Electric Imp is making our IDE Beta release publicly accessible so now you can have early access to new features and capabilities. The valuable feedback you provide to us will help fine-tune the features to better suit your needs.

Here at Electric Imp we’re always keen to bring you the latest features and updates as quickly as possible, and that’s especially the case with the IDE. Our prime development and production tool has been on a rolling program of internal beta and external production releases for some months now, and we are ready to open the beta version to all our users and customers.

Many of you have expressed a desire to try out new IDE functionality as early as possible. On our part, we have some major new features coming down the line that we want you to try as soon as possible. The first feature that we released today on IDE Public Beta is Multi-User Support. You can now invite colleagues and third-parties to contribute to your account. To learn more, visit the Electric Imp Dev Center.

In the IDE Public Beta, you will have access to the same devices and models as you do in the production version. The beta is not a ‘nightly’ or ‘bleeding edge’ release where we try out fresh, raw code. Every beta will be tested internally ahead of its release. However, there may well be bugs that we haven’t spotted yet, so the beta will be offered on a ‘use at your own risk’ basis.

To access the IDE Beta, just enter in your browser. You’ll be presented with the familiar login screen, this time stamped with a ‘Beta Environment’ mark. Sign in with your usual credentials.

It’s easy to know which environment you’re in: the beta’s Electric Imp logo is highlighted blue. Click on the logo and you will see a pop-up with detailed release information. It also includes a ‘Go back to Production’ link to take you to the current production release when you’re done exploring the beta.

More importantly, the pop-up panel has a ‘Provide Feedback’ button that will take you to the Electric Imp beta forum, where you can post your feedback. Please include in the post the beta version number and the API version you are testing so we can reproduce and address your concerns accordingly.

We will communicate in the same beta forum when a new beta release is posted and also what new features and changes that you will want to look out for. We anticipate that the IDE Public Beta will be updated more frequently than the production IDE.

Kenny Lee,
Product Manager,
Electric Imp