Different shades of grey for part legs


#1

It would be cool if different parts had legs in differing shades of grey so it’s easier to tell which legs belong to which component when they cross on bread- and strip-board.


#2

Shorten the leads to reduce crossing as much as possible. If component layout does not allow that, shorten the legs anyway, then add a wire from the leg to the actual connection point. You have control of the colour for wires. Plus wires can be made into curves instead of just straight lines. A little experimenting can make the layout easier to follow.

Internally, the color of the legs in the component graphic files is ‘fixed’ to a standard. I guess it would be possible to add an option in the code to override that for a placed component. I’ve never seen the need in the boards I have laid out. I don’t think I have ever even used the technique to use a wire to extend a leg. Adjusting component position and existing leg lengths have always been enough to keep things organized and clear.


#3

Using extra wires might be more reasonable in a breadboard but I want to plan my circuits before they go on strip board and I generally want them to be as small as possible which couldn’t be the case if I don’t compact the circuit as much as possible. It’s rare that I make anything where size is not a concern. I doubt this feature will ever get looked at since development isn’t happening much but I wanted to submit the suggestion anyway.


#4

This would be difficult to implement. There are a limited number of colors available and a vast combination of parts that would need different colors. The only way I can see making this work would be to be able to edit the color of a pin (which means changing the svg on the fly which isn’t currently possible AFAIK.) That said there is a project to redo fritizing as a web app in javascript and they may consider this when the project gets further along.

Peter