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  1. Elektor stuff is usually excellent quality wise but sometimes overpriced. I paid less than one half of that cost for my mikroe.com EasyPIC dev system. I see now they raised the price… darn, but it’s still cheaper than the Elektor one.

    As for Flowcode, this name sounded familiar. Here is an open source project using it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTechLab

    • Just to be clear, this is not Elektors stuff, they are just a dealer for it. It’s all developed by Matrix Multimedia, and presumably available through many channels.

      • Oops, my mistake. Anyway don’t worry about anything, it’s clear to me that this video isn’t advertising, and the folks at Matrix Multimedia showed balls for sending you one of their products to review. This gives them some points even if I’m probably not buying their development system.

  2. (Prices in the video are in GBP).

    The United Kingdom’s currency is the pound sterling.

    (May 14, 2012)

    1 GBP = 1.24 EURO
    1 GBP = 1.60 USD
    1 GBP = 1.59 AUD

  3. These E-Blocks (like most anything from Elektor) are outrageously expensive! Dave, is this just one long video advertisement?

    Regards, David

    • No.
      I said they were very expensive and not suitable for the hobbyist/enthusiast.
      They sent them to me as part of the Mailbag segment, and I looked at them.
      The software and extensive learning material does not come cheap.
      What did you expect me to do, say they are crap and trash all over them? The system is not crap, the software looks (and by all accounts is very good), as is the educational material. It’s just very expensive.
      In effect everyone who sends something into the Mailbag segment get a “long video advertisement”. That’s just the way it is. That’s the way every review is, good or bad.

      I only get these comments when someone doesn’t like what I’ve presented. Yet won’t bat an eyelid when I do an hour long video review of a product that they like. Funny that…

  4. well i have being using Flowcode, and i have to say that it’s a very good, and complete IDE, specially compared to other visual programming for the pic or any micro in general, it would be great if you did a review of it, and compare it to others (specially PICAXE that by the way is an interpreted languaje in contrast to flowcode that’s assembled)

  5. As huh said, I’m a big fan of Mikroe and just in the design of their webpage you can have a glimpse of how they are working. And they are pretty reasonably low priced with a very wide range of boards and development systems not only for PIC. They have no problem showing you the schematics of the accessory boards online, in neat PDF’s. Yeah, I believe they don’t run into FPGA and VHDL stuff but that’s another stuff.

    I know what you’re thinking. I don’t work for them. It’s just I got impressed when I get my first easyPIC 6!

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