This is where you can download the latest versions of the App & File Register; USB Folders & Files; and the KookaIDE and Teacher's Window.
Before clicking on the images below to download documents and files, please take the time to read and digest the instructions and descriptions in the sections underneath.
Organisation of Folders and Files in the USB Memory
The “/app” Folder
This folder contains all the apps that are to appear in the menu on the screen when the Kookaberry is switched on. The “/” before the folder name shows that it is a file folder one level down from the general (root) level of the drive.
The “/lib” Folder
This folder contains collections of routine, pre-coded, library programmes that are accessed by the apps you make and dowloaded. These programmes (files) should not, once downloaded, need to be changed or altered by the user.
This is the general level of the drive and is where data and plain text files are stored. This is where the important Kappconfig .txt file is located.
Files created by Kookaberry apps will also be stored here from where they can be retrieved when connected to a computer. These include .csv (Excel) files containing the data measured during data logging activities (eg, count data from the CountMe app).
NOTE: Files generated by Kookaberry apps will not appear in the computer’s USB drive file directory until after the Kookaberry receiving the data exits the app and until after the Kookaberry has been reset.
This process happens automatically when switching from battery to USB power
The app folder.
Example app files
The lib folder
The root directory
Kookaberries are currently being supplied with the USB memory populated with nearly all of the files developed to date (December, 2019).
It is good practice to connect the Kookaberry (when first received) to a computer; make a copy of the USB memory drive; and paste it to another place in the computer where it can be copied or retrieved as required.
To do this,
- right-click the Drive (usually KOOKABERRY (D))
- click Copy
- Paste in a new safe location - preferably where they are backed up in the cloud eg, on OneDrive or a Google Drive
This new location should be the one into which all new files and revised versions of existing software should be loaded pending their transfer by drag-and-drop into the USB memories of connected Kookaberries.
KookaIDE & Teacher's window
The KookaIDE is a Windows-based editor specifically designed to interface with the Kookaberry's MicroPython programming language.
It also provides a Teacher's window to make the Kookaberry's screen visible on a classroom's smart board or monitor.
Download the KookaIDE from the link to the right and click the link below to learn how to run and operate it
Repairing the USB Memory
If the USB memory on a Kookaberry becomes corrupted for some reason (ie, the menu screen starts looking strange) then the drive should be formatted (ie cleaned out completely), and the folders and files copied and pasted back from the backup location
Corruption of the USB memory - which is very rare - generally occurs because the USB cable is disconnected when data is being transferred.
This can be avoided by either closing ???????? the KOOKABERRY drive before disconnecting, or checking that it is OK to eject the USB memory by clicking the little USB memory icon at the right of Taskbar at the bottom of your Windows computer.
The former is easier…..
To format the Kookaberry drive, right click on the drive name in the file Explorer menu (left hand screenshot below), and then click on Format (right hand screenshot).
A small window will appear when Format is clicked. Click Start.
A warning will now appear that formatting will erase ALL data on the disk. As this is what we are setting out to do - click on OK
The formatting will proceed and a popup window will advise that the operation has been completed. Close the Format window.
The KOOKABERRY (D) drive will now be empty.
Copy all the original files, plus all new or updated ones from the backed up location on your computer and paste them into the empty KOOKABERRY drive.
The Kookaberry will now work as well as it when you took it out of its original box