This is what you need to use Blocktinu:

1/ Some HARDWARE to upload and run your programs:

  1. A Tinusaur similar board with an ATtiny85 microcontroller;
  2. USBasp Programmer to upload the programs.

2/ You need to install two SOFTWARE packages:

  1. Blocktinu Tools for Windows;
  2. Drivers for the USBasp programmer.

NOTE: You also need a computer with a web browser and Internet connection.

NOTE: Detailed User Guide on how to do all that is available as a PDF file at this address:
https://gitlab.com/tinusaur/blocktinu-docs/…/Blocktinu Tools – Windows Setup.pdf

Quick Guide: How to Install the Software

You need to install two software packages.

(1) Blocktinu Tools for Windows

Blocktinu Tools Windows Install

(1) Drivers for the USBasp Programmer

  • Go to the Zadig website at https://zadig.akeo.ie
  • Locate and download the latest Zadig application;
  • Insert the USBasp programmer into the USB of your computer;
  • Run the Zadig application;
  • Make sure the USBasp device is selected in the main drop-down. If it is not try to selecto from the menu
  • Choose the type of driver to install.
    THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP
    • “libusbK” will work on most 64-bit systems.
    • “libusb-win32” will work on most 32-bit systems.
  • Press the “Install Diver” button.
    (NOTE: This might take up to several minutes)
  • Check with the “Device Manager” that the driver is installed correctly and the programmer appears as a USBasp device.
USBasp Driver Install

Testing the installation

  • Connect all the devices:
    • Insert the flat 10-wire cable into the USBasp programmer;
    • Insert the USBasp programmer into the USB port of your computer;
    • Connect the USBasp programmer cable to the Tinusaur main board;
    • Insert a shield (such as Shield LEDx2) into the Tinusaur main board.
Tinusaur Board USBasp Connect
  • Start the Blocktinu application on Windows;
    (it should appear somewhere in the Start menu)
  • Locate the button next to the “Blinking LED” text and press it.
Blocktinu Application

That should upload the testing program into the microcontroller of your board.

Using the Blocktinu

  • Open the Blocktinu web interface;
  • Put some blocks on the screen.
  • When ready, press the “Build” buttons.
  • That will compile and build your code, and if there are no errors, the web browser will offer you to save (or just save it for you) the binary code as a file named “main.bthex”.
  • Locate the file and simply open it.

The Blocktinu application for Windows will take over and will upload the binary file to your microcontroller board via the programmer. Your program should start running immediately.

Blocktinu Testing

How was it?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.