EAGLE is quite powerful and flexible. But with great flexibility comes
great irritation if you don't know how to do it (or even that you can).
And new users may either get discouraged and leave the community, work
inefficiently for years and not realise it, or even worse, not realise an
easy to fix issue and get back boards that don't work (thinking of cam job
mirroring of bottom layer).
So what is on your list of things that EAGLE could configure better out of
the box. I'm not talking about any new functionality. I'm thinking about
things that EAGLE will do, but is just not configured out of the box. Or
things that everyone does the first time they install EAGLE.
Here's a start, please add to it. This is meant to make EAGLE even better,
people at Newark will take this list seriously as it greatly effects that
first impression new users get. A bad one and they might never come back.
1) bill of materials and x-y data generation integrated, documented, and
2) advanced find integrated, documented, and supported
3) better use of colour pallette and default values other than indices
16-63 being gray (or grey if you like)
4) default CAM jobs mirror bottom layer, shouldn't be done normally
5) key assignments for all normal activities, documented and supported.
Of course, users can make their own changes by editing eagle.scr etc, but
again most users don't really know that is possible. And a template
document that you can edit to give new employees the cheat sheet.
That's a start, I'm sure there are a ton more.
James Morrison ~~~ Stratford Digital
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