We’re happy to announce the release of a new fritzing version! It comes with a bunch of improvements on the inside and outside. Here’s the scoop:
Upgrade to Qt5
Fritzing is written on top the Qt cross-platform application framework. We have upgraded to their latest version Qt5, which brings stability and speed improvements (especially for Mac OS X users). This also enables us to port fritzing to Android, iOS, etc. – that is, in theory. We still need to give that a try. Thanks to Jonathan and contributor Rohan Lloyd!
Major part family additions
This release brings a number of new parts, especially a number of popular microcontrollers, as the result of several collaboration efforts:
- ADI analog parts, which make use of split schematics and SPICE output, a new feature sponsored by Analog Devices we will write more about soon
- Intel Galileo, sponsored by Intel Education
- Arduino Yún, supported by Arduino
- Linino One, sponsored by doghunter
- ChipKIT WF32, MX4 and shields, thanks to Digilent (more to come)
- Spark Core, thanks to spark community member technobly
- Atlas Scientific sensors, thanks to Atlas Scientific
- more Raspberry Pi versions (A, B, B rev2)
- Teensy 3.0/3.1, because we love it
- several contributed parts, thanks to FrodeLillerud and others
In addition, there are several new PCB shapes for Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo, SparkCore that will make your boards look cooler. Here’s a snapshot of the Intel Galileo shield in action for the Data Monster: Finally, the usual set of bugfixes, and nicely updated translations: French (thanks to Arnold Dumas!), German (thanks to atalanttore!), Ukrainian (thanks to netavek!).
Download Fritzing 0.9.0b here. And while you’re at it, kindly consider donating. Thanks!
Good news! We have updated the Fritzing website and made it look nice and shiny. And even better: You can now also check out the brand new Fritzing 0.8.5b, released on Dez. 15, 2013.
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Here is a list of changes to the new release:
- Fritzing gets a facelift! (special thanks to Christian and Fabian)
- new Welcome view
- new Fritzing Creator Kit examples (in both English and German)
- Tips and Tricks updated
- First Time Help now a separate dialog
- binaries built using Qt 4.8.5
- updated Dutch translation (thanks Dave)
- updated German translation
- new parts:
- Breadboard BB 301 (contributed by Jeremy)
- RGB LED WS2812
- bug fixes:
- Mac OSX Mavericks Parts Bin Hover crash
- Saving files with custom parts: sometimes the fzp did not list the latest svg files
- Boost 1.54 bug no longer crashes Fritzing
- Many part tweaks
This is a high-level summary of changes between each release. If you’re interested in the detailed changes, take a look at the individual code changes.
We have some exciting news for our beloved fab service users!
- Finally you get a black silkscreen on both sides of your boards for no extra cost! PCBs with submitted top and bottom silkscreen layers will be fabbed with both layers, as simple as that! By the way since release 0.8.0 you can flip your board in PCB view and work on the bottom layer copper and silkscreen as if you had the board in your hand.
- We dropped the tracked post shipping in Europe and rest of the world because it was too slow and the tracking was inefficient. Instead, you will be able to choose between UPS Standard, which is much faster, insured and trackable in real time, and UPS Express for your shipments in Europe. Customers outside of Europe will be able to choose the very affordable but untracked and slow traditional postal shipping or the 48h Express shipping service. Check out our pricing page for the new fees.
- We added a "Billing Address" field to your order page for the people who need to have their orders shipped to a different address than the billing address.
By popular demand, the RadioShack 276-150 stripboard has been added to release 0.8.1. However, you won’t find it as a separate part in the Parts Bin. To access it, drag-and-drop the regular stripboard part into your sketch, then find the ‘layouts’ drop-down in the Inspector and select the 276-150 option.
This may seem a little indirect, but here is the logic: our stripboard strips now run both horizontally and vertically (before they ran only horizontally). This means it’s now possible to cut/uncut strips into arrangements which we call layouts. The 276-150 is one of these layouts, but since we have had so many requests for it, we decided to “store” the layout with Fritzing so people don’t have to make it from scratch each time.
It would be easy to store other layouts with Fritzing. If you have a favorite stripboard layout that you think people would like to use, make the layout on a stripboard in a Fritzing sketch, and email the resulting file to info:at: fritzing :dot: org. In the email, tell us what part you’ve represented or why the layout is so useful. You may see that layout in a subsequent release of Fritzing.
– Your Fritzing Team
Well, almost 1000–certainly 900+. The image above is just a small fraction of the set of new parts available in Fritzing 0.8.1. The parts all come originally from the open source SparkFun Eagle Library (thank you SparkFun!) and the conversion was carried out partly by program, and partly by hand. You can thank our illustrator Fabian for so many beautiful breadboard view images. This new heatsink is one of my favorites:
Originally we intended to ship these parts with a new Parts Bin UI to make it easier to navigate through them all. Alas, the Fritzing project being perpetually undermanned–and the demand for these parts being so high–we decided to put off the UI work until later. So the new parts simply arrive in nine shiny new Parts Bin containers, with nine new tabs to click in the Parts Bin window. Another shortcoming is that the new parts have not been completely integrated (from a database point-of-view), so part-swapping is mostly not possible between core parts and the new parts.
But we have a good workaround for these missing features. The Parts Bin search function (the topmost tab in the Parts Bin window) is quite effective for finding parts, especially since we have added a new ‘and’ search. Just separate the terms with spaces; the image below shows an ‘and’ search for parts matching both ‘db’ and ‘25’.
The other goal we didn’t reach in this release was to enforce a single schematic-view image standard (based on a 0.1 inch grid), instead of the current hodge-podge (the majority based on a 7.5mm grid). The new parts all use the new standard, and we plan to convert the rest of the core parts in the next release or so. In the image below, examples from the old ‘standard’ are on the left, examples of the the new standard are on the right (the image is zoomed to 200%).
Despite the work we left unfinished, the addition of a thousand new parts is quite a big step forward for Fritzing. We hope you find these parts as useful as we already have.
– Your Fritzing Team