I find the one big footprint library very cumbersome. Has anyone broken theirs down into sub categories, ie; resistors, capacitors, ic's, etc..... If so are there any special constraints for the directory structure?
Do the padstacks need to be resident in the footprint library directory, or can I have a padstacks directory seperate from the footprints?
I would think I'd have to do something with the paths in order to make Editor locate the new sub directories, right?
Yes you can have sub directories but they all need to be listed in the psmpath setting, You can also have a padstacks folder that can be different - hence the padpath setting. The only thing you need to do is keep the dra and *.sm file together (a recommendation).
When the tools look for a symbol they start at the top of the psmpath list and work down the list until it finds the relevant symbol name. This means that you have to make sure you don't have duplicates in the folder that you use because it will use the first one it finds...