mBlock 5 PC Version update: new devices, extensions, languages, and more!
As a coding platform designed for STEAM education, mBlock is always committed to providing teachers, students, and makers with the best coding experience.
On 20th Jan, mBlock 5 PC version (offline version ) V5.2.0 has officially released. The new PC version is updated with all the new features added in the mBlock web version in 2019.
New features snapshot:
- Code with more new devices in mBlock 5 PC
- New extensions & search box for Extension Center
- New languages supported
- Help documentations for blocks
- Keyboard shortcut for expanding/shrinking the scripts area.
Code with more new devices in mBlock 5 PC
We've updated a lot of new devices in the latest version, including but not limited to devices below:
- Raspberry Pi Camera
- Arduino Nano
- Arduino Leonardo
- Arduino Yun
- Arduino Micro
- DJI Tello
- 2.4G mBot
Check out all the coding robots and devices supported in different mBlock device versions:
|Device supported||mBlock 5 web editor||mBlock PC(Mac & Windows)||mBlock mobile|
|Arduino Mega 2560||Yes||Yes|
|Arduino Nano||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|Arduino Yun||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|Arduino Leonardo||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|Arduino Micro||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|Orion||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|Raspberry Pi Camera||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
|DJI Tello||Yes||Yes (Newly added!)|
New extensions & search box for Extension Center
mBlock 5 extension center now has 500+ extensions in total. In September 2019, we merged over 150 Arduino Extensions from mBlock 3 to mBlock 5. Now you can easily get all the Arduino Extensions in both mBlock 5 PC & web version. These extensions are contributed by our beloved mBlock 3 users. Thank you for all the hard work. Anyone is welcomed to use our Extension Builder to add blocks or create mBlock 5 extensions. (Check out mBlock 5 Extension Builder)
- 500+ extensions in total as of today. Newly added extensions for NovaPi, Raspberry Pi Camera, and mBot Smart Camera. scratch2 blocks and SSD1306.
- Added Search box for extension center that enables users to locate the extension you need quickly. To quickly find the extension you need, type in the keywords in the search box of the Extension center.
New languages supported
mBlock never stops reaching out to more countries around the world. All the languages in mBlock 5 are contributed by our voluntary translators from different countries. However, there are still some languages that are not available yet. We would be very appreciative if you can help us localize mBlock so that people from your country can make the best out of it. (Check out volunteer translators recruitment)
New languages added in this update:
Help documentations for blocks
In the new version, we've added block Help documentation to help users quickly learn how to use the blocks. Right-click on blocks to access Help documentations.
Keyboard shortcut for expanding/shrinking the scripts area
To help you focus on coding, use the shortcut "Ctrl + Shift + ←/→" to expand/shrink the scripts area.
In addition to all the devices and features updated, bugs in the old version are fixed. We've also improved the software performance for better coding experience.
mBlock 5 extensions contributed by users
In May 2019, we officially launched the mBlock 5 extensions builder for users to create block extensions or add devices. As of today, there are over 100 mBlock 5 extensions contributed by our users. Thank you for supporting us and making mBlock possible.