BlocklyProp Updates Released May 24, 2018
- ActivityBot 360° is now the default option for Robot initialize, ActivityBot calibrate, and ActivityBot display calibration blocks.
- Community Projects: the former Sharing options Private and Shared have been updated to List in Community Projects options Unlisted and Listed.
- Share project using link checkbox for new projects creates a permanent link for that project. The link can be activated, de-activated, and re-activated with this checkbox.
- Terminal character echo now takes place in the Terminal itself, not in the Propeller chip, for improved performance.
- SimpleText library the Terminal print text blocks updated to better handle new lines (/n) and carriage returns (/r).
- The Project description field has been shortened so the buttons underneath are visible on lower resolution screens.
- Connection checking functionality has been temporarily disabled for XBee and Serial protocol blocks pending planned improvements. Incorrectly structured code may not compile, but alleviates a bug that prevented users from being able to re-open saved projects that used specific blocks.
About Deprecated Blocks
Occasionally, we "retire" a block, usually when its functionality can be integrated into the settings of a related block. This helps keep the number of BlocklyProp blocks down, making it easier to learn and understand.
Blocks deprecated January 18th, 2018.
- Serial transmit number and Serial transmit text — to be replaced with an improved Serial Transmit block that handles both text and numbers
- Serial receive text and Serial receive number — to be replaced with a block that handles both text and numbers
When a block is deprecated, it will turn orange to alert you that it is time to update that spot in your code with a current block.
Released January 19th, 2017
For the best experience, Windows and Mac users should update their BlocklyProp Client software to version 0.7.x or higher, but anything in the 0.6.x range will work.
- Map, a new number operator block scaling and offsetting a value from one range to another — great for tying sensor or human input to actuator output
- Math operation block updated to support additional terms - just click the gear icon.
- Parentheses block, to change the order of operations in math operations
- Music note, a new value block to specify a frequency by note and octave
- Terminal print multiple, OLED print multiple, and LCD Print multiple: each device has a new block for printing a list of terms of different types such as a text label followed by a decimal value, on a single line
- Scale and display integers as floating point decimal values with the Terminal, OLED, and LCD print multiple block
- New Serial transmit and Serial receive blocks that can handle both text and number values (deprecating the current blocks, see below.)
- Additional Serial Init options for customizing the baud rate and mode
- Multiple device support for RGB LED init, ColorPal init, and Serial init connections
- Advanced options in the Feedback 360° servo configure (formerly setup) block
- Feedback 360° servo status, a new block to support applications that require coordinated movement among several servos at once
- The option to specify the PIN in certain SERVO and ANALOG/PULSES blocks with another block instead of a drop-down menu
- Improved instructions for launching your BlocklyProp Client/Launch if not found
- All projects created as private by default, even when using the "save as" feature with your own shared project or with other user's community project.
Released October 2017
- Feedback 360 servo blocks for the new Parallax Feedback 360 High Speed Servo
- Updated Robot blocks to support the ActivityBot 360° robot in the Robotics with Blockly tutorial.
- Deprecated PWM Initialize block; its functionality was incoprorated into the PWM set block.
What we are working on next
- Define constant and Constant value blocks will be added to the Values menu for naming and re-using constants.
- Blocks to support the WX WiFi modules
- Wireless reprogramming and Terminal support via WX WiFi modules
We strive to coordinate our updates to keep all of our tutorials up to date with the very latest changes in BlocklyProp once they are released. However, due to the volume of the tutorials and educator resources, there may be some unavoidable lag time.
For all the gory details, see our BlocklyProp-related GitHub repositories: