Sneak peek on the new, web-based Arduino Create

Alice PintusMay 5th, 2015

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We always stress the fact that Arduino is not only a matter of hardware. Arduino has two other important pieces, the software and the community. We recently wrote about an improved Arduino Software (IDE) and how we moved from nightly builds to hourly builds, thanks to the help of our programmers and contributors. Now we want to add more power to the community and its capacity to create amazing projects.

In the past year we have been incredibly busy designing a new Arduino web-based tool, Arduino Create. It’s an important step in the Arduino ecosystem that (we hope) is going to change the way you interact with your projects and the community.

Over the years we gathered a lot of feedback both when running workshops in schools and maker spaces, and when reading comments on the Forum and other social networks. We understood we needed to provide the Arduino community with a more modern and flexible tool to write code, a more integrated way of accessing content and learning while doing, an easier way to setup and configure tools and boards, and a better way to share Arduino projects.

More and more products traditionally delivered as desktop apps are being moved to online platforms, and we see an opportunity in this. Arduino Create is a set of online tools that will make working with Arduino even more seamless and smooth.

First of all you will be able to write code and upload sketches to any Arduino board directly from the browser with the Arduino Web Editor (IDE), without having to install anything. Your Sketchbook will be stored on the Arduino Cloud and will be accessible from any device. The Getting Started app will allow you to easily configure and setup tools and boards available around you. Services provided by partners such as Temboo will be just one click away and better integrated with your workflow.



 

Arduino Create will simplify building a project as a whole, without having to switch between many different tools to manage the all the aspects of whatever you are making.
In this past year we focused our effort mainly in the Arduino Web Editor, but we really want to concentrate on content next, providing you with a curated set of projects and tutorials to get you inspired.

Our team, together with ToDo, developed a pilot version of Arduino Create for the Arduino TRE board.
We did a lot of research to design and develop this new web-platform right. We started with paper prototyping and co-creation sessions in the local Fablab, 6-months later we had around 150 Arduino TRE beta-testers giving us feedback on both the software, and the overall user experience of the product. 8 months into the project, in the Arduino Workshop area within Maker Faire Rome, we conducted about 25 user-testing sessions to refine some usability details. Talking with a great variety of people is always key in our design and development process, since Arduino has to fit the needs of users with a big skill-set range, from total beginners to experts.

We are now in the process of making Arduino Create reachable by anyone on a browser via www.arduino.cc. This post is a sneak peak on this effort.

Here some of the features of Arduino Create (some still in the works*):

  • Integration with the Arduino account, just sign in to access the web IDE
  • Your Sketchbook on the Arduino Cloud, available anytime from any device
  • A guided walkthrough to setup and configure Arduino Create for the first time
  • Latest version of the Arduino Web Editor (based on ACE), the board cores, and the libraries, always available without having to install anything
  • Auto-discovery of boards and ports available around you, selectable in one single dropdown
  • Examples presented with Schematics and Layout details
  • A Readme tab included in each sketch so that you can add some project’s details, if comments on your code gets too verbose
  • Ability to add custom Schematics and Layout PNGs to your sketch, so that you have in one place the all basic elements of your project
  • Better integration with Language Reference* and Glossary
  • Ability to share a sketch and embed it in your webpage or blog*
  • Notification area to be always up-to-date with the latest news (new library or core, new feature available, etc)*
  • Video tutorials and Help resources available directly within the Editor*

Of course we will continue to develop and improve the desktop Arduino IDE, this online version will give us an opportunity to test new features and provide users with a more cohesive experience when making projects with Arduino.

In mid June we plan to start a beta-testing program of Arduino Create, stay tuned for updates!

 

33 Responses to “Sneak peek on the new, web-based Arduino Create”

  1. Osqui Says:

    What about Codebender? Why not taking benefit from other existing projects and not reinventing the wheel?

  2. ivanseidel Says:

    Where is this project available for Developers? I would LOVE to contribute to, since I was doing the Exact same thing, with UI in Mind. Thanks.

  3. harivney Says:

    I’m a noobie and the most difficult part is translating schematics to breadboard. I hope your “examples with schematics and layout details” also include breadboard layout images (ala Fritzing).

    I’m retired and would be willing to dedicate a lot of time to be a beta tester.

  4. harivney Says:

    Wish that Fritzing had the capability to import a schematic from you to be able to see a large image in their breadboard view

  5. FranksDesigNatures Says:

    wow cant wait! this is kinda like the mBed ide

  6. olls Says:

    I agree with Osqui, Codebender could be so much better with a bit more work put in to add Git support and make it a bit more developer friendly. Why not join forces?

  7. the-fallen Says:

    Looks very good. I wonder if code still can be stored locally.
    I am afraid about the security of the code when I think of small commercial projects.

  8. calvins200sx Says:

    Sounds Great. Can’t wait to start using the new editor. I’ve only used Arduino about a month know, but love it as compared to the old days of making electronic circuits. I would be more than happy to be a tester if you need any in the future.

  9. bungeru Says:

    Sounds really good. Right now I am using Codebender which is really easy to use. Make something like that. Alsow make coding easier with for example auto braced closing opening is posible…
    Thank you sooo much for making a new IDE

  10. chisight Says:

    Please don’t force us to add the complexity of programming over the Internet to our projects. I’ve been hacking arduPi for a few weeks now and can only imagine trying to sync my Raspberry arduPi code and some distant web server to then pull right back to my own desktop to put on the Arduino.
    Installing has been as simple as running tar and creating an icon for a while now, that’s certainly easier than getting machines thousands of miles away to syncronize with a serial device on my desk.

  11. blakewford Says:

    I have been working on a web based Arduino emulator for some time. I would love to contribute to an official tool.

    Hosted
    http://starlo.org/blake/boardmicro/

    Source and Android app
    https://github.com/blakewford/boardmicro
    https://github.com/blakewford/avrcore
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.starlo.boardmicro

  12. qr123de Says:

    I don’t like clouds. I don’t have a stable internet connection. What about respecting the users privacy? Is your cloud encrypted and only readable by the own? Will the connection be encrypted? Currently even the login here is NOT.

  13. tuxedo Says:

    With which web-technology do you plan to access the hardware? The only whichg would be platform independant would be Java Applets I guess. But browser vendors do more and more close their API w.r.t. Java.

    The idea of having w web based IDE with all the nice features is great. But the used technology should be “future-proof” …

    Would be great to hear about some technical aspects of this solution…

  14. blakewford Says:

    Its annoying to see new comments on this thread while my comment from 5/13/15 is still being moderated.

  15. kolban Says:

    This is very interesting. I’d love to hear more … specifically missing from the article is any information about a potential release date (5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months?) and any submission process for beta testers?

  16. blakewford Says:

    I have been working on a web based Arduino emulator for some time. I would love to contribute to an official tool.

    Twitter
    @xlivewire

  17. 00alis Says:

    @the-fallen, you will always be able to download your sketches on your computer and store them locally.

    @chisight, the desktop-based Arduino IDE will be always available for download and we will never force you to use the cloud-based one, if you don’t want to.

    @kolban, the potential release date is the beginning of the fall, we are currently testing it internally and resolving a few more bugs. We will start a small betatesting program over the summer. Thank you for your interest!

  18. mastrolinux Says:

    @qr123de the new domain will be https compliant. Every user will have its own sandbox to manage sketches. We will publish a privacy policy before being online.

    The daemon code is based on the open source project https://github.com/johnlauer/serial-port-json-server We are cooperating with the maintainer and probably will fork it for a more specific version for Arduino.

    @tuxedo we are using golang and cross compile on all available platforms (ARM, MacOS, Linux, Win) both 32 and 64 bits to create an agent. The agent can listen locally or remotely to allow you program your boards on the internet.

    More info on a dedicate blog post.

  19. dwitt Says:

    Will there be a mac plugin or is one even needed? Will the ide allow editing on something like an iPad? I’d love to be able to program on the go when I have a few minutes but then use my mac to actually upload to an arduino when I’m home.

  20. Reinoud Says:

    Will this run on a chromebook too? I noticed there were only drivers for windows and linux… (no apple either…)

  21. DhruvMCollins Says:

    This can really help people to share code online like one click code uploading.No need to open the IDE and copy the code it just goes directly from the browser.. And for beginers this is the best thing they don’t need to go through the time consuming process of downloading the offline IDE..

  22. 00alis Says:

    @dwitt, @Reinoud we are working on plugins for Linux, Mac and Windows, we really want all our users to be able to use the web-based IDE. We are planning on working on a Chrome plugin as well. And yes, you will be definitely able to edit code on your iPad.

  23. 00alis Says:

    @DhruvMCollins, the Share feature is on our Todo list! Coming soon.

  24. DhruvMCollins Says:

    @00alis I guess your staff. Can i help in some way like testing..

  25. DhruvMCollins Says:

    @00alis would be pretty good if we could use a RPi,etc to upload code to our arduino’s remotely from other computers.

  26. jhaughery Says:

    I’m a university instructor and very interested in the this online IDE (no need to keep lab machines up-to-date with IT!). I would love to implement into my freshman class of 80+ this fall.

    Am I able to have access to the beta to test-drive before I set students loose?

  27. Osqui Says:

    “In mid June we plan to start a beta-testing program of Arduino Create, stay tuned for updates!” Come on, guys…

  28. maprzybylla Says:

    Any news on this topic that are worth spreading? Has the beta test started yet?

  29. ionpan Says:

    So why not just use codebender. I’d like to try Arduino Create, but it sounds like you guys are building a Codebender clone with less features.

  30. mastrolinux Says:

    @maprzybylla we are in private beta right now. Will start an invitation system in a couple of weeks.
    @iopan Our app can be installed on any system and do not need to rely on browser. Chrome is also going to completely deprecate his serial port API and we decided not to rely on external API deps. We opened the source of our agent, please look at: https://github.com/arduino/arduino-create-agent

  31. nelsonmilum Says:

    @mastrolinux, you say that the agent app can be installed on any system, will there be support for ChromOS as well, since that OS actually kind of needs a web-based IDE more than any of the others?

  32. Stanto Says:

    Having used the Web based IDE on the Arduino Tre for a good while I can confirm, it is really nice to use.

  33. istrait77 Says:

    Wonder if this will program the Yun?

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