Software and Programming

It's time to program your ActivityBot! If you've done the prerequisite tutorials listed on the first page of this "book" you already have the SimpleIDE software installed on your computer, and some experience with programming your Propeller Activity Board. If not, it's time to get that done!

SimpleIDE Software

The software you will use is called SimpleIDE. It is available for Windows and Mac (and even Linux or the Raspberry Pi if you are willing to compile it).  It's an open-source C programming environment for the multi-core Propeller microcontroller. It is important to always use the most recent version of the software, as well as the most recent Learn folder which may be updated separately.

  • If you have not done so already, go to the Set Up SimpleIDE tutorial and follow the instructions, then come back here when you are done.

Programming Practice

Now it's time to try a little Propeller C programming. This will help you get familiar with the SimpleIDE software and the Propeller C language and Simple Libraries.

  • If you have not done so already, go to the Start Simple tutorial and try the programming examples, then come back here when you are done.

ActivityBot Library and Example Code

Last chance, make sure you have the latest Propeller C Learn folder, with libraries and example code for both the original ActivityBot and the ActivityBot 360°. 

Get the latest Propeller C Learn Folder

When you want to try an example program, be sure to look for the file in the right folder for your particular robot:
For ActivityBots with external encoders: ....Documents\SimpleIDE\Learn\Examples\Robots\ActivityBot
For ActivityBots with Feedback 360° servos ....Documents\SimpleIDE\Learn\Examples\Robots\ActivityBot 360

  • Now follow the links below to continue with the ActivityBot tutorials!