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ROBOTC for Cortex and PIC 2.25 released!

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The Robotics Academy is happy to announce the release of ROBOTC for Cortex 2.25.

We’ve made lots of changes in ROBOTC from 2.20 to 2.25. We’re continuing to improve ROBOTC with the Cortex system. This new version is fully compatible with the VEX Cortex and the VEX PIC systems, along with the VEXnet upgrade system for the VEX PIC.

Click here to download the latest version

Firmware Downloader Built-In: Firmware Download for ROBOTC Firmware, Cortex Master Firmware and VEXnet Joystick Firmware built into ROBOTC now!

Download Method Chooser: Easier to choose how you want to download your program. Always defaults to VEXnet and USB, but you can manually choose to disable VEXnet and download over USB only.

Quick Preferences: This allows you to set key preferences with only the click of a button. Make ROBOTC work the way you want it to!

Other New Features and Bug Fixes:

  1. Build is able to program both PIC and Cortex platforms successfully.
  2. “Auto save” before compile was broken.
  3. “Previous Platform Type” was not being correctly saved into Windows Registry.
  4. Add code to handle “Device Removal” and “Device Acquire” without long hangs of application.
  5. Added a flag to Preferences -> Internal” to indicate whether firmware downloading should be read verified.
  6. Fix “Priority” column in “Task Status” debugger pane. It was not properly displaying.
  7. Move “Debug Stream” from Super-User to “Expert” menu.
  8. Add a 250 millisecond delay after telling Cortex to enter download mode before attempting the autobaud sequence.
  9. VEX Cortex Integrated Master Firmware Loader inside of ROBOTC.
  10. Add support for run-time strings in the VEX LCD display routines.
  11. Fix conlict between Digital pin 4 and 10. They both share the same external interrupt index and it was possible to hang the Cortex. Fix makes both pins work correctly — previously pin 10 was not working — for external interrupts. But the hardware prevents supporting sensors that require external interrupts on both pins at once.

Written by Vu Nguyen

September 2nd, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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ROBOTC for Mindstorms 2.16.1 Beta Released – Now with Color Sensor Support!

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The ROBOTC dev team has worked hard to push this new release out. If you didn’t see in the title, this release supports the Color Sensor!

Click here to go to the download page, Under the BETA releases

See below for the list of changes…

Changelog:

  • Version 2.16.1 Bug Fixes:
    • Invalid switch case statement was preventing NXT from downloading – Fixed.
    • Breakpoint from v810 firmware removed, firmware up-issued to v811.
    • Typo in preferences fixed.
    • Deactivate License feature re-enabled.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Preserve platform type when registry information is deleted.
    • Improve code allocation of temporary variables.
    • Add “unsigned” qualifier to eliminate compiler warning.
    • Add “default” clause to switch statement.
    • “sgn” opcode for ‘float’ parameter was incorrectly checking the ‘short’ result to see if it was a ‘float’ NAN (Not A Number). This check should only be performed when the function return is a float variable. This issue has been fixed
    • Generate error message if “motor and sensors setup” pragma declaration not found as first lines of program. Some users had these statements elsewhere and problems were occuring.
    • Status tool bar now displays the “port number” or “NXT name” of connected robot. Previously the field was “===========”
    • Vertical scroll was not being hidden when screen was expanded large enough to fit complete file. This problem has been fixed.
  • Enhancements:
    • Added support for LEGO Color Sensor and LEGO I2C Temperature Sensor.

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 27th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

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FREE Download: ROBOTC for Cortex BETA 2.16 available

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Hi again,

ROBOTC for Cortex BETA 2.16 has just been uploaded to the servers. Click here to download it!

Here are the changes:

  • Trial extended to 9/31/2010 – Yay!
  • More accurate feedback from the Accelerometer in the game controller
  • Fixes an issue where ROBOTC was overloading the 2-wire H-Bridge motor ports when switching the from forward to reverse directions.
  • Various bug fixes

Hope you enjoy it!

By the way, Cortex hardware is now available for Pre-Order at the Robomatter Robotics Education store.
Be the first to get it!

New Cortex Hardware available for pre-order

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 24th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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FREE Download: ROBOTC for CORTEX beta now available!

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Exciting news everyone!

ROBOTC for Cortex 2.15 BETA is now available for your downloading pleasure. This version will allow you to be able to program the brand new Cortex microcontroller by IFI – Yes, the same makers of the original VEX platform.

Download it here – Download page for ROBOTC for Cortex BETA

NOTE:

This will overwrite your ROBOTC for IFI installation on your computer. This will only happen with the BETA builds and will not happen with the official release.

VEX Cortex Microcontroller

VEX Cortex Microcontroller

The Cortex Platform offers a ton of upgrades from the original platform. Here are a few points just to name a few:

  • 9 TIMES faster than the original VEX
  • 35 times more memory (RAM)
  • More Digital and Analog ports

Written by Vu Nguyen

May 5th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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ROBOTC 2.x Network Drivers have been updated (All platforms)

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Hi all,

Just letting you know that the Network Driver files have been updated for all platforms (NXT & VEX). This is  for those of you who are in charge of installing ROBOTC onto workstations that run from a centralized network location.

For single user license users who run from their personal laptops/computers, this doesn’t apply to you so don’t worry about downloading them. In fact, I’d advise you not to! :)

Thanks to all for continuing to support us

Written by Vu Nguyen

April 26th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

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ROBOTC 2.0.2 Released for both NXT and VEX

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ROBOTC 2.0.2 is available for both NXT and VEX versions. Go here for the links:

Download ROBOTC for NXT |   Download ROBOTC for VEX

NEW FEATURE: Deactivate Licenses! See image below on how to deactivate a license.

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Changelog for ROBOTC for Mindstorms 2.0.2:

  • ROBOTC for MINDSTORMS 2.0.2 is a maintenance release for bug fixes and small functionality changes.
  • New features in ROBOTC for MINDSTORMS 2.0.2
    • Added the Help Menu is a new option to deactivate ROBOTC. This will return your license and allow you to activate ROBOTC on another computer. This requires internet connectivity to return a license.
  • Bug Fixes in ROBOTC for MINDSTORMS 2.0.2:
    • Access to long (and float) struct elements in a call by reference struct procedure parameter would generate incorrect code.
    • Unary operator ‘-’ was incorrectly applied to following “expression” rather than following “factor”.
    • Possible Compile and Download Issues have been resolved. ROBOTC now forces a recompile at every download.

Changelog for ROBOTC for IFI 2.0.2:

  • New features in ROBOTC for IFI 2.0.2
    • Added the Help Menu is a new option to deactivate ROBOTC. This will return your license and allow you to activate ROBOTC on another computer. This requires internet connectivity to return a license.
    • Completely refreshed user interface – Dockable status and debugger windows.
    • New multi-document interface allows multiple programs to be opened at once – similar to web browsing tabs.
    • VEXnet support for VEX 0.5 systems.
    • Built-in software competition switch is available under the Debugger for testing competition code with VEXnet.
    • VRC Competition Templates are now accessable under the “File – New” menu.
    • VRC Competition Template for “Drivers Skill” challenge has been added.
    • Improved Help Documentation – Sample usage of every ROBOTC function now included!
    • Updated Sample Programs – Over 70 sample programs to show you how to do everything with your VEX controller.
    • No Uninstall Needed – ROBOTC will detect old version of ROBOTC for IFI and automatically uninstall when a new version is being installed.
  • Bug Fixes in ROBOTC for IFI 2.0.2:
    • VEXnet Competition debugger window has been fixed. You can now test all modes of competition.
    • VEX Master Firmware download issues have been solved. A failed master firmware download will no longer require IFI loader to fix.
    • Problem with motor ports behaving randomly/running at full speed after new firmware is loaded has been fixed.
    • VEX Master Firmware has ben upgraded to Version V10 – All users must upgrade to Master V10.
    • ROBOTC VEX Firmware has been upgraded to Version to 7.97 – All users must upgrade to User Firmware 7.97.

As usual, remember to uninstall previous versions before installing the newest version! Upgrades are available to customers who have already purchased ROBOTC and have  an activated version of ROBOTC on their PC. You will have to re-enter your License Information when upgrading from 1.x to 2.x.

Written by Vu Nguyen

April 2nd, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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Old versions of ROBOTC are in

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In case anyone really wanted to download the previous versions of ROBOTC, they are at the bottom of the downloads page for NXT and VEX. Please keep in mind that they could contain bugs that are fixed in the newer versions.

Written by Vu Nguyen

December 10th, 2009 at 9:41 am

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ROBOTC for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2.0

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rc_icon_newThe Robotics Academy is proud to announce the arrival of ROBOTC for Mindstorms 2.0. This new version of ROBOTC is coming almost a year after the release of ROBOTC for Mindstorms 1.40. ROBOTC 2.0 adds a lot of new feature and functionality to the popular programming language for LEGO NXT robots.

ROBOTC for LEGO MINDSTORMS is a ANSI-C based programming language for the MINDSTORMS NXT and RCX robotic systems. ROBOTC offers users a common programming language across different popular robotic platforms; with a unique powerful run-time debugger that give a user complete feedback on all input, outputs, and variables in their programs.

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Written by Vu Nguyen

November 17th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

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