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On the box the QuickStart comes in is a link
to the starter page for it:
To be fair, all websites are living entities;
none of them are perfect, and this one could
stand a bit of updating (which, I'm told, is in
the works) — but it's still loaded with a lot of
great information for those that have never
used the Propeller. It mentions two tools:
1) The Propeller Tool which was written by
Parallax and runs in Windows (and
emulators), and 2) BST (Brad's Spin Tool)
which is a cross-platform clone of the
Propeller Tool. BST hasn't been updated in
quite a while and nobody is quite sure of its
future except, perhaps, the use of its
command-line compiler (BSTC) that is very
popular with hardcore developers.
What is sure, however, is Parallax's
commitment to a cross-platform tool for the
Propeller. Regular readers will remember I
mentioned a cross-platform tool being
developed by Parallax called SimpleIDE. In
fact, SimpleIDE uses BSTC for compilation
which allows for the removal of unused
methods, shrinking the actual size of code
downloaded into the Propeller chip. BSTC
may ultimately be replaced with another
compiler — one that can support the
Propeller 1 and Propeller 2 (nearing
completion of development) chips. Even if
this happens, it will be transparent to
If you can run Windows, the easiest
route is using the Propeller Tool. It is
annoyingly missing standard GUI features
(toolbar), but it does get the job done. Plus,
a popular feature is the color highlighting of
code blocks. Figure 2 shows the Propeller
Tool with a section of my template for the
If you'd like to give SimpleIDE a shot, be
sure to download the latest update for your
favorite OS from this link: https://code.
As I write this, the latest update is 0.8.5.
Note that SimpleIDE was originally
designed for the PropGCC compiler. It
turned into such a nice tool that many of us
asked that it ultimately replace the Propeller
Tool; this would give Propeller programmers
a very nice cross-platform multi-language
tool. As such, SimpleIDE is project based,
even for very simple (single file) applications.
Select Project\New Project and use the
drop-down in the New Project dialog to
■ FIGURE 2. The Propeller Tool.
■ FIGURE 3. Start a SimpleIDE project.
■ FIGURE 4. Starter project.
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