Microcode Studio Plus 5.0: A Powerful IDE for PICBASIC PRO Compiler
If you are looking for a visual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with In Circuit Debugging (ICD) capability for your PIC microcontroller projects, you may want to check out Microcode Studio Plus 5.0. This software is designed specifically for microEngineering Labs PICBASIC PROâ compiler, which is a popular and easy-to-use BASIC compiler for PIC microcontrollers.
In this article, we will introduce some of the features and benefits of Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 and how it can help you develop and debug your PICBASIC PRO code faster and easier.
What is Microcode Studio Plus 5.0
Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 is a commercial software that requires a license key to activate. A license key costs $49.95 and allows you to install the software on up to 3 computers[^1^]. The license key also enables online updates and free technical support for one year. Once installed, Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 will continue to function perpetually.
Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 is compatible with PICBASIC PRO compiler version 3.0 or later. If you have an older version of the compiler, you will need to upgrade it first before using Microcode Studio Plus 5.0.
Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 offers some very useful advanced features, in addition to those found in the standard version of Microcode Studio that comes with PICBASIC PRO compiler. Some of these features include:
An ICD Model Creator Wizard that allows you to create your own ICD model files for new devices
More ICD model files than the standard version
A MicroCode Loader software that allows you to program your PIC microcontroller without using a hardware programmer
What are the benefits of using Microcode Studio Plus 5.0
Using Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 can help you improve your productivity and efficiency when developing and debugging your PICBASIC PRO code. Some of the benefits of using Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 are:
You can edit, compile, debug and program your PIC microcontroller using a graphical interface and a range of tools
You can enjoy full syntax highlighting of your code with context sensitive keyword help and syntax hints
You can easily jump to include files, symbols, defines, variables, labels and other elements in your code using the code explorer window
You can identify and correct compilation and assembler errors using the error results window
You can view serial output from your microcontroller using the serial port monitor window
You can access keyword based context sensitive help for PICBASIC PRO commands and functions
You can use the ICD feature to animate each line of source code in the main editor window, showing you which program line is currently being executed by the host microcontroller
You can toggle multiple breakpoints and step through your code line by line using the ICD feature
You can watch variables and registers in real time using the ICD feature
You can use the LCD display module simulator, oscilloscope and logic analyzer tools to test and visualize your code output
How to get started with Microcode Studio Plus 5.0
If you are interested in trying out Microcode Studio Plus 5.0, you can download a free trial version from the official website of microEngineering Labs at https://melabs.com/microcode-studio-plus/. The trial version will allow you to use all the features of Microcode Studio Plus 5.0 for 15 days.
If you want to purchase a license key for Microcode Studio Plus 5.0, you can visit the online store of ME Labs at http://store.melabs.com/prod/software/MCSPX-FULL.html or the online store of Mecanique UK at https://www.mecanique.co.uk/shop/index.phproute=product/product&product_id=50.
After purchasing a license key, you will receive an email with a download link and instructions on how to activate your software.