As requested by some our users, version 1.7.6 adds a larger panel size – 100×205mm. Given this overlaps with components panel area on Cirqoid, using panel of this size makes pick and place operation impossible.

This is the first release candidate of version 2.0. The main focus was on improving tool path generation algorithms. Both isolation milling and rub out tool paths are now much more coherent and take way less time to be generated.

This version also changes the way cirQWizard communicates with the controller. Thus, it requires update of Cirqoid’s firmware to version 0.3.×. Keep in mind, that firmware 0.3.x won’t be compatible with previous versions of cirQWizard (though it’s still possible to downgrade firmware if you want to go back to the previous version).

Recommended update procedure is to update the firmware first and then proceed with cirQWizard’s update.

Also, as the name suggests – this is a release candidate. It’s quite possible some bugs are still there. If you happen to stumble upon one of them, drop us a note and will take care of that. The best place for dropping that note is cirQWizard’s forum.

This version fixes a few with Orcad generated Gerber files.

Version 1.7.4 is a feature update – it introduces functionality for dispensing solder paste and placing components on both sides of the board (earlier versions only allowed these operations on the top layer).

This version fixes another Excellon parsing bug, which was introduced in one of the previous versions – CQ-204

Version 1.7.2 adds a possibility to override default setting for leading/trailing zeros omission – Excellon format allows to omit either leading or trailing zeros in the coordinates, but does not require to specify which ones were omitted. Inevitably, different EDAs approach this differently.

This new setting can be found in Settings → Import, under Excellon tab

Previous version came out rather beefy, so in this version we shaved down some excess weight. We also squashed a couple of bugs, while we were at it:

Release Notes – cirQWizard – Version 1.7.1

Bug

  • [CQ-199] – Single quadrant arcs are not parsed correctly
  • [CQ-201] – Outline macro are not properly displayed

Improvement

  • [CQ-197] – Optimize release size

Bug squashing never stops! We’ve just got rid of some more of them:

Bug

  • [CQ-191] – Excellon parser incorrectly handles omitted zeroes
  • [CQ-192] – Incorrect board dimensions calculation
  • [CQ-193] – Incorrect default for Move height parameter in PP
  • [CQ-195] – Outline generation algorithm doesn't take into account drilling hole diameter

Improvement

  • [CQ-194] – Keep out area around locating pins