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MakeBot is a simple IDE for Python. It is designed to allow students to start programming as quickly and easily as possible.

For my Lunar Repair Yard course, I needed an IDE for students to use which was intuitive and quick to learn. The command line works well once you know how, but I wanted to have the absolutely shortest learning curve possible so my students could get to the fun stuff right away. The interface is simple and elegant, not covered with buttons and side panels so as to not confuse the subject: your program.

What's New

Version 1.4.2:
  • Works on Intel and PowerPC Maces, OSX 10.4 or greater
  • New mpkg installer that has separate parts for applications, frameworks, and site-packages/MakeBot.pth.
  • Includes universal binary forms of pygame, OpenGL, numarray, PyObjc, and py2app.
  • Publish command works for some programs but not all. We're still working on this. Patches welcome.
  • When run the more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Name Member IconReview+3

This is a great application, creating
such an application must be an
enormous effort.

Here are the best features in my eyes:
- Interactive split view (for run-time and scripts)
- Great syntax colouring
- Drag and drop.
- Automatic saving on run
- Automatic calculation of run-time
- Smart reports on script execution and failure

Wish list:
- Customisable fonts
- Remember window position & size
- Better buttons (consider brushed metal,
with mini textured buttons
- Favourites menu for scripts

This is the best tool to learn
Python, absolutely.

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Version 1.0
PigZelner Member IconReview+3

Nice! I like this one much better than PythonIDE, which lacks color syntax. I can't find any gui debug options in MakeBot, but I guess that's ok for a newbie like me!
Since the MakeBot has a very friendly user interface (like one-click on a button to run your program), I recommend it to everyone who are similar to me, those who are learning Python.

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Downloads 4,142
Version Downloads 1,105
License Free
Date 20 Jul 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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