Re: your statement about the PICKIT3.
The PICKIT2 can do the 12F18xx series, as well as a bunch of PIC32MX types and others that Microchip doesn't "officially" support. Just gotta load up the newer (/hacked/modified) device files, etc. Piece of cake. (P.S. I hate the PICKIT3)
PICKIT3 works for me, and this chip, don't know if it can do something else. I newer owned PICKIT2 so can't compare. I watched Dave's review video after purchasing, so happened. Nice thing about PICKIT3 is its compelling clear red case, it just draws my attention every time I look at it and invites me to do some more PIC programming
Is there any software for programming those newer PICs with JDM programmer? I used icprog before, but it is not updated any more, since 2008.