Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Public Beta Preview Launched


We just launched our Public Beta Preview release.  If you're on a Mac you can download the companion desktop widget to start programming your Arduino Uno or Duemilanove right away.  We're working hard to release the Windows version but in the meantime, you can go ahead and try the online editor and let us know what you think.

14 comments:

  1. I just read the article about this in the latest issue of Make Magazine 25. I'm really excited to see this project grow. This is exactly what I've been looking for to get my students started. I know this project will open a lot of doors for people wanting to get into the world of Arduino. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!

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  2. Thanks Matt. Glad you enjoyed the article. We're excited to see what your students do with Modkit!

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  3. Totally understand about the Windows delay - I've got plenty to keep me busy until you get it released, but definitely looking forward to experimenting with it - I, too, have some very interesting plans for Modkit and kids...

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  4. the one thing i am wondering about will it work without an internet connection,

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  5. This version is internet based. We will soon be testing the offline version with the Kickstarter pledgers who helped support its development. We had many people wishing to pledge after the Kickstarter campaign so we may do something like that again if you're interested in being one of the first to try the offline version.

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  7. will you take a small donation over paypal say 10cdn, i am starting to donate a little to much this month

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  8. I can't wait to see Modkit up and running! As a future teacher of technology I can see that this is going to be a very helpful tool. If there is any way I can help with the progress of your project let me know!

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  9. Does the MacOS version of the online "editor preview" work? The "code" menu next to "Blocks" is always greyed out and I cannot get rid of Knobcard+Arduino setup. Can I write my own code in the Beta version such as a simple blinking LED on Pin 13 or this version is limited to Knobcard only?

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  10. Hi All,

    We'll do another post tomorrow but the Windows version if the desktop widget is now available for download.

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  11. Hi Mike,

    While this preview is meant to compliment the article showing how to make a CrimpCard in issue 25 of Make Magazine, and has a hardware setup preconfigured for the CrimpCard, you can also set other pins (including pin 13) to input or output by using the pinMode block in the setup tab.

    As Modkit alpha testers know, they have long been able to set pins graphically. Expect this with a more general preview release later this week. And the code view has also been disabled purposefully. We're currently focusing on some inevitable install issues before releasing all the advanced features.

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  12. Great timing! I am just launching a 5th grade afterschool program. Scratch and Modkit will be a great combination! Hoping for 22 kids fired up about technology.

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  13. I just read about this in Make Magazine. Great project! I'm looking forward to expanded support. I have pop-bot (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9501) and would like my children to be able to write their own control programs for it.

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  14. So I'm guessing since this is in beta still we can't go beyond the 3 LED layout? I tried connecting a forth LED and the modkit editor wouldn't read my arduino.

    Either way, this is an awesome project. I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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