Thank you all for submitting feedback and bugs! This allowed me to improve the software and here it is: alpha version 2.0.3! This release fixes some bugs and even adds some new stuff. I highly recommend updating to this release (Don’t forget to update the libraries too)! These are the changes:
updated the documentation (added small system-user-manual)
added some information about updating the software
fixed a bug which started moves from the wrong position if not moved to home before
fixed a bug that moved the motor in the wrong direction when using the function “Move home (all)”
fixed a bug which caused the motor direction to change sporadically during motor jogging
added a new menu font and a font-option to the settings
Minor user interface changes
added all needed libraries into the repository
The biggest change, which you will see immediately, is the new font. I thought it might be nice to have a more readable and clear option. There is a new option for choosing the font so that you can go back to the old one if you like:
I also started working on a Windows client for creating keyframe-based moves. This is in the very early stages but I hope to be able to release it before the summer. Main focus will be defining the bezier-curve based moves and then either save them as a files or directly submit the data to the USB-connected miniEngine.
I finally managed to write a short section for the documentation which explains how to use the system. The biggest problem until now was that there were no pictures or other explanations what the different buttons actually do. I tried to make everything as self explanatory as possible and hopefully succeeded (because I never received a singe question on how to use the new miniEngine). Anyways, here is a picture with a description of the different button functions. Some more info can be found in the updated documentation.
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I also added all needed libraries into the GitHub repository, where you can download the whole project files, so that you have all you need in one download.
One more thing I’d like to post is a short but beautiful video by radixi, done with the new miniEngine 2 in some great Finnish winter (moon-) light.
Happy new year to all of you! May the light and the conditions be with you in the next year for some great video and / or time-lapse shots!
I will continue further developing the system and as the hardware is done so far, the focus is now on the software. I’d like to implement the features gathered in the version 2 survey. One of the first steps will (hopefully) be receiving some feedback from the ones that already ordered a version 2 set and started playing with it. For those of you that did order already – thank you for supporting the project with your purchase!
As I now started using my YouTube channel, I also would like to create a playlist with videos made with the miniEngine. So please feel free to post your video in the forum or send me a mail if you want. I am looking forward to see what you were able to do with the little controller.