SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby 8-Bits » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:39 pm

ortsac wrote:Based on the replies, I'm wondering if this update is worthwhile or will it create additional problems? I'm currently trying out and learning a great deal from the old installation and would not want to introduce new problems and nuances into the mix.What do you "experts" say?

I don't see how making both versions available will cause problems. The "experts" will know which to use and at this point we actually need the individual files in the zip format to maintain what we have. BTW, it's also nice to be able to see the individual file attributes (date, size, etc.) of each component in one place.

Everyone else can just follow the Sparki documentation and use the self-installer, which hopefully will not cause other problems for them. :)
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Sparki.cpp modified date: 20141130 @ 15:08
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby Trevor » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:59 pm

@Mathias: I just updated the wall Avoidance from the github & I'm not seeing the issues your are.
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IDE Used: Arduino v1.0.5
Sparki.h GitHub #: f04196ee99 - 10th Mar 2014
Sparki.cpp GitHub #:d7432678ce - 10th Mar 2014
Computer OS: OS X 10.9.1
Notes: RoboRealm not used. Installing updates manually through GitHub.
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby ortsac » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:38 pm

Just to try this new installation, Zax is right the board.txt file is replaced in the Windows installation and "ArcBotics Sparki" no longer exists in the selection.
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Operating Environment
Sparki Library used: Sparki.Driver-1.0.5.4c-Setup.exe
Sparki.h modified date: 20140219 @ 0120
Sparki.cpp modified date: 20140224 @ 2205
Computer OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Notes: RoboRealm not used
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby 8-Bits » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:08 pm

Zax wrote:I don't have any pressing need for Roborealm at this time so I'm just going to wait until things get more stable and they can coordinate with Arcbotics.

I agree, there are too many components changing at this early release stage.
John

Current Operating Environment
Sparki Library used: Sparki_Library_1.0.5.5.zip
Sparki.h modified date: 20141130 @ 15:08
Sparki.cpp modified date: 20141130 @ 15:08
Computer OS: Windows 7 64-bit and 8.1 64-bit
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby Rwardjr5 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:25 pm

I also could not reinstall the boards but thanks to Zax's post copied his file and made a txt file and then copied it in. Things look good so far. I am still not getting correct angles. moveRight (127) accually turns 120 deg. might be wheel slippage I am checking on that.

Thanks for the update.
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby ortsac » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:17 pm

It seems that version 1.0.5.4 is now the default installer for Windows in the main website. They should make version 1.0.5.3 still available until they fix the "Board.txt" issue. There are other folks who just got their Sparki and having problem getting the robot to upload any of the examples because of this issue.
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Operating Environment
Sparki Library used: Sparki.Driver-1.0.5.4c-Setup.exe
Sparki.h modified date: 20140219 @ 0120
Sparki.cpp modified date: 20140224 @ 2205
Computer OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby roboalchemist » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:32 pm

Fixed the boards.txt issue in this installer. File updated online.
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby vladarino » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Roboalchemist,

I suggest you consider utilizing a beta release program where some active Sparki users can test code releases prior to official release. This will save you headaches in the long run.

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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby 8-Bits » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:06 pm

IMO the code update process is getting out of control. At the time of this post Github has files dated 20140216; the ArcBotics FTP hosting site has files dated 20140217; and there are changes noted (e.g. the 2x speed) that were made later and can't be located (by me). And users are posting "problems"; questions; and Arduino code based on all of these which is confusing.

It has been suggested that people posting problems in the code need to include information as to what version (date/time) of software was used. I would suggest the following format:

Operating Environment
Sparki Library used: Sparki.Driver-1.0.5.4a-Setup.exe or Sparki_Library_1.0.5.4.zip
Sparki.h modified date: 20140217 @ 09:20
Sparki.cpp modified date: 20140217 @ 09:23
Computer OS: Windows 7 32-bit / 8.1 64-bit / OSX 10.9
Notes:

Code developers should note any feature they hard coded around (e.g. adding an offset to a returned function value) to make what they did work.

It is also suggested that ArcBotics implement some form of user "beta testing" process to test changes before they are applied to the production Installer and sample Arduino sketch code.
John

Current Operating Environment
Sparki Library used: Sparki_Library_1.0.5.5.zip
Sparki.h modified date: 20141130 @ 15:08
Sparki.cpp modified date: 20141130 @ 15:08
Computer OS: Windows 7 64-bit and 8.1 64-bit
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Re: SparkiDuino 1.0.5.4 Update (Feb 17th)

Postby swbratcher » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:00 pm

@Ortsac

If you have found your stride, you may wait.

I understand that a lot of work goes into a project like this and that the Arcbotics team is running lean, so this is NOT critical: There were many small mistakes left in the original code examples that could confuse a new user, and I've seen a couple mentions by some in this thread of possible similar errors with code and/or the ease of the upgrade process.

If you are past some of the initial hurdles and are learning with your own explorations I would keep on trucking. There is no need to update every release unless you have something that you are stuck on that forces you to try an update as a solve.

If you are new and want to avoid technical issues you could keep an eye on the forums and do an update when things smooth out. You can independently download the new examples from the GIT repository, or ask others to post them for you to access.

Have fun!
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