Category Archives: Releases

Version 0.8.3a brings options and manuals!

optionsWith the release of version 0.8.3a we now have a facility for providing board-level compilation options.  These are options which can be defined at either the board, core or compiler level (or any combination of the three) and allow the enabling and disabling of various compiler flags.

That could be as simple as turning on/off compiler warnings, or as complex as changing the entire way the core compiles.

It’s great for such things as optionally enabling USB support for a board, or dynamically compiling for different clock speeds, etc.  Anywhere where you have multiple versions of the same board which differ from just a few compiler options (such as -D macros) you can now combine the boards into a single board and use options to configure it as you like when you like.

The option system is detailed in the wiki at http://uecide.org/wiki/index.php/Options

Another great addition is the ability to include a manual PDF file in with a board.  The board directive “manual=…” can point to a file (typically PDF, but doesn’t need to be) stored within the board definition folder somewhere, which is then linked to by an entry in the Help menu: “Manual for <board name>”.  I was basically fed up of googling the manual for a specific board every time I wanted to check a pin arrangement, etc, so I thought this would be a much better way to have the manuals at my fingertips without needing to download them every time or try and remember where I saved them before.

The menu entry changes as you select a different board, and if there is no manual for that board in the definition then the manual menu entry will be hidden.

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Version 0.8.2a released

A new version of UECIDE – version 0.8.2a – is now available for download.

The major change in this update is the addition of what I am calling “SAR” files. These are “Sketch ARchives”, which are basically a JAR file (which itself is just a special ZIP file) which contains information about a sketch, the sketch folder itself, and any contributed libraries the sketch uses.

You can now export your sketch as a SAR file, email it to someone, post it on a forum, whatever, and someone else can then import that SAR file, and it should just compile straight off for them. No hunting around for the right libraries, etc – just one file with it all in.

You can also use it for archiving sketches. Because it bundles all the required libraries in with the sketch you won’t have the problem of hunting the internet for the right libraries when you dust off that old project you started two years ago.

And because it’s basically a ZIP file you can even unzip it manually to get at the data in it, so you’re not really restricted to using it with UECIDE. It’s just easier if you do.