Friday, February 1, 2013

New Release

We're excited to release a new version of Modkit Micro and Modkit Link for all platforms (Web, Linux, Mac, Windows).  This release is nicknamed RC5 (for Release Candidate 5.) 

For Alpha Club members you can get the download links at http://modk.it/alpha and the public preview of Modkit Micro is at http://modk.it/micro/editor/

For the public preview, we're hosting Modkit Link downloads here until we update our homepage: Modkit Link for OSX 10.5+ | Modkit Link for Windows XP+ | Modkit Link for Linux

For the most part, you can follow the tutorial we posted back in December: http://blog.modk.it/2012/12/happy-holidays-modkit-micro-open-for-all.html  But we do want to highlight an important improvement to the board auto-detection.  In the previous tutorial we assumed you were using an Arduino Mega 2560 or Arduino Uno which should be autodetected right out of the box (assuming you preinstalled the drivers).  But what if you're using a different board?  In this example let's assume you're using a Lilypad sewable electronics kit and that you installed the FTDI driver from http://modk.it/download.


The first time you connect the board, it won't auto-detect so you'll need to "choose board from list." 


You can then pick your particular board from the growing list of supported boards.

You could then skip into the editor just to play around, but we'll choose "Setup Board Now." 

You'll be asked to unplug the board (including the FTDI cable since we're using a Lilypad.)

You'll then plug your board back in.  This helps Modkit determine which board you're configuring. 

You'll need to wait a bit for your board to be detected and stored on your computer. 

You may need to repeat these steps but if all goes well, you can launch into the Modkit Micro editor. 

The next time you open the editor, Modkit should auto-detect your board.  For further instructions please see our previous post: http://blog.modk.it/2012/12/happy-holidays-modkit-micro-open-for-all.html and as always, please leave us any feedback in the comments below.  If nothing else, just leave us a quick note with the board you're testing and how it all worked.