Are some embedded developers on the dark side?

Posted by Magnus Unemyr on Nov 2, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Embedded developers have personal preferences on how their IDE should be configured. This applies to many aspects of the IDE's look and feel, including the color scheme being used. In particular, many developers seems to prefer a dark IDE background when editing the source code.

Atollic TrueSTUDIO ships with a dark theme that can optionally be enabled. Some developers think a dark window background gives a better contrast that is easier on the eyes. If you spend full working-days in front of your IDE, the ergonomics is pretty important. Read this blog post to learn how to enable the dark mode and save your eyes.


To enable the dark theme in Atollic TrueSTUDIO, use the Windows, Preferences... menu to open the settings dialog. Navigate to General, Appearance… and select the “Dark” theme.


Your TrueSTUDIO IDE should now go dark. You can even change some of the colors too, to adapt it to your personal preferences. The screenshot below, for example, is configured further to give the dark mode a more colorful appearance. How colorful are you?



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Topics: Atollic TrueSTUDIO