Not sure if anyone brought this up yet or not... I didn't see it while
skimming the other messages.

If you are needing odd shaped pads for surface mount, you should be able to
use a combination of multiple pads to create the shape you want.

This must be done in the component definition in the library editor, and
must be brought in through the netlist.

If you are just modifying a part to be used in one project you could create
a project library and modify this part there.

For each single pad 'set', the individual pads that it consists of should
all have the same pad designator.  eg.  if Pad 'set' 1 is actually composed
of 3 individual pads just designate them all as 1.  When the netlist is
loaded these should ALL receive the net name, as well as the masking for the
SM pads.

There is sometimes a strange issue associated with this(it may be gone, I
have not checked) that if one of these pads has the net, but the others do
not and then you re-load the netlist... the netlist loader will get confused
and basically toggle them...  it will remove the net from the pad that has
it, and add it to the pads that were NoNet.
So... when this is done, and netlist is to be reloaded make sure that for
each pad 'set' they either ALL have the net, or NONE have the net to make
sure it is assigned properly.

I hope that helps.
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