
What’s more, you can insert local or global labels, add junctions, check the validity of the circuit by performing tests which reveal details about the total errors and warning messages, pick the measurement unit, print the circuit boards, as well as select from various components from the library.
KiCad allows you to upload NET files and view the selected footprint, record macros, assign hotkeys, and save the generated projects to ZIP file format.
- When laying out your PCB, you can instantly inspect your design in an interactive 3D view.
- Rotate and pan around to inspect details easier than with a 2D display.
- Electrical Rules Check
- Export Netlists
- Bill Of Materials
- Integrated libraries
- Push and shove router
- Length tuning
- Footprint Editor (GAL)
Other important options worth mentioning enable users to use the PCB editor for setting up design rules, zooming in or out of the working environment, working with multiple layers, inserting tracks, zones, arcs, circles, and polygons, as well as switching to a 3D mode. Plus the PCBs can be printed or exported to DSN, CAD, or WRL.
The application allows you to access the contents of Gerber files for analyzing the printed circuit board image’s copper layers, solder mask, legend and drill holes, create logos from BMP file formats, add an external text editor, as well as use the PCB calculator.
All things considered, KiCad comes packed with many useful features for helping you create printed electronic circuits.