[sdiy] Eagle footprints

Jason Tribbeck jason at tribbeck.com
Sun Nov 22 09:26:30 CET 2015

Eagle 6.0 was the first version with XML as the back-end native format -
although I can't say when the built-in libraries were migrated (and you've
got the third-party contribution libraries as well - some of these may
never be upgraded [it prevents you from using it on earlier versions]).

I've written parsers for both formats - obviously the XML one is much
easier than the binary format. Although I've only done old format libraries
- I think the schematic and board files are going to be the same format.

Going back to the original question/problem, since I etch my own boards, I
always mark pin 1 with a small square of copper. This should be visible
through the silk screen if I was getting the boards properly made.

On Sun, 22 Nov 2015 at 07:17 john slee <indigoid at oldcorollas.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 22 November 2015 at 10:55, Brian Willoughby <brianw at audiobanshee.com>
> wrote:
>> Very nice, John. This is appreciated, so let us know when you've made it
>> available. I assume it will run for folks who are not Ruby developers.
> https://github.com/indigoid/eaglegrep
> You'll need Ruby installed, and installation is... not great right now...
> but it does work. It's somewhat documented, even.
> Also this only works for XML schematics as emitted by modern Eagle. I'm
> afraid I don't know what the cutoff version is. I'm using 7.4.0. I noticed
> along the way that Olivier Gillet's schematics/boards are in the old binary
> format.
>> I often use regular 'grep' to search all available Eagle libraries for a
>> package that's not yet in my own library. It's not very sophisticated,
>> because all it does it point to libraries that I need to open and then
>> manually search for packages, but it does save some time.
> I was starting to wonder about libraries. Haven't gone there yet but as
> the modern ones are XML... One of the things that seems to be lacking in
> Eagle as-is (unless I'm missing something?) is a way to extract parts from
> schematics, into new libraries. No promises but I may look at that too
>> I imagine that your command-line tool will useful as well for managing
>> and coordinating many projects.
> I hope so. It's already helping me with a few things.
> Feedback/constructive abuse/etc welcome :-)
> John
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