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For drawing circuits I use Omnigraffle and the Electronics Extra. For physical hardware diagrams I use Fritzing. Checkout a video on Fritzing here.

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There is also OSX version of Eagle Cad. Although software itself is not very Mac-like nor exactly easy to use.

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You should also check out Eclipse for C/C++ and the AVR-Eclipse plugin. Works flawlessly for me, especially with crosspack. I use it for about a year now and I really like it.

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There is always XCircuit and MacSpice. They maybe overkill for whatever your needs are, but might as well learn from them too.

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One that comes to mind is Processing. The development environment is similar to the Arduino's and it is cross platform (Java). I would like to see a native OSX app but haven't found it yet :)

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Libraries should go to ~/Documents/Arduino/libraries/ folder. This way when you upgrade Arduino IDE it wont overwrite your libraries. If Arduino IDE does not show your recently added library you need to restart the IDE.

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I agree with zklapow but check the projects section on AVR Freaks too. That's how I learnt back in the day before arduinos. Also, you will almost certainly have to read the datasheet for your chip to get anything useful done. There are no nice functions that, for example, read an analog pin in because there are so many parameters that the arduino environment ...

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I use either RRD TOOL which is good for monitoring of continuous streams of data. When I want to produce one off graphs I usually go with matplotlib.

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"What circuit design and simulation software runs on a Mac?" The list of software tools for electronics design includes a bunch of tools that run on the Macintosh. Some of those tools, such as McCAD, were originally designed to run on a Macintosh. After Mac OS switched to a Unix base (starting with Mac OS X), quite a few tools originally designed to run on ...

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I use ObDev's CrossPack as well. It's a great bundling of all the tools needed to write AVR-GCC C code. They're the same tools present in a standard Arduino installation, so sometimes I've used the guts of the Arduino build system to write plain AVR-GCC code. Normally when I write C code, the "IDE" I use is a text editor, command-line commands, and ...

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You can use Grapher for simple graphs. It comes with OSX. Although it's not really powerful, it's ok to take a quick look at some samples. @zklapow do you have a link?

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hon is both open source and cross-platform. You can use pyserial to connect to an Arduino and there are libraries available to graph the data.

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You could take a look at Pure Data a Max like language (it's not just for music generation) there's a Wikipedia page here with a bit more information about it. It's fully supported on Mac OSX and there's even a subforum here dedicated to linking it to things like Arduinos.

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Since you have been using the Arduino everything you need is already installed. I compile Arduino sketches from the command line using a Makefile. I also compile code without the Arduino bootloader. The Makefile I use to compile the Arduino bootloader for my boards is at http://wiblocks.luciani.org/docs/app-notes/bootloader.html You could modify it to ...

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If you install crosspack you can use Apple's Xcode for mac, which is a great IDE. If you want learn c for AVR check out the tutorials forum at AVR Freaks. Also as for linux check out this question.

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They (Apple) most likely use PCs and Altium, OrCAD, or something of that type. Given the tight integration with the enclosures in many Apple products I would think that Altium is the best fit. Most professionals aren't into the entire 'fan boy' attitude. You use whatever is the best tool for the job. Apple doesn't even go after the workstation market ...

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I use Max for all my sensor processing and visualizing. Both Max and its younger open source sibling Pd have libraries for advanced graphics programming (Jitter and GEM respectively). Jitter is its own graphics system based on 'jitter matrices', but includes a suite of OpenGL based tools. GEM is based on OpenGL. An alternative (again OpenGL-based) dataflow ...

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That is an interesting question but I imagine that Mac hardware developers would rather work on some Sun workstations running some crappy commercial Unix than a PC. :P Chip design is still mostly done on Unix AFAIK. For the hobbyist: You can you Eagle for PCB layout and schematics. There is (or rather was, but can be still downloaded) MiSugar for ...

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The drivers for the TUSB3410 for Mac OS X are still in beta. You should consider contact TI about this and maybe they can try to fix your problem. Even if they aren't currently interested in pushing the Mac side, the more interest they get from Mac users the more likely they are to do something. I also found a few comments about how there are open source ...

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If you ask your package system to install avr-libc, that should give you all you need. I use emacs as my IDE, cos, well, see username. If you want a template makefile, have a look at one of my projects on github, eg https://github.com/unixbigot/pir-lite In that repo avr-tmpl.mk is an off-the-shelf makefile library (not written by me). You include it ...

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If you have got Macports installed you can simply run: $sudo port install avr-binutils avr-gcc avr-libc avrdude and you should be ready to go. 2 I found CodeLite (www.codelite.org) IDE nice and full featured; still, to program AVR microchips you need to create your own Makefile. You could try BeRTOS Wizard, which will create a BeRTOS project and related Makefiles, which you can then use with CodeLite. To flash your target, just use "make flash" and you're done. We work on Linux on a daily basis, if ... 2 I use Omnigraffle for drawing the simple circuits I use in my Arduino classes. For circuit design, I use Eagle. It's a "real" schematic capture program (i.e. CAD program for circuits) that you can also use to produce circuit boards. Omnigraffle is great for producing really nice looking schematics, as long as they are not too complex, because it doesn't ... 2 I recommend Eagle from Cadsoft. It's the best free schematic/layout editor there is in my opinion. 2 Have you given Upverter a try? It has a mac app as well as runs in the browser so you can try it out without installing anything. [I work at Upverter] 2 I've found that DigiKey's SchemeIt editor online works quite well, with export to PDF and PNG. I wish that there was an agreed-upon exchange format for schematic diagrams, so that circuits could be moved easily from one schematic capture tool to another. I use Eagle CAD for board design, but their schematic capture tool is awkward and produces ugly ... 2 You can have a look at my Processing based sketch, I used for visualizing AD7746 data. It is very simple - but perhaps just the thing you need. It takes values from the serial püorts, decodes strings and generates data sets. Just contact me if you have questions. 2 Your makefile should compile each C file into object code, then use the linker to combine the objects with libraries. You don't need -lm for each compiled file. In your makefile, you are using$(COMPILE) as both compiler and linker, which is fine for GCC, but is probably confusing matters. all: main.hex .c.o: $(COMPILE) -c$< -o \$@ .S.o: ...

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I use the gcc/AVR toolchain under OS-X, inside eclipse and from the command line. I don't know what other gcc code-generation options are available, but it would surprise me if gcc didn't target most of the more popular devices.

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Depending on your needs, Arduino may be a fun starter kit with lots of shields (hardware expansions) available and a huge community. Arduino has a low entry level from both a hardware and software respective and you can still write regular C/C++ with it. However, Arduino doesn't have a debugger. Recently Atmel has released AVR Studio 5, which is integrated ...

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