KiCad Librarian on OSX MAC

Screenshot 2015-02-17 16.27.23This tool comes in handy for organizing kicad footprints and modules.  Unfortually it doesn’t build on osx normally.   I have created a homebrew repo and after ignoring some build errors it seems to compile and work great on OSX.

The main site for the tool is at http://www.compuphase.com/electronics/kicadlibrarian_en.htm.

My homebrew repo is located at https://github.com/shaneburrell/homebrew-kicadlibrarian

 

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Compiling KiCad on Mac OSX

You’ll need to build wxWidgets with this:

./configure –enable-unicode=yes –enable-shared=no –enable-monolithic –with-opengl –with-expat=builtin –enable-aui –with-osx_cocoa –with-macosx-sdk=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk/ –prefix=/opt/wxwidgets-svn –enable-universal-binary

 

And then make KiCad:

cmake ./ -DKICAD_TESTING_VERSION=ON -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/Applications/kicad -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS=’-D__ASSERTMACROS__’ -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES=’x86_64 -isysroot /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk/ -mmacosx-version-min=10.6′ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE:STRING=’Release’

 

DEBUGGING ONLY!!!

./configure –enable-unicode=yes –enable-shared=no –enable-monolithic –with-opengl –with-expat=builtin –enable-aui –with-osx_cocoa –with-macosx-sdk=/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk/ –prefix=/opt/wxwidgets-svn –enable-macosx_arch=x86_64 –enable-debug

 

cmake ./ -DKICAD_TESTING_VERSION=ON -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/Applications/kicad -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS=’-D__ASSERTMACROS__’ -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES=’x86_64 -isysroot /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk/ -mmacosx-version-min=10.6′ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE:STRING=’Debug’

 

 

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Apple Tablet – AKA The iSlate

I’ve been seeing various publications report that the iSlate is real and will be out on the market soon.  The applications for a inexpensive tablet PC with a virtual keyboard is really appealing to a lot of applications I think about daily.  For law enforcement it would be the perfect medium to complete paperwork, get signatures and be a general purpose device much more useful with a SSD than the current offerings of heavy rugged laptop currently used.  The medical field tablets have been used for quite some time now.  For technicians and tool makers this could be the perfect platform to provide a rich and powerful GUI to there wares via bluetooth or USB. Continue reading “Apple Tablet – AKA The iSlate”

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