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We are very happy to release the newest version of ROBOTC for VEX Robotics – VEX IQ Preview. Download the new Preview Version today from the ROBOTC Preview Website.
This new preview version includes ROBOTC’s Natural Language 2.0 for the VEX IQ platform. Robot programming has never been easier now with the new and improved Natural Language 2.0. Learn more about Natural Language and download our new documentation at www.vexteacher.com
Here’s a few notes before you get started with the new build:
1. Make sure you use the VEX IQ Firmware Update utility to update your VEX IQ Brain to version 1.06 – This is important for using the new Preview Version of ROBOTC.
2. If you are using the VEX IQ Color Sensor, there is a new firmware version available for it as well. Download the 1.06 version into your Brain, then connect your VEX IQ Color Sensor and use the “Update”
3. Inside of ROBOTC, you’ll want to download the latest ROBOTC firmware (version 10.03) to your VEX IQ. Use the “Robot -> Download Firmware” option to do this.
After that, you should be good to go! Take a look below for the official change log and let us know if you have any questions/concerns or run into any issues.
VEX IQ Preview #3 Changelog
- Added support for VEX IQ with Natural Language 2.0 - Documentation Available Here!
- Support for VEX IQ Distance and Gyro Sensors
- Modified Motor Encoder based commands – encoders now operate in “Degrees” by default (360 counts per revolutions – used to be 960 per revolution)
- Numeous commands have been updated to fix the first letter being a “capital” letter.
- Update some function name commands to better reflect their usage. This may cause an error in your program and we apologize in advance.
- setMotorPosition -> moveMotorTarget (relative movements)
- setMotorPosition ->setMotorTarget (absolute movements)
- getMotorEncoderValue -> getMotorEncoder
- getServoPosition -> getServoEncoder
- getColor12Color -> getColorName
- getColorProximityValue -> getColorProximity
- getColorSaturationValue -> getColorSaturation
- getColorHueValue -> getColorHue
- ROBOTC File System for VEX IQ is operational – users have the ability to store up to 64 programs at the same time!
- Functions Library (left side-bar in ROBOTC) now has hover over text for VEX IQ Motor, Sensor, and Natural Language commands.
- Fixed issue where COM port “Select Port” dialog was being displayed twice when user hits “Cancel”.
- All sample programs updated to reflect new command names and features.
- Added sample programs for VEX IQ Gyro and Distance sensors.
- Added sample programs for VEX IQ Natural Language 2.0 functionality.
- Numerous other bug fixes and enhancements.
We are very excited to share details on ROBOTC 4.0!! This version of ROBOTC will be getting a lot of new features as well as some enhancements to favorite tools already included. Also included in this upgrade will be support for new hardware platforms, including the new VEX IQ and LEGO EV3.
Planned Features in 4.0:
- Overhauled Natural Language functionality to make learning how to program even easier.
- Motors and sensor setup that will automatically detect devices (with supported platforms/devices.)
- Enhanced drag and drop capability with our function library for new users.
- Updated text editor with code collapsing, improved auto-complete, and more user customizability.
- Even more sample programs to help users get started, including samples for new platforms and advanced programming concepts!
- Support for both VEX Cortex and VEX IQ in ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.0
- Support for both NXT and EV3 in ROBOTC for LEGO MINDSTORMS 4.0
- No-Cost standalone version of ROBOTC for VEX PIC for legacy users.
Pricing and final availability for 4.0 has not been finalized; however customers can feel secure buying ROBOTC today knowing they will get a full ROBOTC 4.0 upgrade as soon as it is available.
Current ROBOTC Users Upgrade Details:
- 3.0 Perpetual Users (who purchased in 2013): No upgrade fee! Full purchase price will be applied towards same type of license for 4.0.
- 3.0 Annual Users (who purchased in 2013): 50% discount on equivalent 4.0 License
- 3.0 Perpetual Users (who purchase before 2013): 50% discount on equivalent 4.0 License
If you own a license to ROBOTC 3.xx – You can continue to use 3.xx for as long as you would like (assuming you have a perpetual license) – the software will not stop working once 4.xx is released. However, if you wish to use the features and platforms available in ROBOTC 4.xx, you will have to purchase an upgrade at a significant discount.
Upgrades will be available for up to 6 months after the official release of ROBOTC 4.0. Stay tuned to the ROBOTC.net Blog – We will be releasing free beta versions throughout the Summer and will announce final pricing and availability details in the near future.