This page will detail how to install and setup EZ-Builder on your computer. It will cover everything you need to get started with EZ-Robots. The ‘Start Here’ guide that is included in every box is also an extremely useful tool. Please note that EZ-Builder currently only works on Windows (not Macs or Chromebooks).
Find the green button labelled “Download EZ-Builder Installer.msi” and click on it. (1) Once it’s downloaded, click on the file to open it. (2)
This prompt or a similar one like it may pop up. Click on “Run”.
The subsequent pages will be listed in the above window. Click the buttons as follows:
If a security prompt shows up, click on “Yes”.
Click on “Finish”.
Your computer may ask to install necessary C++ or C# .net structure code. This is normal, and you should allow it to happen, as often the software will automatically go and find the necessary files. If you have any issues, please contact email@example.com. Now you have properly installed EZ-Builder. However, there are a few more things to do before we can be fully set up.
Step 2: Setting Up EZ-Builder
Above is the EZ-Builder home page that you should see.
You may get a pop-up that looks like the one above. Clicking on one of the images takes you to the EZ-Robot website tutorial section. In there you can find a multitude of tutorials for everything the robot can do. This is useful later if you have problems, but for now, you can click “Skip”.
We now have to login to an account or create one. There are two options:
You create your own EZ-Robot account. This allows you to have your own EZ-Cloud and restrict anyone from accessing your projects that are not labelled as public. This gives you the most flexibility.
You can create a general account that everyone can use. This allows projects to be shared between students, which may be a positive or a negative. A potential problem is that students may end up deleting other student’s projects, as they all have access to every project stored on the cloud.
For either one, first you must go to the “Options” tab, and then click on the button “Account Settings”.
At this point, you can choose whether to make a general account, or to create individual ones.
If you created an account and logged in correctly, it should give you this popup.
Now that we have logged in, we need to sync the bit library. At the top left, click on the “Project” tab, then the button that is labelled “Library”.
In the new window that pops up, click “Sync Now”. Allow it to sync.
Wait for the process to complete, then click “Close” at the bottom left.
Setting Example Projects to Read-Only
As sometimes projects can become corrupted or lost, it is important to set the example project files to ‘read-only’. This means that they cannot be overwritten, and you will always have a project that can operate the robot ready to go. You will need to do this if you ever update EZ-Builder as well. If you installed the EZ-Builder in the default place, follow the instructions below.
Open the Start Menu, type in “Run”, and hit Enter.
Copy and paste in this line: C:\Users\Public\Documents\EZ-Builder\Examples
Then highlight all of the projects as shown above by clicking and dragging. Right click on one of the projects and select “Properties”.
In the Attributes section, check off the box labelled “Read-Only” and click “Apply”.
Now the example project files cannot be overwritten.
Troubleshooting and Assistance
If you have any problems with setting up EZ-Builder, or if there are any issues with this guide, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance.