Before you begin with Visualino: it requires Arduino 1.6 IDE. You need to download it and install it. Visualino uses Arduino IDE to build and transfer the programs to the Arduino boards. Versions below 1.4 are also supported, but the Arduino IDE splashscreen will appear when building your programs.
In a nutshell, these are the steps described below:
- Download the dmg file.
- Uncompress the dmg file
- Open Visualino.
- Configure it.
Go to Downloads > Mac section and click on the latest version. This will be the most recent file (look at the dates) or the highest version number (major version.minor version-revision).
Now you have the visualino-x.y-z-.dmg file in your computer. Go to your personal Downloads folder and locate the zip file.
Double-click on the dmg file to uncompress its contents.
Now with the mouse drag and drop Visualino app to the Applications folder.
Now click on the Applications folder, double-click on the Visualino app to run it.
Recent MacOS X versions require user permission in order to execute third-party software. To open Visualino, press "Open".
Now, you should be running Visualino. Congratulations!
Visualino has a settings dialog. There you can change some important settings that must be correctly defined in order to work correctly.
Visualino comes with default settings that should work in your computer, but in case you have troubles, continue reading.
Settings: Arduino IDE Path
A very important setting is Arduino IDE program path. This the path to Arduino IDE executable that will be used to build and transfer your programs to the Arduino boards. If the file is not found, you won't be able to program your boards, so be careful.
If you installed the Arduino IDE in Applications, its path will be
/Users/Your user name/Applications/Arduino.app. But you can also
install the Arduino IDE in other paths, so locate the correct folder. Inside
that folder, select the file
Visualino is able to use previous versions of Arduino IDE. The only difference is that Arduino IDE splashscreen will be displayed when building your programs.
Now you should have everything in place and ready to tinker with Visualino. Enjoy!