We made a promise in December 2017 to release a TrueSTUDIO for STM32 in early 2018. Today we are happy to announce that, after weeks of refactoring efforts, we have released a free TrueSTUDIO for STM32 tool with the full Pro feature set unlocked to all STM32 users!
Quick recap: ST acquires Atollic - December 2017
If you missed this big news, STMicroelectronics acquired Atollic back in December 2017. Here is the press release, blog article and FAQ-document. The Atollic team, now as part of STMicroelectronics, is commited to continue providing excellent development tools to its huge user base of STM32 developers. TrueSTUDIO for STM32 v9.0.0 will only support STM32. With the acquisition of Atollic STMicroelectronics increases its software tool development team with the goal to provide better development tools and a better integrated ecosystem for STM32.
So what is the difference between TrueSTUDIO for STM32 and the previous releases?
STMicroelectronics wants to provide top-grade development tools at no charge to all STM32 developers. So now, with v9.0.0, Pro features are enabled for use with all STM32 devices. No license needed! The concept of TrueSTUDIO Lite and TrueSTUDIO Pro no longer exists. In TrueSTUDIO for STM32 you can take full advantage of the powerful debug features in the TrueSTUDIO debugger (using ST-Link or SEGGER J-Link). Among the most popular features are SWO tracing, fault analysis, FreeRTOS kernel-aware debugging and build/static stack analysis.
More good news for those who were using TrueSTUDIO Lite: this version of the IDE no longer has the annoying banner pop-ups which were designed to call attention to the old Pro upgrade feature.
Perhaps we are more happy than you are about the removal of the license system. This enables the development team to focus on feature development that actually matters to STM32 customers and not on license issues. For STM32 users this means that no license is needed to run this version of TrueSTUDIO. The TrueSTUDIO installer becomes smaller, startup is slightly faster, and all Pro features are unlocked by default. No more work for your IT-department to administer and maintain licenses and license servers.
The main focus of this release was to move from the commercial TrueSTUDIO for Arm product to a free TrueSTUDIO for STM32. This involved a lot of refactoring along with the regular maintenace work to keep the STM32 target support up-to-date. With this focus there was little time to introduce new features. However, one new feature is the build tools menu which allows the TrueSTUDIO user to do two things: