Visual Micro is a free Arduino programming Add-In for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008-2013 and for Atmel Studio 6.1-6.2 that allows any Arduino project to be developed, compiled and then uploaded to any Arduino board.
Visual Micro is fully compatible with the Arduino development environment and uses the same libraries, source code and development tools. The difference lies in Visual Micro's user interface which provides an advanced and professional development environment, which allows for more advanced development than the existing Arduino IDE.
compatible with all Arduino versions up to 1.5.6 + all Arduino boards and clones
What does the term "IDE" mean?
In this documentation, you will often find the term "IDE". This is an industry standard term meaning Integrated DevelopmentEnvironment, that is a software application that incorporates a source code editor, build tools such as a compiler and a debugging system. The IDE is used to write, edit, build and test your software. Whilst Arduino's IDE provides a basic starter level IDE, Visual Micro in conjunction with Microsoft Visual Studio or Atmel Studio provides an enhanced and more functional IDE.
How the Software Tools Work Together
1. Start your IDE
2. Setting up Visual Micro
If it is the first time after you have installed Arduino for Visual Micro, the Configuration Manager will pop up where you can configure your system. Visual Micro must know the version and installation path of your Arduino software that you have installed previously, see the Getting Started page, step 1. This also applies to similar IDEs like mpIDE or Energia.
The Configuration manager looks like this:
Now the initial setup of your system is done. You can now continue by creating your first project or by opening an existing project. Learn more on this page
Not available in the visual studio express versions, if you do not have Visual Studio Pro then please use Atmel Studio 6.2 it is free!
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Only micro-controllers made by Atmel Corp. are supported in the Atmel Studio version