This is to let all AVR users know that we plan to offer a better WINDOWS AVR debugger to replace STUDIO.
The first release of the debugger, will just take Imagecraft C compiler output and allow In-Circuit-Debugging, the 2nd release will control our ICE, and the third release subject to customer demand, will include control of ATMEL ICE200. We plan to issue a FREE trial version for download from the web to allow customers to try it out, but it will require the special FLASH debug circuit, so you will either need to obtain one of our 3in1 kits or mod your (STK ??) boards. The reason for doing a special debug circuit is it allows the size of the debug code running on the AVR to be the smallest possible, allowing more space for your own app. Our current trials indicate the debugger will consume less than 255 bytes. A full version of the debugger will be available for purchase for minimum dollars. I hope that AVR users are prepared to pay a little for tools that work, hopefully ATMEL will also see the sense in this. Our IDE is a true WIN32 bit application, and has a proper C debugging interface, with full structure display. We will put a beta version on the AVRfreaks web site when it close to release, so that you can try it out. On the ISP side of things, we recommend using the Imagecraft ISP programming built-into their IDE, which is compatible with our 3in1 boards/ICE. We use Lanconelli's ISP circuit, and recommend his software also.
Our debugger will not have a simulator (no need if you have an ISD). If anyone wants to write a DLL to get it working with GNU C Compiler output, please contact us.