It is possible to explore and use the APM hardware without having to adopt the ArduPilot or ArduCopter code.

The DIYd open source community has provided a full set of examples which enable us to easily see how each hardware element works.

These examples will be found on the "File" menu in the Arduino IDE, or in the "Micro Explorer" in Microsoft Visual Studio.

There are a few additional benefits of the Visual Studio system compared with the Arduino IDE such as the ability to explore examples without the need to create a new project. This becomes very useful if we are writing or extending drone software and a quick reference guide.

Arduino for Visual Studio Professional is free

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Comment by Andrew Fernie on November 23, 2012 at 11:40am

Both free and priceless!

I can't imagine working without it.

Comment by wnqwang on November 23, 2012 at 7:37pm

Is Visual Studio a free software?

Comment by AVS on November 24, 2012 at 12:28pm

Visual Studio Professional free for at least 3 years, it does not work in express so you will need to sign up for the free offer if you not have a copy of pro


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