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Feature Request: Proper Import of Polygons and Vectors from SVG, DXF and PDFs

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02-03-2017 08:15 AM

This is something which is bothering me since I started working with EAGLE. There is no real comfortable way to import vector graphics into an EAGLE board layout. I will start with my feature request and add more information why this is important below.

 

Please add a real working import function which has this features:

 

  • Import vector graphics from SVG, DXF or PDF.
  • Import the vector graphics as closed polygon to allow filled areas for copper pours, silkscreen logos or similar.
  • Import the vector graphics as wire outline for easily create custom PCB shapes or similar.
  • Automatically convert bezier paths, curves and similar into the correct representation in EAGLE.
  • Provide a preview of the import and if there is any problem, show a meaningful error message what went wrong or why the import is not possible.
  • Automatically use the dimensions/scale embedded in the source format of the vector image if available.

Why is This Feature Important

 

  • For many devices a custom board shape is required and EAGLE has no real tools to draw bezier paths.
  • Custom board shapes usually come from another CAD application where the shape of the board can be easily exported - e.g. as DXF or similar.
  • The task does not stop with the shape of the board, usually a copper pour is required in the same shape of the board. This is why an import of a custom filled polygon is required as well.
  • Companies like to put logos, signs and any kind of custom graphics on the PCB. Either as silkscreen or special shaped copper or on other layers. This logos and shapes will come from designers which can easily provide the shape as PDF or SVG. Again: EAGLE lack has no real tools to draw bezier paths and design graphical elements in a meaningful way.
  • A proper import of vector logos and images would end all this strange hacks how currently bitmaps are imported.

 

Hi Amyoqzy,

I have created an enhancement request for this, and I fully agree with you. It will take some time to implement this but hopefully we can get to it sooner rather than later.

Best Regards,
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Re: Feature Request: Proper Import of Polygons and Vectors from SVG, DXF and PDF

02-06-2017 03:02 PM in reply to: Amyoqzy
Hi Amyoqzy,

I have created an enhancement request for this, and I fully agree with you. It will take some time to implement this but hopefully we can get to it sooner rather than later.

Best Regards,

Jorge Garcia
Product Support Specialist for EAGLE
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Re: Feature Request: Proper Import of Polygons and Vectors from SVG, DXF and PDF

03-18-2017 04:48 PM in reply to: jorge.garcia

Yes, please! This is a failure of all EDA tools it seems. Please be the ones to make this happen.

 

Rob Duarte
Assistant Professor in Art, Florida State University
http://art.fsu.edu/rob-duarte/

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