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Offline johnboxall

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Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:23:46 am »
"Improved Manual Routing, Configurable Precision and Additional Import/Export Capabilities in the new BETA version of DipTrace PCB CAD. We have also polished the existing features and redesigned the interface to make DipTrace even more user-friendly. Download DipTrace 3.3 Beta now! "
https://diptrace.com/download/download-diptrace/
 
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 11:00:24 pm »
Really nice guys!

I am still very impressed by Diptrace.
It's a whole lot cheaper than most other professional EDAs with a very easy to understand GUI.
Extra compliments for how much time and effort you put in actually really listening to the community!  :-+ :-+
There are not a lot of developers out there (including the free ones) who can say that.
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 07:25:53 pm »
I'm digging the new routing dialog on the left (although not sure if it would be better on the right perhaps? maybe because i was used to it being there)

I remember them mentioning they were going to be implementing push and shove in this release but i can't find it yet.

I tried to route a couple of parallel traces with "Follow Rules" enabled.
It was actually harder for me to place them, i'd rather place the trace and adjust manually. what I think should happen is that the trace places itself according to the rules, but now if a trace segment doesn't follow the rules (like overlapping) it won't be placed, period.
 

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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 09:35:05 pm »
I'm digging the new routing dialog on the left (although not sure if it would be better on the right perhaps? maybe because i was used to it being there)

I remember them mentioning they were going to be implementing push and shove in this release but i can't find it yet.

I tried to route a couple of parallel traces with "Follow Rules" enabled.
It was actually harder for me to place them, i'd rather place the trace and adjust manually. what I think should happen is that the trace places itself according to the rules, but now if a trace segment doesn't follow the rules (like overlapping) it won't be placed, period.
They are still working on the push and shove, but decided to bring out a beta with all the other changes already. If I understand correctly the final version has the push and shove.
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 05:12:16 am »
I just installed the new DipTrace v3.3 version (no longer in beta).

Found a new problem during first look.  The "zoom in" button on the 3D Preview page no longer works.  Looks like they messed up the button hooks while adding the new board thickness options.

Also, the "route manual" button always pops up the "Routing" menu on the left side.  And then switches to the "Place Component" menu even after turning these menus off to see more screen space.  The View Toolbars selections are all messed up now (i.e. CTRL+1 function).
« Last Edit: October 24, 2018, 05:48:11 am by MarkF »
 

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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 05:36:24 am »
I really love DipTrace but it's totally frustrating how slow the progress is and how few feature requests are implemented. Even the easiest to implement things suggested years ago like exporting gerber/drill with one click instead of dozens (e.g. two for each gerber layer when overwriting) were never done and I begin to think they never will be.
Actually I wonder if anybody developing Diptrace actually uses it himself/herself and if there is more than one fulltime (?) developer anyway. Like there are so many things that would need an hour to implement and would make DipTrace so much better to work with and they don't even seem to understand the suggestions.
About push and shove, I'd bet this will never make it in 3.x but will happen only in 4.x in two years or so.
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2018, 10:46:54 pm »
I've just noticed that you can import Kicad files now as well. Along with the ability to import Gerber files this is very useful.
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 11:35:44 pm »
Honestly I hadn't really noticed that DipTrace can import Gerbers until some weeks ago.This is a super handy feature for some specific tasks. In my case, I wanted to create one common stencil for some small boards so I could try a steel stencil from Seeed Studio.
Didn't try KiCad import but Eagle Import works OKish. Like in works in principal but there's a lot of work to do to fully convert the imported schematic and PCB to DipTrace. Lots of space for improvements.
I would expect the KiCad support to be the same. Anyway, any progress is good.
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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2018, 10:11:15 pm »
I notice that a 3.3.0.1 update was released in that last couple of days. Can't find any info about what's changed in the new revision, anybody know?

Probably just a bug fix release? Maybe they just fixed the issue with the zoom in button on the 3D Preview... ;D
 

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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2018, 10:18:55 pm »
Release notes can be found on the diptrace forum, news and events section. https://diptrace.com/forum/

« Last Edit: November 02, 2018, 10:21:35 pm by Rolo »
 

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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2018, 06:18:39 am »
Huh, I looked at the DipTrace forum, but didn't see that post for some reason. Thanks.

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2. Fixed - Component Editor loads only first 1001 components of the library.

Heh, I encountered this bug today. I thought I was going crazy when Component Editor wasn't listing some library parts but Schematic Editor was. Good to know it wasn't me! :phew:
 

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Re: Diptrace v3.3 Beta is out
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 12:28:30 am »
Improved Manual Routing

Well done. Manual routing was already very good, but with the new visual aids added, it is now excellent!
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