These two software not comparable at all.

Arduino IDE is developed for programming  Arduino hardware, based mainly on Atmel microcontroller.

Arduino Control Center firmware(compiled code) is developed in Arduino IDE with Arduino libraries for Arduino hardware - Arduino Nano, Arduino Uno and Arduino Mega and clones based on ATmega2560 and 328P Atmel microcontrollers.

Arduino Control Center wouldn't exist without Arduino hardware, yet it can be used in any projects based on these microcontrollers, as long as the attached hardware is supported by Arduino Control Center.

List with supported hardware is here.  

Why is only these board and it's clones are supported, read on my blog on this link.

Arduino IDE (integrated development environment)

- Arduino IDE is a classic C++ programming environment with a lack of many features included in advanced programming environments for Atmel microcontrollers like Atmel Studio.

But this is not a bad thing, just the opposite. Entire Arduino project, both hardware, and software is designed for beginners, although is used by many professional microcontroller programmers for prototyping and testing designs.

How to start programming with Arduino IDE, you can read manuals all over the Internet, written by the Arduino team of many programmers and Arduino geeks.

The common thing for all programming beginners is that after excitement when the first program example is successfully compiled and uploaded into the Arduino board, start thinking wider and want more sophisticated programs in order to control Arduino from smartphone or desktop applications.

This, of course, is no trivial thing and you have to be more familiar with C++ programming in order to adjust examples and libraries for your needs or write code from scratch, which is even more difficult.

Designing and writing code in order to visualize these processes in programming languages is a huge task plus.

Arduino Control Center

- Arduino Control Center (ACC) is a mix of programming and data visualization software, focused to control sensors and devices attached to relay boards, store and visualize measurement data, easily change relay logic without the need to compile - upload program to Arduino board after each logic or sensor change, set alarm thresholds and inform users about these states over e-mail, SMS or audio notifications.

ACC is a stand-alone application, which means that everything is packed into a single folder, including a non-installable SQLite database, Web server - for interacting with a web browser, Arduino listener server(UDP protocol) -  for communication with Arduino devices over the network.  

What is Arduino Control Center and for what it can be used for? 

Arduino Control Center is a perfect solution for an integrated system with one or many Arduino boards, with attached temperature, humidity, distance, gas, light, and other types of sensors, relay boards, buttons, and switches for Outputs and Inputs.

Relays and attached devices can be triggered form desktop or web applications. The web page will be automatically generated as soon as you start a web server according to added inputs and outputs for all assigned Arduino boards.

You can create rules and scheduling timers for triggering relays and attached devices - heaters, light, pumps, and motors.

You can set up alarms and notifications for each input or output, receive SMS and Email notifications if the Arduino board is not accessible or sensor or relay is in an alarm state, either over USB or network connection.

All that and many more options are packed into a single folder, portable with an integrated database and web server.

You don't need cloud solutions. Your home - office PC or laptop will be cloud for your Internet of Things with Arduino Control Center.

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