Opening an Existing Arduino Sketch
If you already have projects created in the classic Arduino IDE, then you
can create Visual Studio/Atmel Studio projects from them and continue to
work in Visual Studio/Atmel Studio.
- Click on File > Open > Arduino Project
(with .INO or .PDE file extension).
- or -
- Click on File > Open > File
- Select an .INO or .PDE file from an existing sketch in
your Arduino project directory
Visual Micro will ask if you want to
create a new project. If you answer "Yes", then Visual Micro
will create a Visual Studio/Atmel Studio project from the .INO, .PDE and
.CPP files in this folder.
Visual Micro as well as the original Arduino IDE require
that the main .ino file and the disk folder containing this file have
the same name.
The main .ino file is the one that contains the setup() and loop()
Your screen should look like this:
Now you can start editing your code.
Since Visual Micro uses the build tools that came
with your original IDE (like the Arduino IDE), opening an existing
project won't change anything to your source files.
If you ever decide to go back to the Original Arduino IDE: No problem, Visual Micro projects are backward
compatible, so you can open such projects in the original IDE at any time.
However, if you use some advanced features of Visual Micro, then your
project cannot be used anymore in the Arduino IDE.
This instruction shows the easy steps
that are needed to make such a advanced project compatible with the Arduino IDE
Continue by Setting up your board model and connection.