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Embedded Development Studio upgrade

Embedded software tools developer, Crossware, has released version 5.0 of its Embedded Development Studio, which it says includes a range of features designed to speed up and simplify the software development process.

Version 5.0 of the Embedded Development Studio supports all of the microprocessor and microcontroller development tools in the Crossware portfolio and extends its range of features.

New features include tabbed document views with tear-off tabs; compiler decorated source code views with collapsible blocks; bookmark and C/C++ navigation views with drag-and-drop tunneling and integrated multi-media documentation combining text, images and movie clips.

In addition, Crossware says the new version incorporates improved searching and viewing of the electronic documentation, as well as a double click status bar to open Go To Line Number dialogue.

Alan Harry, Crossware's founder and ceo, said: "Our aim with this new version of our Embedded Development Studio was to create a Windows development environment that allows programmers to concentrate on the primary task of software development - to make the process quicker, more flexible, intuitive, and self configuring."
A new feature is the tabbed document views option which allows an open document to be brought into view by clicking its tab. This is designed to simplify the task of switching between open documents and viewing which documents are open.
Tearing off a tab allows the document view to float anywhere on the desktop. This allows flexible use of the desktop and allows the maximum advantage to be taken of a system with multiple monitors. For example, source code can be edited full screen on a second monitor. Tearing off a terminal emulator tab, allowing it to remain visible at all times makes it easier to observe as it updates itself with incoming data.

Documentation topic tabs can be torn off multiple times allowing multiple documentation topics to be arranged on the desktop. Documentation topics can now contain audio-visual movie clips, as well as text and still images, and torn off topics allow these video clips to be readily reviewed as well as allowing the text and still images to be easily referred to while editing source code.

Chris Shaw

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