2. Install Visual Studio

Visual Studio is a software development IDE from Microsoft. The community edition can be downloaded for free and gives you the power to create .Net applications. In this step, we'll use ARC to detect an existing installation of Visual Studio and download the latest.

Visual Studio 2022 Warning

As of 2022/02/01, there is a bug with Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 edition. We recommend installing the Visual Studio 2019 Community edition as a replacement. Microsoft is aware of the bug and has not decided to fix it yet. This message will be removed when/if Microsoft fixes the bug. You can read more about the bug HERE. If this is an inconvenience, feel free to contribute your feedback to the bug report on the bug report link.

1) Load ARC

2) Press Project -> Create Skill

3) The Create Robot Skill window will check for an existing installation of Visual Studio. If there is not one detected, a DOWNLOAD button will be presented.

4) Press the Download link if present, or get the Community Edition of Visual Studio by clicking here.

Ensure you have .Net 4.7.2 framework installed. If you keep up-to-date with Windows Updates and ARC runs without problems, then you must have .Net 4.7.2. Many programs are built with .Net 4.7.2 and therefore, it's uncommon for a computer not to have it. So, if ARC works, then you don't need to download and install .Net 4.7.2