Post by naigon on May 27, 2014 11:28:30 GMT -5
R5 is finally here!
After months of refactoring, coding, rebuilding and testing R5 is now ready for your saber enjoyment!
What is R5?
R5 is the firmware update to the Igniter Mini(TM) platform that provides not only a better, smoother experience to the existing features that the hobby has come to know and love, but also completely new experiences that not only knock your socks off, but slice them into 1000 tiny pieces screaming in terror that are then silenced
The R4 firmware has been completely reworked; all aspects of the code have been refactored to provide an overall better experience with more consistent accent LEDs, crisper audio, and smoother LED effects. These changes alone are worth an upgrade; however, Master Footman would never just stop there! Once the base platform was greatly improved then all the exciting new features were added, which will be shown in the coming days...
When is it available?
R5 will be available at the exciting conclusion of Igniter R5, or when the new boards arrive, whichever comes first. I'll be updating this page each day with a new episode, and after they are all complete the boards will all ship with the R5 firmware.
What about the config editor?
The config editor is one of the special features for this release. In most previous releases the config editor was simply updated to provide access to the new variables needed for the new features. While this was also done, the entire editor was reworked with huge improvements in functionality. Please wait for one of the upcoming episodes to see all about it
The main thing to note here however is that R5 is not backwards compatible. This means that you cannot download the new R5 editor if you are using an older version of the firmware. Because of this I will leave the previous Config Editor for igniter R4 and below on my site for those that still need this as a download.
Firmware and Config Editor updates are great! But do we still get more?
Yes you can! In addition to these two improvements the DefaultFiles.zip package has been completely re-worked to not only include 9 full fonts (well 8 plus "Testing, Testing, Testing"), but it is completely setup with multiple color combinations and all the new features from R5. The goal is an amazing out-of-box experience without having to tweak anything. If buy Igniter Mini(TM) with the Z6, you will have an experience that is great, utilizing all colors and features without having to change anything. I'll post a video of the new config after the release is over.
This is amazing! Are there any drawbacks?
The R5 firmware was a complete refactoring of the R4 code for a smoother experience. Everything was reworked from the audio to the LED driver to even the accent LEDs to make sure the entire experience was improved. From a feature and operation standpoint there are no disadvantages to using the new firmware.
The only real disadvantage is that in order to keep the code as streamlined as possible I have removed support for the original Igniter platform, and thus upgrades are not possible for that board. The same upgrade fee of $5.00 is possible for R4 to R5 on the Igniter Mini platform though as a send in service.
Igniter R5! The Episodes.
There is so much to R5 that Master Footman has decided to spread the release into a mini-series so that everyone could better understand the features. Without further ado, the Master himself and I will be going over those features.
Episode I - Attack of the Color-Changers
Episode II - An Enhanced Elegance
Episode III - A New Editor
Episode IV - Return of the Phase
Thanks for looking everyone, Godspeed and MTFBWY!