KiCAD – Creating a custom component with the same name as an existing component

Short Answer – change the name to be unique!

Long Answer – I was creating my own version of the 74HC595 shift register in KiCad and named it exactly that. When adding it to my own library, and using it in my schema, it kept showing me the stock version. So the fix to this was to right-click on the name in the component editor and change it to something else – “MY74HC595” and save. Hey presto! Problem solved 🙂

Load in and Animate content with JQuery

I found out how to load and animate content using this excellent tutorial from But I wanted to take it one step further and also show the currently active link highlighted in the menu bar which took a bit of effort.

The full working sample can be downloaded from here.

Here’s the final version of the javascript:


var hash = window.location.hash.substr(1);
var href = $(‘#nav li a’).each(function(){
var href = $(this).attr(‘href’);
var toLoad = hash+’.html #content’;

$(“.nav li a”).click(function(e){

var toLoad = $(this).attr(‘href’)+’ #content’;

var clickedMenuItem = $(this);//Store whatever you clicked over here

var currentMenuItem = $(this);//This is where you’ll store whatever is currently selected (in the next step)

$(“.nav li a”).each(function(){
currentMenuItem = $(this);//If it is active then set that to the currentMenuItem
return false;//Break out of the each() loop (
return true;//Just to get rid of the warning “Function doesn’t always return a value”
//Change animations to slideUp and slideDown to get the sliding animation
$(“#content”).load(toLoad, function(){

window.location.hash = $(this).attr(‘href’).substr(0,$(this).attr(‘href’).length-5);
currentMenuItem.removeClass(“active”);//First remove and then add in case the same link is clicked