I am making a number of parts including some Arduino shields. A question has come to light for some of these parts:
Nearly all Fritzing parts seem to have PCB view connectors. But when the part is a pre-made board itself, are these not useless? For example, lets say you want to create a small PCB circuit that is driven from an Arduino. You want the 'duino to appear in schematic and breadboard view (your building a prototype first). As soon as you add the Arduino you get a large number of PCB holes on a nice silkscreen image shape representing the Arduino added to your PCB view. However, you are not actually going to make that board; you obviously have it already. Also, every connection from a connector on your board to the Arduino then registers in PCB view as needing routing. Would it not be better to have the Arduino part NOT appear at all in PCB view?
Another such example is off-board connectors, e.g. female header connectors plugging onto male header pins. If the female connectors include PCB connector holes, you then have extra ones for every connector. Surely, just the male headers in this case should have the PCB holes.
Please let me know what you think.