upgrade to 1.6.8

I am a newbee.

Can somebody tell me how I can upgrade from1.6.5 to 1.6.8 without loosing all my work? Is there a standard upgrade process? Thanks,

The only way you will lose work when you upgrade is if you have added any files or made any changes to the Arduino IDE installation folder. As long as your sketchbook folder is located in a different location, it will not be affected. There are quite a few library installation instructions out there that tell you to install libraries to the Arduino IDE installation folder which is not the right way. You should always install libraries to the libraries folder in your sketchbook. So if you have anything in the installation folder move it before upgrading. Now, as for whether upgrading from 1.6.5 is actually a good idea, I have to warn you that there have been some bugs(and some improvements) introduced since 1.6.5. 1.6.8 even has a bug that prevents some Windows users from being able to upload to their Arduino. Quite a few of the regulars here on the forum are recommending against usingupgrading from 1.6.5. Personally, I like to use the latest version always and haven't had many problems but your results may vary. I actually have multiple versions of the IDE installed which might be something to consider if you want to give 1.6.8 a try.

1.6.5r5 is what I recommend people use at this point :-/

The Arduino team has been on a three release losing streak. IMO, at least 1.6.8 (and probably 1.6.6) should have been pulled when the severity of the bugs was recognized.

pert:
Quite a few of the regulars here on the forum are recommending against using 1.6.5.

Do you mean “recommending against using 1.6.8”? I haven’t seen any recommendations against 1.6.5, as far as I can remember. (Which isn’t very long. :smiley: )

OldSteve:
Do you mean “recommending against using 1.6.8”?

Oops, I meant recommending against upgrading from 1.6.5.

pert: Oops, I meant recommending against upgrading from 1.6.5.

Oh good - I can keep using V1.6.5 without worrying. (Not that I was really worried.) Thanks for clarifying.

Pert, Thank you very much for your information and Advise. Cheer!