This is an upgrade for existing users of a Flowcode 5 Professional edition to a Flowcode 6 Professional edition. You will need to provide your existing Flowcode 5 license key. Please enter it in the Comments box after placing your order and also mention which chip architecture you're upgrading: PIC, dsPIC/PIC24, AVR/Arduino, or ARM.
You only need one Professional license! Flowcode 6 is a single application that can support multiple architectures, which are unlocked via Chip Packs. Thus once you have a Professional license, it will apply to every Chip Pack that you have or will add in the future. Therefore, if currently you have more than one Professional license of Flowcode 5, e.g. for PIC and for AVR, you'll only need to upgrade one of those to V6 Professional. Then you simply purchase Chip Packs for the other architectures.
New in Flowcode Version 6 Flowcode 6 maintains the flowchart-based microcontroller programming features of previous Flowcode versions, but now also is a fully fledged CAD tool.
Flowcode is now a single application. Support for different microcontroller architectures is achieved simply by purchasing Chip Pack licenses to unlock the support.
Now you don't have to worry about losing your license keys if you re-install the software or move to a different PC. Licensing is tied to an online account; after re-installing the software, you simply log in with your username and password to re-activate all the licenses you had previously.
Create your own components. Now you can design your own electronic components and add them to your component library. You can use simulation API calls to define the electrical behavior and mechanical behavior in simulation.
Components library expansion. The component library has been expanded considerably to include many new electronic components and simulation components. Components can be designed and shared online.
System components. In addition to the PCB-style components, you now have access to panel-mounted switches, meters and displays for industrial control. As of the Flowcode 6.1 update, there are 198 components available.
Dashboard HMI components. Customize or create Dashboard components like graphs, dials and meters to allow you to monitor how your system is functioning in simulation and during In-Circuit Test.
Near real-time simulation. Improvements to simulation speed mean that your simulation works close to real time, allowing you to verify your design "live".
Application Programming Interface. The powerful API allows control of simulation events and components, providing a wide range of PC-side functions.
Dashboard HMIs. Human Machine Interface components show your system parameters during simulation and In-Circuit Test using intuitive displays including meters, graphs, oscillograms and tables.
Consoles. Use text-based consoles to see data passing around your system — perfect for designing systems with digital communications.
3D design environment. Import 3D models and characterize the movement and simulation using API.
System panel. Use the system panel to design your own simple 3D model. View your design from different angles while it simulates.
Laser cutters and 3D printers. Create low-cost parts with laser cutters and 3D printers, and see the parts working with your electronics on the screen.
Electromechanical system creation. Create simulations of your model which move in 3D space under electrical stimulus from a microcontroller and other components in your system. Use 2D dashboard controls to monitor your system in real time.
Third-party instrument support. Get access to readings and data from external instruments using DLL support. Display data with dashboard HMIs or third-party software.
Tight E-blocks integration. All the versions support E-Blocks upstream boards and the downstream peripherals. The PIC Professional version of Flowcode allows you to use the EB006 V9 multiprogrammer to monitor every pin on a PICmicro design, and monitor and interpret serial data I/O — you can step through your program in real time, monitor variables and external data such as analog and digital waveforms, and even decode digital buses such as UART, SPI and I2C.
Dashboard HMI. Monitor how your system is functioning in simulation and In-Circuit Test. Use new components like graphs, meters, consoles and scrolling text boxes to verify your design.
SoftScope and Consoles. (Available with Professional license only.) Use SoftScope and Consoles to see data in waveform or text formats. Use the API translate incoming data to hex or ASCII equivalents. Link SoftScope and Consoles to third-party hardware using DLLs to create a full SCADA system. With the Flowcode 6.1 update, SoftScope has improved functionality including a more intuitive and configurable interface, and you can store presets under a template name.
View video: New in Flowcode Version 6
For more details, have a look at these Flowcode 6 Screenshots, visit the Flowcode 6 Wiki Page, and refer to the actual Flowcode 6 Professional page for your microcontroller architecture:
Remember to use the Comments box after placing your order to provide us with your Flowcode 5 Professional chip architecture and license key so that we can generate the license key you'll need to unlock the correct Chip Pack for the Flowcode 6 Professional software. An internet connection and an account on the Matrix web site will be required for download and activation.
As the new licensing scheme eliminates the worry of losing your licenses if you have to change PCs, Flowcode 6 is available as a download only; it's no longer available on CD-ROM.
Free Trial Version Available If you want to try Flowcode 6 before you commit to upgrading, you can download it from the Matrix web site (you must create an account if you don't already have one). The trial version lets you use most features of the Professional license for 30 days.