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README file for FidoCadJ Copyright 2007-2013 by Davide Bucci ---------------- 1 - Introduction ---------------- FidoCadJ is a very easy to use editor, with a vast library of electrical symbols and footprints (through hole and SMD). Its drawings can be exported in several graphic formats (PDF, EPS, PGF for LaTeX, SVG, PNG, JPG). Even if it is very simple and somewhat limited, FidoCadJ can be very useful as a basic schematic capture and electronic design automation (EDA) software. FidoCadJ is inspired from FidoCAD (without "J"), which was a vector graphic editor useful for electrical schematics and printed circuit boards. FidoCAD used a file format containing UTF-8 text, very compact and perfect for copy and pasting from/into newsgroups and forum messages. This determined its success among the italian Usenet community and forums, from late '90s, as it is quite versatile for simple mechanical drawings as well. FidoCadJ is the modern successor of FidoCAD. No netlist concept lies behind the drawings, so there is all the graphical flexibility that a vector drawing software can offer (but no simulation). FidoCadJ is internationalized and its manual is available in English, French, Italian and Chinese translations. The user interface has been translated into English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Czech. Here are a few useful sites about FidoCadJ: http://tinyurl.com/yavewp2 http://sourceforge.net/projects/fidocadj/ If you own a PC running Linux or Windows (or any system supporting Java), you may download from the SourceForge repository the file fidocadj.jar. If Java is correctly installed on your machine, you may just double click on it to run FidoCadJ. If you are a command line wizard, you may go to the directory where the file fidocadj.jar has been saved and type: java -jar fidocadj.jar If you use Windows, you might find useful using the classical installer contained in the FidoCadJ_Windows.exe file. If you run it, it will install FidoCadJ on your system and you can launch it via the Start menu. If you own an Apple Macintosh with MacOSX, you may download the FidoCadJ.app bundle and treat it just like any other native application. Since Apple does not seem to be very much prone to support Java, if you experience some problems running FidoCadJ, please check you do have a Java runtime correctly installed on your Mac. This is particularly true if you are using the MacOSX Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks operating system. Normally, you will have to download the Java runtime in a few clicks. We tried our best, but the situation in 2007 was different from the actual one and Apple used to welcome Java developers back then... Remember that if there is a Greek letter after the version number of FidoCadJ, this means that you are using a preliminary version of this program. Basically, you are warned: those versions may be unstable! ---------------------------------------------- 2 - Files contained in the source distribution ---------------------------------------------- In the following table you find a description of the trunk directory of FidoCadJ source files. You may download the complete source repository by using svn from the SourceForge repository. Check out the SF documentation for doing this: https://sourceforge.net/p/fidocadj/code/HEAD/tree/6 File Comments ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- README This file bin/ DIR Contains all the compiled classes and resources busy being born/ DIR Contains screenshots of old versions of FidoCadJ clean erases all the compiled classes cleanall do a clean, erases fidocadj.jar, Javadocs compile compile FidoCadJ count do a wc (word count!) on all Java source files createdoc run Javadoc on all source files createjar prepare fidocadj.jar doc contains all Javadoc produced HTML files gpl-3.0.txt the GNU public licence v. 3 icons/ DIR contains all icons (made with Gimp) jar/ DIR contains fidocadj.jar as well as Quaqua OSes/ DIR contains files specific for some OS manual/ DIR all the LaTeX manuals sources profile launch a profiler (jip) rebuild do a clean and then runs FidoCadJ run run FidoCadJ src/ DIR contains all the Java source files exclude_from_svn excludes all binary generated files from svn sign.sh creates the signature for the applet test/ DIR automatic tests for FidoCadJ ----------------------------------------------------- 3 - Instructions about compiling and running FidoCadJ ----------------------------------------------------- Ok, you just checkout from SourceForge SVN the FidoCadJ source files. Good :-) FidoCadJ is a pure Java project, and for many reasons I prefer using a good text editor as well as a few command line scripts, in order to compile and run the code on which I am working. You will thus find in the trunk directory (see section 2 of this file) several scripts which will be useful for you, especially if you are working in an Unix-like environment. If you prefer using some kind of IDE such as Eclipse, you may try, but I do not provide assistance about it and I will always refer to the scripts I wrote. And no, I will not change my habits, sorry :-) 3.1 Compile and run the sources on a MacOSX operating system (>=1.4.11) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- If you are using MacOSX, just open up a terminal window, go into the fidocadj/trunk directory and type: ./rebuild mac FidoCadJ should be automatically compiled and launched. You can use the following script to create a jar archive in the jar/ directory: ./createjar 3.2 Compile and run the sources on an Unix system ------------------------------------------------- FidoCadJ can be compiled on an Unix system by using the following command into the fidocadj/trunk directory: ./rebuild FidoCadJ should compile and run. You can use the following script to create a jar archive in the jar/ directory: ./createjar 3.3 Compile and run the sources on an Windows system ---------------------------------------------------- The provided scripts do not work on Microsoft Windows. You should handle manually the compilation with the following command, from fidocadj\trunk: javac -g -O -sourcepath src -classpath bin -source 1.5 -target 1.5 .\src\FidoMain.java -d bin to launch the compiled program, you should type: java -classpath .\bin;.\jar;.\jar\ FidoMain FidoCadJ should start. 3.4 Coding conventions ---------------------- The following coding conventions have been applied for the FidoCadJ source code: - the code should be compatible with Java 1.5 - tab set to 4 spaces - blocks delimited by curly braces are indented as follows: for(i=0; i<10; ++i) { // starting brace here // indented code (4 spaces) System.out.println("I counted up to "+i); } // close brace here at the same level of the 'for' - methods are indented as follows: void dummy (int i, int j) { // put the starting brace here System.out.println("Indent code"); } // put the closing brace here - the class names always start with a capital letter, and so does methods - variables never start with a capital letter - an instance of the class does have its first letter in lower case - public classes and methods should be documented with Javadoc syntax - no lines longer than 80 characters - commits should not break the build - each commit *MUST* include a log - predilect simplicity to unnecessary complication - predilect quality to quantity - discuss what you want to do BEFORE start coding 3.5 Automatic tests ------------------- To ease the maintain of a certain degree of quality control when working on the source code, the FidoCadJ source repository comes with a number of automatic tests scripts contained in the directory test/. You may launch all the tests by using the script all_tests.sh contained in this directory, or you may run the tests individually by browsing the sub-directories containing them. The program is called by using the fidocadj.jar archive which must be contained in the jar/ directory. Ensure that this archive is updated with the ./createjar script before launching any test. The following table briefly describes the provided tests: Test Comments --------------------------------------------------------------------------- test/all_test.sh Run all the available tests. test/export/test_export.sh Test the export on all available file formats. A set of reference files is provided, so it might be updated if differences on the export are introduced by purpose. If a test is failed, this tells just that the exported file is not identical to the model which has been used. You may have a look at the log file and at the result of the export. You may decide that it is ok. test/messages/test_messages.sh Test the coherence of all installed interface languages against the reference (which is the italian resource file!) test/size/test_size.sh Test if the size calculated for all elements is the same as the one stored as a reference. Any change to the way the size is calculated will invalidate the test if the size is invalid. Note that the way those tests are written, they compare the results of an operation involving FidoCadJ with a reference. In some cases, the reference can be improved or updated. In other cases, the differences might just contain un-meaningful data (such as version numbers and so on). The test may fail in this case, even if the results are correct and acceptable. ---------------- 4 - Help wanted! ---------------- I am seeking for people interested in participating to the FidoCadJ project. If you spot a typo (I am not a native English speaker), or an error in the manual or in the program, any correction is very welcome. I will be very happy to know what do you think about FidoCadJ. I would be glad to receive some help: if you know Java and you want to work on the source code you will be welcome. If your Java coding is not fluent, you can participate to the project by improving the manuals or translating the interface, or just giving an advice. Feel free to contact me at davbucciNOPE@tiscali.it, or in the SourceForge forums (the email address is valid without the nope part, but no attachments, please). It is probably better to open a discussion in the SourceForge forums, in order that the work can eventually be shared and organized between all developers: http://sourceforge.net/p/fidocadj/discussion/997486/ 4.1 "I want to translate FidoCadJ in my language" ------------------------------------------------- FidoCadJ is written in such a way that translating its interface is particularly easy and does not need any programming skill. If you have downloaded the source file repository, you should find the interface resource files in the trunk/bin directory. A language resource file has the name MessagesBundle_xx.properties, where xx is the code for the language to which the translation is targeted. Language code should follow ISO 639-1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes If you have a look at the beginning of the file trunk/bin/MessagesBundle_en.properties, you should read something as follow: File = File New = New Open = Open file Save = Save SaveName = Save as... Export = Export Print = Print Close = Close ... The resources strings are organized in the form key = value. For example, here is the head of the corresponding file for the interface in French, in the file trunk/bin/MessagesBundle_fr.properties File = Fichier New = Nouveau dessin Open = Ouvre un fichier Save = Enregistrer SaveName = Enregistrer sous un autre nom Export = Exporter Print = Impression Close = Fermer ... That is all. If you want to translate FidoCadJ in your language, you just have to translate line by line the values in a language resource file, name it accordingly to your locale and place it in the trunk/bin directory. Pay attention that sometimes there are spaces at the end of the value strings which need to be kept in place. You may be careful about always providing complete files, since if a resource is missing, FidoCadJ can abort. 4.2 "I would like to participate to the coding activity" -------------------------------------------------------- This is very nice from you. We will be happy for that. You can manifest yourself on the SourceForum forums dedicated to FidoCadJ and declare what are your skills and basically what you would like to do. We will discuss a little in order to see if we can find an intersection between what you can do with the FidoCadJ development strategy. The idea is to keep the work a little bit organized and to know who does what. Have a peek to section 3.3 of this README file to see what coding style should be applied to the sources. Apart from that, FidoCadJ is GPL v.3 and this means that if you have the mood for, you can download with SVN the source files and play *as you want* with them. But keep in mind that if you want your contributions be included in the FidoCadJ main stream, you MUST keep in touch with us in the SF forums and you must discuss about what are you willing to do. Once you decide what you want to do, you can run the Javadoc utility in order to get a HTML description of all classes used in FidoCadJ. You will find that useful to understand the underpinnings of the program. To do that, you can run the trunk/createdoc.sh script, if you are in a Unix system. Then comes the hard work... We can help you! Please come to the SourceForge forums dedicated to FidoCadJ! 4.3 Things to do ---------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Review on SourceForge or OhLoh It is important that the users and developers of FidoCadJ understand what is good and what is bad in their favorite software. Do not be shy to review FidoCadJ on SourceForge or OhLoh! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Translate user interface Everything is done on FidoCadJ to make it easy to translate its interface in any language. You can significatively contribute to the spread of FidoCadJ in your country! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Translate manual This is an hard work, but it will be very welcomed by the users of your country. You will probably need an idea on how LaTeX works. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- YouTube video tutorial I will put on the FidoCadJ's page a link to the best video tutorials about FidoCadJ on YouTube. Why don't you give it a try? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report bugs Use the bug and artifact tracking system of SourceForge or drop me an email. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Export in Gerber format Exporting in graphical vector formats is easy with FidoCadJ. If you want to add a file format you just need to know it and implement a Java interface. Gerber is highly requested by people working on PCBs. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Export in WMF/EMF formats WMF/EMF are widely used in Windows and they may be useful for including drawings in vector format in Microsoft Word or Power Point. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Linux packaging FidoCadJ could be distributed as a deb or a RPM package. Can you prepare one? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- 5 - I found a bug... -------------------- Every program contains bugs and FidoCadJ is not an exception. Even if all the people involved in the development of FidoCadJ pay a lot of attention at each release, some details could just go unnoticed. If you ar familiar with the SourceForge interface, do not hesitate to fill a bug report at the following address: https://sourceforge.net/p/fidocadj/bugs/ If you feel uncomfortable with the SourceForge system, please drop a few lines to davbucciNOPE@tiscali.it ------------------- 6 - Acknowledgments ------------------- Code: Davide Bucci, josmil1, phylum2, Kohta Ozaki Beta testers: Stefano Martini, F. Bertolazzi, Emanuele Baggetta, Celsius, Andrea D'Amore, Olaf Marzocchi, Werner Randelshofer, Zeno Martini, Electrodomus, IsidoroKZ, Gustavo, Kagliostro ... and many others! Translations: Davide Bucci (it, en, fr), Pasu (en), Olaf Marzocchi (ge), Geo Cherchetout (fr), androu1 (es), sbcne (es), Miles Qin "qhg007" (zh), DirtyDeeds (en), chokewood (nl), Kohta Ozaki (ja), Chemik582 (cs) Libraries: Lorenzo Lutti, Fabrizio Mileto, DirtyDeeds, Electrodomus, IHRaM group Code snippets included in FidoCadJ: http://www.centerkey.com/java/browser/ http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~lambert/splines/natcubic.html http://jroller.com/santhosh/entry/enhanced_scrolling_in_swing http://www.thoughtsabout.net/blog/archives/000044.html http://www.javareference.com/jrexamples/viewexample.jsp?id=99 http://elliotth.blogspot.com/2004/09/cocoa-like-search-field-for-java.html http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3775694/deleting-folder-from-java When possible, the authors of the snippets have been contacted to gain explicit permission of using the code in an open source project. If you own the copyright of some of the reused code and you do not agree on the use done in the FidoCadJ project, contact us via the SourceForge forum and we will remove the offending code as fast as we can. ------------- 7 - Licensing ------------- FidoCadJ is distributed with the GPL v. 3 license: FidoCadJ is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. FidoCadJ is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with FidoCadJ. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
Source: README, updated 2013-11-04