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MPLAB basic questions

Hi, 
 
I have some basic questions regarding MPLAB.
 
Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ? 
 
What is the difference between MPLAB X IDE and IPE ? 
 
Is there any other feature or benefit of PRO license other then optimization ? 
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 10:49:04 (permalink)
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    MPLab X is the IDE.  Compilers are separate.
    MPLab X os Only Free.
    The Compilers are available in Pro (paid)  or Free Mode.
    MPLab X is for development and debugging.
    IPE is for Programming Only.
     
    Is there any other feature or benefit of PRO license other then optimization ? , No.
     
     
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 10:55:31 (permalink)
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    MPLAB X IPE only for programming, is this downloading and burning program with ICD or PICKIT etc ? 
    What does it means that compilers are available in Pro paid mode and also Free mode ?  
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 11:36:44 (permalink)
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    Yes with an ICD or PICKit.

    Pro mode, gives you better optimizations, but you need to pay money for it. Free is less optimizations, and is free.
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 11:42:44 (permalink)
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    MPLAB X IPE only for programming, do I need any license to work with ICD or PICKIT ? 
     
    Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ? 
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 11:45:38 (permalink)
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    john0bravo
    MPLAB X IPE only for programming, do I need any license to work with ICD or PICKIT ? 

    Only a license to think.
    john0bravo
    Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ? 

    Yes. MPLAB X doesn't do any compilation, building, or hex file generation. The compiler does all that.




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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 12:05:15 (permalink)
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    MPLAB X IPE only for programming, do I need any license to work with ICD or PICKIT ? 
    No.
     
    Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ? 
    No, Just Optimization.
     
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 13:45:38 (permalink)
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    MPLAB X IPE only for programming, do I need any license to work with ICD or PICKIT ? 
     
    Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ?

    You're asking the wrong questions.
    NKurzman has already told you that the "IDE" (MPLABX) is separate from the compilers (XC8, XC16 etc).
    The IDE is free. There is no licensed version.
    The compilers are separate pieces of software. You install whichever compiler you want to use after you install the IDE.
    It is the compiler which has a PRO mode that enables extra optimisation. That is the ONLY difference between the PRO mode and the FREE mode of the compiler.
     
     

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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 14:37:13 (permalink)
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    john0bravo
    Is there any limit on free version of MPLAB X IDE when it comes to compilation, building project and hex file generation ? 


    As already explained above, MPLAB X IDE is just an integrated development environment (IDE), a software suite that consolidates basic tools required to write and test software, it doesn't do the actual compilation. It calls the compiler which does this in the background.
    Depending on the PIC you are using, beside the MPLAB X IDE, you will still need to install either XC8 compiler (for 8-bit MCUs like PIC16F, PIC18F, etc) or XC16 ( for 16-bit MCUs) or XC32 (for 32-bit MCUs).
    The IDE is completely free, but the compilers there are free and paid versions.
    The free version as got no time limit, code size or any other limitation except for the code optimization as explained above. 

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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 23:07:58 (permalink)
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    I guess the Free version of compilers support most of the PIC devices, right ? and the Free compilers can generate hex file according to PIC ROM at max and there is no limit on code length or limit on size of hex file as long as it is ok with PIC ROM, right ? 
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/18 23:22:51 (permalink)
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    I guess the Free version of compilers support most of the PIC devices, right ?

    They support ALL of them.
    How many ways can we say "the only difference is how much optimisation is available" before you get it?
     

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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/19 01:13:20 (permalink)
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    I guess two or three times more is required. LoL: LoL
     
    1. the only difference is how much optimisation is available
    2. the only difference is how much optimisation is available
    3. the only difference is how much optimisation is available
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    Re: MPLAB basic questions 2019/09/19 02:22:29 (permalink)
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    Thanks. 
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