The MagPi issue 14, out today!

Your free copy of The MagPi, the magazine created by the Raspberry Pi community, is available from today.

This month’s cover star is the camera board; there’s an article from our very own JamesH, who has contributed a huge amount of work to the development of the board, and talks new users through the device. (He’s also extremely modest, and seems to have written the whole thing without mentioning that he worked on it, let alone that we simply wouldn’t have a camera board without him.) JamesH will continue with a second piece on the camera board next month, with more advanced users in mind; if you follow what he’s writing about this month you should be well-prepared for August’s article! I have promised James his choice of drinks for the evening later this week to thank him for all the work on this article – if you’ve got questions for him, leave them below and I’ll pass them on.

There’s lots of hardware besides the camera board to talk about this month: you’ll find a beginner’s tutorial using Python on the Pi to control the famously inexpensive Maplin robot arm, which makes a great starter project for budding roboticists wanting to get their heads around some of the basic concepts of physical computing. For advanced users, there’s the first part of a new input/output processor project, and Derek Campbell walks you through building your own Guzunty, a DIY expansion board. If you built the Pi Matrix from an earlier issue, you’ll learn more about controlling the individual LEDs as well as columns and lines of lights.

If you’re interested in setting up a Raspberry Pi event for families, there’s a article from Dr Mike Bartley and Caroline Higgins, who set up the Bristol Raspberry Pi Boot Camp. The Boot Camps are becoming very popular; there are events of all kinds popping up now, with Raspberry Jams, Raspberry Pint meetups, and much more, so you’re bound to be able to find a template that suits you if you fancy organising something yourself.

On the software side, there’s a continuation of the Charm tutorials, a piece on Java for beginners, and more advanced Python.

This is a packed issue; our huge thanks, as usual, to the MagPi team, who are all volunteers. Congratulations are also due to the MagPi folk for getting their binders full of the first year’s magazines out to their Kickstarter supporters; we’ve got a few of the binders in the office, and they’re really professional-looking bits of kit.

And please check out the ad on page 20; when you buy swag from us, you’re donating directly to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and helping us to train teachers, and get Pis and learning materials into the hands of kids.


solar3000 avatar

excellent cant wait to read it.
IO, LED matrix, can’t wait

JamesH avatar

The most interesting thing – the stonework in the background of the rather splendid picture of the author (ladies, form an orderly queue), is the southern pier of Ironbridge, nr Telford, the first, er, Iron Bridge.

Mark avatar

I must point out that I’ve seen that JamesH has directly replied to many comments about the camera board on the forum pages. His replies are always helpful and modest. He deserves MANY accolades for his work and his patience. Thanks James!

liz avatar

Couldn’t agree more: James rocks. Thanks James!

meltwater avatar

Yep. Always a mine of helpful information!
Hopefully not too annoyed with my questions (unless mine are directed automatically to a bot to answer instead).

Peter avatar

Downloading MagPi PDFs is so slow… Can we have some official torrent links?

Montekuri avatar

Haha – the camera board in the photo seems like a python snake :)

Don Doerres avatar

About the swag bit. Don’t hesitate to order swag if you are a Yankee. Put the swag on your credit card, and all the costs are automagically converted. I really like Babbage. Also, I love my coffee cup (in which I put coffee).

Joel B avatar

My apologies if this is a false alarm, but I just sent the MagPi folks an email asking if the “Download PDF” link had been hacked. It appears to redirect to a site called and appears to try to download another file called downloadfile.bin.

Keith avatar

Just downloaded this at 5:17 PM PST (California) time and it was fine.

meltwater avatar

Yes. That is a mirror we use, an unfortunate name but generously donated space.

Thanks for flagging it anyway, we would rather know if something is a little odd and fix it rather than not knowing at all.

meltwater avatar

As for the download.bin, may be a temp file used by your browser. If unsure delete it and try again.

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