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Maxuino update v014

Posted: July 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

This is an incremental release fixing a number of issues and offering a new pathway for those of you that have been using v009 and v007.  Note that you can use the StandardFirmata that comes with the Arduino IDE – OR – the stepperFirmata we include with Maxuino.

Download it here.

  • there are now two versions of the and maxuino files
    • is the same as our recent releases and relies heavily on the GUI and OSC input.  This remains largely unchanged and is still experiencing issues with digital inputs.
    • shows you how to talk directly to the maxuino translator, simplifying things for those of you who want to include a lightweight low feature capability into your sketches. Note that it uses the maxuino-noGUI.maxpat.  For those of you that have been using v009 because you wanted direct access in this way, please use this new patch rather than the old versions. All features are working and have been tested with Arduino UNO and MEGA 2650 boards.
  • fixed a minor bug in maxuino.js
  • updated stepperFirmata to match the latest version of Firmata (v2.3) and so it should compile again.  Dont forget you need to add stepperDriver to your arduino libraries folder and restart Arduino IDE to get this Firmata to work.

We were not able to test every configuration and board and so please do post any issues you find – its the summer, and so there is a bit more time right now to get things fixed quickly!


Maxuino updates…?

Posted: July 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

After several similar questions I thought I would do a quick post about the status of maxuino:

– The most recent version of Maxuino is here:

– This version of maxuino has stepper capability, but only if you also use our stepperFirmata variant.  If you use the Firmata that is shipped with the Arduino IDE it will work just fine for everything except it will not run stepper motors.

– This version of Maxuino does work with Max 6 and the most recent Arduino IDE and the newest generation of Arduinos including UNOs, Mega 2650, and Teensy boards.

– please double check the getting started page before emailing.  The most common issue is the file paths in Max have to be set to search recursively into the folders of Maxuino

– there is one particular error message where it looks for a Maxuino external object, but we did not widely distribute that and so it will not affect the performance of Maxuino and you can ignore the error.

– we are doing further development of Maxuino, hopefully cleaning it up and refining it for a final non-alpha release in the Fall.

– we do not mind helping you out if you have problems, but be patient since we do this for free 😉