History of changes

List of changes between releases

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.

June 24, 2024


Changelog for Version 1.0.3

New Features and Enhancements
  • Finished implementation of subparts and fixed several related bugs.
  • Don't consider obsolete parts for swapping - Improved parts swapping logic to exclude obsolete components. (#4131)
  • Automatic terminal points (schematic) - Enhanced schematic view with automatic terminal points for easier design workflow. (#4130)
  • Find parts in sketch should prioritize exact matches, selections should keep internal order - Enhanced parts search functionality for better accuracy and usability. (#4117)
  • Detect routing database corruption - Added feature to detect and handle routing database corruption. (#3904)
  • New creator kit examples need language selection - Added language selection for new creator kit examples. (#2786)
Bug Fixes
  • File Save Operation Should Be Atomic to Prevent Data Loss and Corruption - Resolved critical issue ensuring atomic file save operations to prevent data loss and corruption. (#4148)
  • Custom part with family "Generic IC" doesn't flip correctly in schematic view - Fixed the issue where generic IC parts didn't flip correctly in the schematic view. (#4127)
  • Unable to place components in list mode - Resolved the bug preventing component placement in list mode. (#4123)
  • Fit to screen does not account for part labels - Fixed the issue where the fit-to-screen function did not consider part labels. (#4119)
  • Crash during simulation, from name collision - Resolved simulation crashes caused by name collisions. (#4116)
  • Undo loses part subpart labels - Fixed issue where undo operations would lose subpart labels. (#4115)
  • Ground fill keepout ignores stroke-width from group - Corrected ground fill keepout behavior to respect group stroke-width settings. (#4114)
  • Tooltip colors are so similar - Improved tooltip color differentiation for better readability. (#4109)
  • Fixed issue where modifying part parameters would clear the ground seed. (#4099)
  • Improved readability of hover text in dark mode. (#4093)
  • Fixed issue where copper fill would ignore hidden layers. (#4081)
  • Resolved multiple issues with schematic subparts. (#4073)
  • Low code menu readability (#4045)
  • In schematic right clicking then moving a label causes a jump in position - Fixed label position jump issue in schematic view. (#3895)
  • Half_breadboard.fzp is not created as a Breadboard object (#3873)
  • User IC (movable quad and dual opamp) parts lose ratsnest connections when moved to different board sides - Fixed issue with ratsnest connections being lost when moving user IC parts. (#3734)
  • Hole size and ring thickness cannot be set, decimal separator issue - Resolved high priority issue with setting hole size and ring thickness due to decimal separator problems. (#3080)
  • An alpha version for transitory simulation was added. This feature is not yet ready, but we included for those that already want to have a sneak peek at the current development. Start with the --debug option to activate it.
  • We thank our community for their invaluable feedback and contributions. Your support helps us improve with each release.

    January 02, 2024


    Fritzing 1.0.2 is a feature release. It has been tested on Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 22.04. It is designed to work on all Linux variants with glibc >= 2.31 (64 bit Intel/AMD).

    Changes since 1.0.1.
    Copper fill

    The Copper Fill algorithm is now vector based. This fixes a number of bugs along, especially with Ground Fills, most prominent the annoying horizontal gaps in the copper fill. It results in higher precision, and more predictable behavior. It also enables a number of Gerber improvements and new features for PCBs in the future. The old rasterized copper fill algorithm was kept available, so you may compare the two against each other.

    Fab upload

    Refactored fab upload. We can now send properties like width and height along with Gerber, IPC and BOM. At the same time this will shorten the development cycle when adding new features or fixing bugs.

    Data structure

    We've upgraded Fritzing's data management, fixing several issues that led to discrepancies between views, missed errors in Design Rule Checks, and invisible, uneditable 'ghost' connections in the netlist. To rectify these in existing sketches, a simple delete-and-undo action on the problematic elements will clear the bugs. These improvements, which affect numerous example projects, should result in more reliable and understandable behavior from Fritzing going forward.

    Testing infrastructure

    We've significantly enhanced automated testing, allowing us to conduct hundreds of Fritzing sessions every minute.

    Moved to Qt 6.5.3.

    Just the due maintenance.

    OS Requirements

    Minimum macOS Version is now Big Sur, before it was Catalina. Windows and Linux requirements didn't change, but Linux now must use OpenSSL 3, support for OpenSSL 1.2 was dropped)

    GitHub Issues

    In addition, with some overlap, the following issues on github were solved:

    • #4091 A sch wire does not snap to grid for existing wires
    • #4071 Breadboard view misaligned when directly opening a fzpz
    • #4077 Parts Editor crashes clicking on empty schematics
    • #4079 Undo often doesn't work for Bézier curvatures
    • #4035 Voltmeter is reading incorrect value when probe is disconnected
    • #4046 Text lost on Redo
    • #4093 Hover text for parts and connectors not readable in dark mode with Qt 6.5.3
    • #4083 Crash in LockManager
    • #4092 Double-clicking ratsnest lines creates ghost connections

    September 06, 2023


    This is a maintenance release.
    • Fixed a problem when creating a wire in schematic view (issue #4058)
    • Fixed a regression when entering coordinates (issue #4051)
    • Fixed several bugs that made the IPC export unusable (issue #4050)
    • Fixed broken mouse cursors when non-integer zoom settings are used on Windows (issue #4037)
    • Fixed an issue where undo actions did not remember wire traces width in some cases (issue #4036)
    • Fixed a bug that kept unused duplicate entries in Fritzing files (issue #4023)
    • Added a Warning when user try to order a PCB that has no copper fill
    • Fixed the "Copy and Paste in Place" command
    • Updated some translations
    • Improved support for SVGs with dashed lines, especially in the silk layer of PCB designs
    • Added a new shield example for the Arduino R4 WIFI board

    In most manufacturing processes, copper must be etched or otherwise removed. This uses acid and causes waste. To mitigate this, Fritzing will now advise users to incorporate copper fills in their designs before a PCB sent to the Fab.

    June 19, 2023


    Fritzing 1.0.0 is a major release. It has been tested on Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 22.04. It is designed to work on all Linux variants with glibc >= 2.31 (64 bit Intel/AMD).

    Changes since 0.9.10

    The simulator is now officially supported.

    UI improvements
    • Numerous dark mode compatibility fixes: Multimeter, DRC List, Inspector properties, Search line
    • Increased icon size
    • Rearranged Inspector, with flexible previews, supports scrolling
    • Support for pinch gestures, improved scroll wheel vs gesture zoom, use shift for fine control
    Part improvements

    Added SPICE data for RGB-LEDs and photo cells

    New Font OCR-Fritzing

    This font replaces the use of OCR-A. It adds Greek letters, diacritics, and other symbols, like á ä å à é ë è ç ṡ, €, Ω, µ, and ß. This way, it supports almost all European alphabets. Support for Cyrillic is planned.

    New IPC-D-356 export

    Export to IPC-D-356 has been added. This enables third parties to:

    • Verify the PCB correctness during production
    • Render 3D views of Fritzing projects
    Gerber export
    • Support for dashed rectangles.
    • Fixed broken fill logic, improved paste layers and outlines.
    • Ignores very small (micro-inch) and zero size drill holes
    • Uses fuzzy compare to avoid rectangles becoming polyline due to rounding errors
    • Stroke-width inheritance now also works without transformation
    • Fixed issue where paths were closed too early or split, causing very distorted rendering of some SVGs.

    Optionally, we recommend enabling gerber improvements in the preferences:

    • Fix G54 deprecation
    • Replace deprecated G90 G70 commands
    • Use 6 decimal resolution instead of 3 for gerber export
    Pick and place

    We have reworked the pick and place file export. We now use the suffix '.xy' for pick and place files. A 'mount' column was added to distinguish between through-hole and surface mount technology. The new format is 'RefDes, Value, Package, X, Y, Rotation, Side, Mount'. The gerbv tool understands this and can render pick and place information, along with drill holes and other PCB layers information.

    • Upgraded to Boost 1.81
    • Upgraded to ngspice-40
    • Upgraded to Qt 6.4.3
    • Upgraded to C++ 17

    French, German, Ukrainian, and Russian are now 100% translated again. Nearly complete translations include Bulgarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, and Romanian. Many improvements have been made to Spanish.

    Fixes and optimizations
    • Avoid rendering slowdown from zooming out
    • Speed up perfboard resize
    • Fixed MacOS "pop-under" effect where new windows are not opened on top
    • Fixed coordinate calculation showing item position in Inspector
    • No longer steals mouse wheel events from Inspector
    • Prevent creating ghost parts from racing conditions
    • Prevent creating ghost connections on arrow movements
    • Update wires and rats nest when rotating parts
    • Fixed issue that led to exporting empty SVG files
    • No longer distort labels and logos due to coarse rounding of ratio
    GitHub Issues
    In addition, with some overlap, the following issues on github were solved.
    • ✅ #1158 syntax highlighting: highlight numbers, handle escape-string-delimiter in strings
    • ✅ #1352 Copy and Paste in breadboard view doesn't echo well in other views
    • ✅ #1417 Label position not retained during SMD swap
    • ✅ #1431 Changing a part's properties very fast causes copies of the part
    • ✅ #1490 after swap, in pcb view, part is not automatically placed on the board
    • ✅ #1997 Restoring a component does not restore label properties
    • ✅ #2194 ratsnest in schematic view not updated after labeling a IC pin and IC changes size
    • ✅ #2554 lock flag is preserved when parts are duplicated
    • ✅ #2625 pin spacing selection for long pad form of headers
    • ✅ #2715 Moving parts with arrow keys is reversed when viewing PCB from below.
    • ✅ #2765 holes without copper should not appear in copper top (or bottom) pdf
    • ✅ #2772 Fail with multiple transforms
    • ✅ #2842 hole part with zero hole diameter should not have a drill hole when exported to gerber
    • ✅ #2865 generic dip with apostrophe in the pin label
    • ✅ #3006 Connectors with with 4-Wires at node highlight but dont move together
    • ✅ #3021 locking 2 connected parts in PCB view problem
    • ✅ #3080 hole size and ring thickness cannot be set, decimal separator issue
    • ✅ #3180 ICs shifted and disconnected upon load
    • ✅ #3186 SVG export reverses/flips the text
    • ✅ #3212 Silkscreen export doesn't include labels
    • ✅ #3235 Mystery part's wire connection display broken after flip or rotation.
    • ✅ #3300 Ampersand (&) in pin label rendering incorrectly in the schematic view
    • ✅ #3414 set board size mixing up wires :D
    • ✅ #3610 setting property "editable pin labels" to "true" results in incorrect representation of schematic graphic
    • ✅ #3625 pcb export always uses 'view from above'
    • ✅ #3632 Move part to back does nothing, or does the wrong thing
    • ✅ #3639 Placement is imprecise / rounds input
    • ✅ #3642 horizontal flipped net label exporting to svg offset from label box
    • ✅ #3680 Activate drawing connections on perfboard as it is on stripboard
    • ✅ #3681 Wire in schematic view disapears (can be reproduced)
    • ✅ #3695 Pad Connection location not saving
    • ✅ #3720 IC pin labels lost on any change to part properties. Undo doesn't work, #2336 edited pin labels lost in schematic view when changing the layer of a generic IC
    • ✅ #3735 Changing Package resets position of lable in schematic view
    • ✅ #3740 moving a parts leg in breadboard view breaks connection in schematic view
    • ✅ #3761 schematic frame component is not scaling
    • ✅ #3804 Increase size of items in components and inspector
    • ✅ #3849 PCB export as image is using white instead of black as silkscreen output
    • ✅ #3892 Import a TIF on silklayer
    • ✅ #3911 Put labels on same side as copper for SMD resistors
    • ✅ #3923 Ground fill seed selector does not
    • ✅ #3932 Copper fill is not complete in combination with curved traces
    • ✅ #3941 Text partially missing in schematic view
    • ✅ #3950 Provide more information about why a custom part cannot be loaded
    • ✅ #3983 Simulation error
    • ✅ #3985 Capital Z in SVG path prevents cutout detection
    • ✅ #4009 Reading Voltage Impossible?

    May 22, 2022


    Maintenance release

    Fritzing 0.9.10 is a maintenance release.

    We tested it for Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS Big Sur, macOS Montery, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04

    It is also supposed to work on Windows 8, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and Linux variants with glibc >= 2.27 (64 bit Intel/AMD)

    Build 2134
    Silent release: Build 2134 fixes issue #3959, which was a regression introduced in Builds 1801 and 1807.
    Changes since 0.9.9
    • Add Japanese translation
    • Hidden beta version of a simulator
    • Support image export in higher resolution
    • Update translations for Bulgarian, Czech, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
    • Fix #3943
    • Fix #3931
    • Fix #3895
    • Fix #3880
    • Fix #3868 , #3820
    • Fix #3863
    • Fix #3850
    • Fix #3830
    • Fix #3825
    • Fix #3738, #3602, #1869
    • Fix #3715, #684
    • Fix #3632, #3627, #3109
    • Fix #3629
    • Fix #3559
    • Fix #2669, #1326
    • Fix #2583, #2675
    New parts
    • Several voltage regulators
    • Grove Beginner Kit
    • TDK Ultrasonic sensor module
    • Amica NodeMCU
    • About 90 parts received minor fixes

    February 22, 2021


    Maintenance release

    Fritzing 0.9.6 is a maintenance release.

    We tested it for Windows 10, macOS Catalina, macOS BigSur, and Ubuntu 20.04.


    We added and improved the install procedure of Fritzing. Windows and Mac versions are now signed and certified. No "unknown developer" warnings anymore!

    • Bump up Qt versions
    • Ground fill is connected only to the lower side #2186
    • The routing status algorithm needs to handle the part to part connections (LED in an Arduino for example). Fixes #2685
    • Export to PNG does not update until restart#3073
    • Fill image with the background before exporting, fixes #3261
    • crash when both, bus and subpart in the same part #3329
    • Override system color for notes. Fixes #3530
    • Gerber rendering moves and skips nodes in board outline #3537
    • Crash when editing connector highlight colors #3566
    • No ‘routing complete’ message when no wires used to connect parts #3579
    • Override system color for parts bin list #3600
    • Two parts connected via breadboard don’t route #3616
    • font-size px is the same as user coordinates and can be ignored #3619
    • design rules check not seeing all of the copper for specific part #3647
    • If the property is empty, take the default one. Fixes #3648
    • White note text #3657
    • Dashed line is gone in breadboard view after moving element #3683
    • Gerber export missing and moving some custom PCB cutouts #3686
    • A typo in german translation #3694
    • Finish pending move operation before deleting an item. Fixes issue #3697
    • Ignore breadboard and schema wires when setting PCB layer count #3699
    • Deselect all items before exporting an image to PNG or JPG. Fixes #3712
    • Export PNG without selection rectangles #3712
    • 2.2mF capacitor #3713
    • Fritzing 0.9.4 crashes on macOS Catalina 10.15.7 #3747
    • Export as image, toggled layers not honored #3771
    • Fix the number of allowed digits within the resistor regex
    • Fix bug that prevented trace width for autorouter to be remembered
    • Fix SVG path element parse and matching of extra graphics to PCB connector pad
    • Fix broken duplicated network calls
    • Fix nullptr dereference
    • Workaround: show a white icon instead of nullptr crash
    • Fix crash when SVG file was not found

    Updated translations

    The following translations have received some care - German - Italian - Portuguese - Russian - Spanish - Ukrainian

    Big thanks to developers

    Joshua Scoggins, H. Phil Duby, and A. Faina!

    June 02, 2016


    Continuously updated parts library

    The Fritzing parts library is now stored online at github and is automatically checked for updates. This means you will now get new parts (or fixes) in the moment when they are created. No need to wait for the next Fritzing release anymore!

    Critical bug fix for messed up PCB traces

    We have been plagued by an annoying bug that occasionally caused PCB traces to get loose and flip around. It has been tricky to track down but it's finally fixed, sigh.. Plus, the fix will recover any files that have been mangled by this bug!

    High-DPI display support

    Fritzing now looks properly on High-DPI (aka Retina) displays on all platforms. It's not really high-res but scaling well according to the higher screen resolution.

    Easier handling of self-created parts

    Custom / self-made parts and bins used to be stored in a hidden location on your hard drive, which made it really annoying to edit them with an external tool such as Illustrator or a text editor.
    They are now conveniently located in your ~/Documents/Fritzing folder for easy access!

    Load/Save uncompressed fritzing files (.fz)

    You can now alternatively save your fritzing sketches as an uncompressed set of files (.fz plus additional custom parts etc). This allows for proper versioning with systems like git or svn. Thanks to Sergio Oller (zeehio) for this contribution.

    File icons

    fzz, fzb, fzp, etc. now also have shiny file icons on Mac (thanks to scribblemaniac) and Ubuntu Linux (thanks to el-j - for the latter you have to run the install-fritzing.sh script)

    New Parts

    Added and/or revised by Fabian Althaus (el-j):

    New/updated Translations
    • Czech, thanks to Vasekdvor
    • German, thanks to Atalanttore and aknoerig
    • Italian, thanks to Gianpaolo Macario
    • Polish, thanks to jacekjaros
    • Portuguese, thanks to Bruno Ramalhete
    • Spanish, thanks to bazza
    • Turkish, thanks to Kaan Özdinçer
    • Vietnamese, thanks to Duyệt Đinh Xuân

    ..and various smaller improvements and fixes, including contributions from Duane Johnson, Luke Benstead, Nicolas Raynaud, scribblemaniac and duff2013. Thanks!