Installation

  • Download the pydon package for windows
  • Download and install Windows usb serial driver
  • Install latest python for windows using the msi installer in the pydon package you downloaded (32 bit or 64 bit). Just doubleclick and follow instructions, just follow the default suggestions for settings.
  • Execute the install_pydon.bat file by doubleclicking
  • Execute the start_pydon.bat file by doubleclicking to start pydongui

Some details

The msi installer install Python to your system. With the default settings it will create a folder on your machine in the root of the C harddisk. If you go to your file manager you should see a folder C:\Python27 there. If not, read the steps below.

The install_pydon.bat script installs the Hive software itself. The start_pydon.bat script starts the Hive after it is installed.

What to do if the scripts do not work

In some cases the scripts are not working, and after execution you only see briefly a black window which then dissapears.

You can get a full error message if you start the start_pydon.bat file from the terminal cmd.exe. You can open cmd.exe from the startup menu by choosing Run and typing cmd - you will then be prompted with the cmd.exe choice.

Then navigate to the folder where you stored the package you downloaded.

C:> cd C:\Users\myusername\Downloads\PydonWindowsPackage\

where C:\Users\myusername\Downloads\PydonWindowsPackage\ is the path in your file system.

If you need to switch to another drive you need to type:

C:> E:

if you want to go to drive E:, and then use cd (change directory) to navigate to the actual path.

Fixing the scripts

One probably cuase is that the location where Python is installed is slightly different.

You can fix this by editing the .bat files, by opening them with Notepad. The contents of install_pydon.bat are:

cd %~dp0

cd ssdn_python-master

echo "installing pyserial"
cd pyserial-sensestage
C:\Python27\python.exe setup.py install
cd ..

echo "installing xbee"
cd XBee-2.0.1
C:\Python27\python.exe setup.py install
cd ..

echo "installing pyosc"
cd pyosc
C:\Python27\python.exe setup.py install
cd ..

echo "installing pydon"
cd pydon
C:\Python27\python.exe setup.py install
cd ..

echo "done installing"

cd ..

What you need to chanes is where you find C:\Python27\python.exe, you need to replace it to point to the path where Python is installed on your system. So if in the file manager the path you found is: C:\Python278 then change C:\Python27\python.exe to C:\Python278\python.exe everywhere where it appears in the install_pydon.bat file. After making the changes, save the file.

The file start_pydon.bat looks like this:

cd %~dp0
cd ssdn_python-master
cd pydon
cd scripts
C:\Python27\python.exe pydongui.py

Here also change C:\Python27\python.exe to C:\Python278\python.exe everywhere where it appears in the start_pydon.bat file. After making the changes, save the file.

Dependencies

Dependencies are:

Optional dependencies:

Tools needed on Windows:

  • 7-zip – to unpack pyosc.tar.gz, XBee-2.0.1.tar.gz and pyserial-sensestage.tar.gz
  • A driver for the coordinator board, either the FTDI driver, or another driver (as for the Arduino Uno).

What is in the package

In the download package you’ll find two folders and a few files:

  • README.md – short introduction
  • INSTALL.md – details how to install the package and its dependencies
  • GETTING_STARTED.md – gives a quick overview on how to start with the MiniBees you just got and how to interface with them.
  • MINIHIVEOSC_DOCUMENTATION.md gives an overview of the OSC interface of MiniHiveOsc, one of the ways to interface with the minibees through the SenseWorld DataNetwork
  • TODO.txt – (outdated) todo list for pydon

  • examples - folder with examples
    • configuration - example configurations for pydon
    • eyesweb - example patch for EyesWeb
    • max - example patch for Max/MSP
    • puredata - example patch for PureData
    • supercollider - example scripts for SuperCollider
    • vvvv - example patch for vvvv
  • windows - this contains scripts for installing on windows

  • pydon – this is the actual pydon package, with inside it:
    • setup.py - the installation script
    • A folder scripts – the python datanetwork client library, containing:
      • pydongui.py – an encapsulating program, providing a GUI-interface for metapydonhive.
      • pydoncli.py – an encapsulating program, providing a command line interface for metapydonhive.
    • A folder pydon – the python datanetwork client library, containing:
      • pydon.py – the python datanetwork client
      • pydonhive.py – the python MiniBee management – serial communication component
      • minibeexml.py – implementing reading and writing the minibee configurations as an XML file
      • swpydonhive.py – gluing pydon.py and pydonhive.py together to a Python “hive” client to the DataNetwork. This is the program you will use to hook up your MiniBees to the DataNetwork.
      • lmpydonhive.py – gluing pydonhive.py to libmapper together to a Python “hive” libmapper client. See IDMIL’s website.
      • minihiveosc.py – a simple program to communicate to the MiniBee network with a simple OSC interface (sends the data from the minibees to one IP/port via OSC; not using the DataNetwork).
      • minihivejunxion.py – a simple program to communicate with the MiniBee network to and from Junxion with a simple OSC interface (not using the DataNetwork).
      • metapydonhive.py – an encapsulating program, where you can select one of the possible interfaces to use (datanetwork, osc, junxion, libmapper).
      • pydonguifront.py – an encapsulating program, providing a GUI-interface for metapydonhive.
      • pydonlogger.py – a helper utility to log the output into both the GUI window of pydongui, and a log file.
      • hiveserialapi.py - handling the serial API interface
      • hiveserial.py - handling the serial AT interface
      • __init__.py - python package file
    • A folder configs – containing some more example configuration files.
    • A folder obsolete – containing obsolete files.
  • pyosc.tar.gz – a compressed archive containing pyosc.
  • XBee-2.0.1.tar.gz – a compressed archive containing a slightly modified version of the python-xbee library.
  • pyserial-sensestage.tar.gz
  • installation.sh - a script for installation on Linux and OSX

Installation step by step

Step by step instructions are below, also always check the INSTALL.md in the package for the latest information.

These step by step instructions are basically the commands carried out by the installation script.

The instructions below, need to be executed in the terminal. For each code snippet you see there, you have to copy them literally into the terminal, except when otherwise noted and except for the dollar sign, which indicates the command prompt.

On Windows this is called the “command prompt”, and can be opened from the Windows menu by typing cmd.exe in the dialog box that shows up when choosing Run. See also the instructions below.

[step 0] : install 7-zip

[step 1] : unpack everything

Unpack the zip-file that you downloaded (ssdn-python-master) by doubleclicking on it.

Then:

  • Right-click on pyosc.tar.gz, in the context menu there should be an entry “7-zip”, select that and choose “extract here”.
  • Then do the same again on the resulting pyosc.tar file. Now you have a folder pyosc.

  • Right-click on XBee2.0.1.tar.gz, in the context menu there should be an entry “7-zip”, select that and choose “extract here”.
  • Then do the same again on the resulting XBee2.0.1.tar file. Now you have a folder XBee2.0.1

  • Right-click on pyserial-sensestage.tar.gz, in the context menu there should be an entry “7-zip”, select that and choose “extract here”.
  • Then do the same again on the resulting pyserial.tar file. Now you have a folder pyserial-sensestage

[step 2] : open cmd.exe and navigate

Open cmd.exe from the run menu of Windows.

Unpack the zip-file, and go to the folder you just created.

C:> cd C:\Users\myusername\Downloads\ssdn_python\

where C:\Users\myusername\Downloads\ssdn_python\ is the path in your file system.

If you need to switch to another drive you need to type:

C:> E:

if you want to go to drive “E:”, and then use cd (change directory) to navigate to the actual path.

[step 2] : check Python version

On some operating systems python will already be installed, before you go on, check whether you have the right version:

check which version you have:

$ python --version

If it is lower than 2.6 you will need to get a version higher than 2.6, but below version 3.

Make sure Python is in your path.

Alternatively you can provide the full path to python when invoking python, e.g.

C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe mypythonscript.py

[step 3] : Install setuptools

Setuptools is a tool to manage dependencies for Python packages, you can get it at setuptools at pypi.python.org and find install instructions there too.

  • Navigate to the extracted package
  • Type:
    C:> python ez_setup.py
    

[step 4] : Install the dependencies:

  • Navigate to pyosc and install:
    C:> cd pyosc
    C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe setup.py install
    C:> cd ..
    
  • Navigate to XBee.2.0.1 and install:
    C:> cd XBee2.0.1
    C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe setup.py install
    C:> cd ..
    
  • Navigate to pyserial-sensestage and install:
    C:> cd pyserial-sensestage
    C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe setup.py install
    

[step 5] : Pydon

C:> cd pydon
C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe setup.py install

For more information on python setup scripts, see the python documentation.

Starting the program

You can now start the program with:

C:> cd scripts
C:> C:\Python2-7\python.exe pydongui.py

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6 February 2017 20 May 2017