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Would anybody at NXP want to get some feedback regarding the new MCUXpresso IDE?

Question asked by Michael Kraft on Apr 22, 2017
Latest reply on Apr 22, 2017 by Erich Styger

Hi there,

 

I am using the MCUXpresso IDE now since a week about 8 hours a day and would really like to share some impressions I got. Just for info: I am using the IDE to develop an USB isochronous app on an ARM Cortex M0+.

 

What I found impressingly positive so far, is the speed of compilation and uploading, a rather annoying issue with lots of other IDEs. With the MCUXpresso this is very well solved and merits 5 stars to my opinion.

 

But, (of course there is a "but") I am dazzled by the unorganized, over-crammed and illogically setup user interface, especially the menu and the toolbars. There is loads of space for improovement. A single star nearly is too good.

 

Let's start with the obvious: Where is the "View" menu? Where is the "Tool" menu? The entire menu structure reminds me of the IDEs from 20 Years ago. Back then, it took you at least a month until you finally had figured out where everything is. And 2 weeks to forget it again. Why do I have to repeat this experience?

Actually there is already a broad consense of what an IDE User Interface should look like. As an example, please take a look at the Atmel Studio 7 UI (No, I am not working for Atmel!), because it is actually pretty well done. (Evenso it could really be a bit faster).

Also I miss the usual VC++ editor features as e.g. vertical text selection and text macros. For a good IDE these are a must.

 

Again, I do not want to leave the impression that the MCUXpresso is a bad tool - at the contrary, I enjoy working with it. But it really needs still some overworking before it will reach its full potential.

 

Thanks, and please add and reply,

Michael

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