This is the first in a series of articles on how to
customize MakerPlot. By its very name, MakerPlot hints at
this customization feature and, of course, that’s why we
call it “The DIY Software Kit.” Unlike most hardware kits
that have only one or maybe two primary functions,
MakerPlot is an open-ended software GUI that has no
practical limits in terms of what can be built.
As always, if you haven’t already done so, you can
download a free 30 day trial copy of MakerPlot from
www.makerplot.com to follow along. If you like what you
see and what it does, you can order it from the NV
Webstore at a discounted price. Let’s get going.
If you’re new to these articles, we refer to the GUI as
an interface that’s populated with controls like meters,
buttons, switches, text boxes, and one or more plot areas.
Figure 1 is an example of the discrete screen areas within
the MakerPlot GUI. Line and bar graph plotting occurs in
the plot area(s), while the object area(s) are where the
The DIY Software Kit
By John Gavlik
and Martin Hebel
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In previous articles, we've
shown you what MakerPlot
can do right out of the box.
Now, we're going to show
you what MakerPlot can
become in your hands
because we're going to give
you all the tools you'll need
to construct whatever GUI
you want in order to
capture, plot, log, and
manipulate your micro's
analog and digital data.
54 May 2014
Figure 1. MakerPlot interface areas.
Figure 2. The standard interface.