VStabi for MAC
2015 (v5.3, v6.1)
The VBar-Software is running on recent and current Apple Macintosh Computers. You find the download links on the VBar-Homepage. By default, the latest software (corresponding to the latest PC-Software) is available.
The following versions of OS X have been tested: Mac OS X 10.4.11-10.11.1 on MacBook Pro (Mid 2007, that's where the serial driver library has been developed on), iMac 24“ (Mid 2007), MacBook Air (2011), MacBook Air (2013).
10.3 might work, 10.2 on G4 Macs doesn't, sorry. We appreciate any further info on what works and what doesn't.
The installation is typically Mac – unzip and open the DMG volume, then copy the VBar-Folder to your /Applications directory. That's it.
There you find some apps brandishing the red V.
VStabi – the regular App for use with Express and Standard software
VStabi Bluetooth – the App for use with a Bluetooth module to connect to your VBar
VStabi Simulation – the App for playing around with the software without having a device connected
or, for version 6.1
VBar NEO – the regular App for use with Express and Pro/Pro+Rescue
VBar Control Manager – needed for updates and registration
... and the latest driver – a driver that will connect to ANY VBar, no matter how it's set up.
Those who install it for the first time won't have to do anything but install it.
Those who already have an older version will possibly have to make a safe system start once, to clear the driver caches.
This driver can be used with v4, too!
Important notice on driver installation:
With OS X it can be necessary to delete the old driver manually, then do a safe system-start, then install the new driver.
1. Browse to /System/Library/Extensions in Finder
2. Locate the two files/folders (drivers) named SiLabsUSBDriver.kext and SiLabsUSBDriver64.kext, delete them (need admin-password).
3. Make a safe system-start. Hold the left shift key while booting, until the progress bar shows. After completion, reboot normally.
4. Install the new driver.
Important notice on start-up sequence:
1. Connect the USB lead to your Mac (no other device such as BT, CP allowed at the same time)
2. Start up software
3. Turn on your radio, your heli, wait for the init
4. When you disconnect your VBar from your Mac, quit the software. Start again when needed.
Simple. At first, you will have to connect VBar using a cable connection (disconnect the BT-module while doing so, only one interface to VBar at a time!). Now set the PIN for your BT-module (e. g. a 4 digit number "1234"). With Express Software, the PIN is set to 1111 by default and can not be changed. Important notice: a leading '0' is not allowed, so '0123' won't work, '123' will.
Turn off VBar, remove the cable, connect the BT module, power on again: VBar writes the PIN to the BT-module.
Use the blue "Connector"-Button to select the module in VBar – just wait a few moments at the first time until it shows and asks for the PIN – that's it :o)
You can also pair the device using System Preferences / Bluetooth.