Brad’s Spin Tool (BST), by Brad Campbell,  is one of three tools developers can use to develop firmware for the Parallax Propeller microcontroller. The other tools are the Propeller Tool and PropellerIDE , both of which were developed by Parallax Inc, the creators of the Propeller microcontroller.

The Propeller Tool is the original tool for developing firmware (Spin or C) on Windows and is the IDE most widely used by Parallax Propeller developers. The PropellerIDE was created years later in order to allow cross-platform development using Windows, Mac, Linux, or the Raspberry Pi.

Although the Propeller Tool and PropellerIDE can be used to write code for Parallax Propeller microcontroller, they are not preferred over Brad’s Spin Tool. This is because both tools lack features that are essential for developing real world projects while Brad’s Spin Tool does not. Most notably, Brad’s Spin Tool allows developers to:

  • Create Projects, customize Project Settings, and restore Projects
  • Include infinitely many search paths for the compiler to find Spin objects
  • Minify code at compile time by removing unused methods and folding constants and unary pairs
  • Use Linux, Mac, or Windows to write code

While the previous features should convince you that Brad’s Spin Tool is the best tool for writing code for the Parallax Propeller microcontroller, it only highlights the most important differences. To see a comprehensive comparison of these tools, see Brad’s Spin Tool vs Propeller Tool vs PropellerIDE.

Video Overview

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Feature List

Below is a list of features that Brad’s Spin Tool (BST) currently includes-the checked items-as well as a wishlist of features we think it needs but doesn’t currently include-the unchecked items.

Feature Description Status
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 hoverdroids-check-orange
Linux hoverdroids-check-orange
Mac Intel and PowerPC OSX 10.4, 10.5 & 10.6 hoverdroids-check-orange
Raspberry Pi hoverdroids-check-orange
Serial Terminal hoverdroids-check-orange
Character Chart hoverdroids-check-orange
Indentation Visualalization

FINISH adding the features to the list


Below is a list of currently trending courses and tutorials related to Brad’s Spin Tool:

Getting started with the Parallax Propeller Microcontroller using Brad’s Spin Tool (BST)

A Complete Guide to Brad’s Spin Tool

Getting started with the Parallax Propeller Microcontroller using the Propeller Tool

Getting started with the Parallax Propeller Microcontroller using the PropellerIDE


Go to Brad’s Spin Tool (BST) Website

Go to Brad’s Spin Tool (BST) Forum

Go To Brad’s Spin Tool vs Propeller Tool Feature Comparison

Download Brad’s Spin Tool (BST) for Windows

Download Brad’s Spin Tool (BST) Manual

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