GCB@Syn is an IDE for Great Cow Basic created and maintained by
Frank Steinberg, see www.FrankSteinberg.de for more information on the
author. The IDE is for Great Cow Basic. Great Cow Basic is an open source
basic compiler for AVR and PIC microcontrollers.
Updated 24th November 2013
GCB@Syn is a set of free software and config-files, configured for the use
with Great Cow Basic and programmer software.
for the IDE download.
- No installation, intended to work OUT OF THE BOX. Just start the
IDE.exe in the root folder
- complete GreatCowBasic compiler
- compiler calls configurable via batchfiles
- SynWrite editor
- syntax highlighting
- code folding
- sub/function list
- context sensitive help (F1)
- multifile tabs
- doubleclick on compiler errors leads to source code-line
- one click assemble/compile/flash microcontroller (F5, F6, F7, F8)
- Terminal by Br@y++
- PICpgm & WinPicPgm programming software. Support for PicPgms
configuration (pgmifcfg.xml) for additional programmers, see
- simple PicKit2 support by adding pk2cmd from Microchip
- programmer-software configurable via batchfiles
- AVRdude and Avrdude-GUI
1. Decompress the complete GCB@Syn folder inside the zip to your hard
disk. It is recommended to use NOT the "Program Files" folder
because of Windows restrictions for this folder.
2. Run IDE.exe.
3. Review the files displayed when initially starting the IDE.
- Remember, always start with IDE.exe in the root folder. IDE.exe sets an
environment variable with the actual path of GCB@Syn named G@SDir, so
all program locations can be handled as relative.
- When a GreatCowBasic sourcefile is opened, check out the Run-menu.
Through this menu you can access the oneclick commands. Try right
- The Run... commands (F5 - F8) starts a little tool G@Stool.exe which
calls the batchfiles for compiling sourcecode and programming
("flashing") the target microcontroller. By default the batchfiles are
named flashAVR.bat (when the chipmodel is an AVR) and flashPIC.bat (when
the chipmodel is a PIC). The chipmodel is autodetected by G@Stool.exe!
- By editing the batchfiles you can configure the programmer software for
your own needs. They are located in the G@Stools subfolder.
- If there is a batchfile "FlashThis.bat" present in the same folder as
the sourcefile, this batchfile is used for flashing. This may be useful
for project-specific flashing.
- Included programmer-software is avrdude for AVR and PICPgm for PIC. You
can add PicKit2; see hints in the PicKit2 subfolder. PicKit3 may work
similar, but its not tested.
This FAQ was re-published with a new release of the contribution on 24th November 2013.
- SynWrite updated to 6.4.140
- GCB lexer improvements (labels inside function, code folding)
- PICpgm updated to 184.108.40.206
- added three new programmers to PICPgms programmer-config-file:
* 5PiP http://www.FrankSteinberg.de/5PiP.htm
* FT232Board-Programmer & FT232Adapter-Programmer (USB LVP)
- added samples for new programmers to flashPIC.bat
- small mods to GCB-samples in ...GCB@Syn_MyFiles
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