Universal Logicator

Product Details

Logicator was voted the top UK control software in a national survey by the Fisher Family Trust and one of the eight most used software titles in D&T departments in UK schools. For an independant review please click here.

Universal Logicator teaches programming via flowcharts, which can be used to control on screen simulations (e.g. the Ghost Train) or via real-world interfaces.  For the PICAXE version of this software (a completely separate product) please see Logicator for PICAXE.

Universal Logicator empowers pupils to  create a control program by simply dragging commands onto the screen and drawing lines between them. Command instructions are simply set at the click of a mouse. Students see the results instantly as their program runs; and it’s easy to edit so they can quickly develop their ideas.

Universal Logicator comes with 14 Soft System Simulations, providing a series of incremental control problems based on real life systems. Each simulation has a free student manual and example Logicator flowcharts.

Interfaces

Universal Logicator is quickest and most effective way to teach computer control - and .works with almost any control box. Universal Logicator software offers a complete solution for the control of models. It can be used with all common 'buffer box' style interfaces, including: 
  • Economatics - Smart Box, Discovery and Control Station
  • Lego - RCX, Scout, Model B and NXT
  • Deltronics - Control IT, Junior and Senior (Control & Datacapture)
  • Commotion - Coco Serial , Coco USB, Coco Junior
  • Data Harvest - FlowGo, Contact Controller, Contact Controller Plus
  • Fischertechnik - Intelligent Interface 30402, Robo Interface 93293
  • Unilab - Serial Computer Module

 If you require a new interface we can also supply:

  • DEL010 Deltronics Junior Interface (4 inputs, 4 outputs, 2 motors, 4 analogue)  @ £79.00
  • DEL020 Deltronics Senior Interface (6 inputs, 6 outputs, 4 motors, 4 analogue)  @ £125 £89.00

 New Version 7 Features 

  • New Ghost Train Soft System Animation – uses games-quality animated graphics and new control feature linked to video playback
  • Improved Flowchart Editor
  • New Soft System Editor – allows the creation of Animated Soft Systems from pictures and AVI files
  • Speedy drawing of routes
  • Easy insertion and deletion of rows and columns
  • New style menu bars
  • Easy movement of blocks of cells
  • European languages built-in - Can be easily configured to work in English, French, German and Spanish

Version 7 Purchasing Options

  • LGC035 New V7 Junior School Site Licence (£189.00)
  • LGC030 New V7 Secondary (High) School Site Licence (£395.00)
  • LGC033 New V7 Single User Home Licence (£15)
  • LGC031 V7 Secondary Upgrade from any older version 1-6 (£75.00)
  • LGC036 V7 Junior Upgrade from any older version 1-6 (£50.00)
  • LGC034 Secondary Competitive Upgrade from any other flowcharting software (£195.00)

The Junior version has a simplified interface (simpler flowcharts without the use of variables), is supplied with 4 simulations and supports all the same buffer box interfaces as the Secondary version. Both versions can be downloaded free of charge (see the Resources tab above) and run for evaluation in demo version (no saving/printing in demo mode).

Free Teaching Resources

Supermarket       Supermarket        Control and Monitoring

For a range of free downloadable teaching resources including teaching worksheets, example Logicator flowcharts and a flash 'Control and Monitoring' presentation please see the Resources tab above.

 

Specification

A site licence can be used on any number of computers at that site. It may also be used on teachers' laptops for lesson preparation.

Supported on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, and runs on all school networks such as CC3 or CC4.

If you require a new buffer box interface we can supply:

  • DEL010 Deltronics Junior Interface (4 inputs, 4 outputs, 2 motors, 4 analogue)  @ £79.00
  • DEL020 Deltronics Senior Interface (6 inputs, 6 outputs, 4 motors, 4 analogue)  @ £125 Sale: £89.00

 

Other Supported Interfaces: 

  • Economatics - Smart Box, Discovery and Control Station
  • Lego - RCX, Scout, Model B and NXT
  • Deltronics - Control IT, Junior and Senior Control & Datacapture
  • Commotion - Coco Serial , Coco USB, Coco Junior
  • Data Harvest - FlowGo, Contact Controller, Contact Controller Plus
  • Fischertechnik - Intelligent Interface 30402, Robo Interface 93293
  • Unilab - Serial Computer Module

Soft System Simulations (included free of charge): 

  • Ghost Train
  • Carpark
  • Funfair
  • Haunted House
  • Home Security
  • Plant Care
  • Pelican Crossing
  • Burglar Alarm
  • Greenhouse
  • Washing Machine
  • Log Flume
  • Disco (*not currently Windows 7/8 compatible)
  • Drinks Machine
  • Supermarket Checkout

The 'Junior' version has a simplified user interface so the 'variables' based commands (which are not normally used in simpler flowcharts) are not available. It is supplied with 4 on-screen soft system simulations and supports all the interfaces listed above.

Resources

Universal Logicator (v7.2.2 Full download)
This download will also work in demo mode for users wishing to evaluate the software
Universal Logicator
Universal Logicator (v7.2.2 Patch)
Small update patch for existing users.
Logicator Patch
Junior Logicator (v7.2.2 Full download)
This download will also work in demo mode for users wishing to evaluate the software.
Logicator Junior
Junior Logicator (v7.2.2 Patch)
Small update patch for existing users.
Junior Patch
Zip File of Teaching Resources
Soft Simulation worksheets and example Logicator files.
Teaching Resources
Control Flash Presentation
Free introductory 'Control and Monitoring' presentation for students.
Control Flash
Economatics SmartBox Drivers SmartBox Drivers

Video

Revision History

Logicator Software Revision History 7.2.2 - Fixed issue opening some Soft Simulation files - Junior version now supports play command 7.2.1 - Play command can now use new (>version 9) Media Player for Vista/7 compatibility 7.2.0 - Fixed issues with Lego NXT and RCX reflected light sensors - Added support for new NXT Lego RGB Colour Sensor - Added support for new NXT HiTechnic Colour Sensor - Added support for new NXT Lego Temperature Sensor 7.1.2 - Fixed issues with COM port connecting on some computers - Added support for 'slanted' input/output cell shape 7.1.1 - Added Language Options 7.1.0 - Added Ghost Trains Soft System - Updated manual - Modified all dialog boxes so they are now always displayed over top of panels - Added automatic 'panel hide' feature whilst drawing (Options menu) - Re-arranged menus slightly for increased clarity (added Options menu) - Enhanced toolbar graphics and clarity - Improved line drawing routines and user interface (right click no longer required) - Improved line deletion routines - Added 'Swap Yes and No' option to Edit menu - Added insert/delete row/column options to Edit menu and right click pop-up - Dropping a cell over an existing cell now auto inserts an extra row for the new cell - Corrected columns only being added in multiples of 3 6.66 - Added support for AVI animations in Soft Systems 6.65 - Fixed communication bug with Contact Controller Interfaces 6.64 - Reversed NXT ambient/reflected light sensor labels - Added support for NXT intelligent i2c Sensors - Added support for NXT intelligent 9V i2c Sensors, including Ultrasonic, Compass, Colour, Accelerometer, irSeeker - Gyro sensor also supported (use ambient light setting) - Improved NXT response time 6.63 - Added support for many additional interfaces - Added Command List sections - Added registration system - Added Simulations - Fixed SmartBox motor speed bug 5.61 - Corrected issue opening COM10 - Added additional serial port options COM11-COM28 - Added COM port 'setup' button to see which COM port a USB adapter is using - Corrected cursor hourglass issue when invalid drag-drop cell action occured - Corrected issue with display of inputs 5 and 6 5.60 - Added Control Station 'remote run' feature - Added In/Out cells

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