Thank you for your efforts Hanno.
About the "edit3" thing…. I just checked more carefully and this was the catch for me:
1. If I press F8 (just to compile and check code is correct), then the VP symbols are added, which push some large programs "over the maximums", and so the code check fails.
2. If I click "Load", then indeed the .spin file has no VP symbols added, but it also tries to load the Prop, which is not desired when just checking code syntax.
So perhaps SHIFT+F8 could be a useful option, to enable the compile without VP support?
Also a really cool thing would be if the status bar also displayed the basic compile stats, like program length(longs used/free) etc… ! No need for an annoying pop-up window with the info, but would be useful to see when compiling and trying to reduce large programs!
Status: Compiled OK. [Program 5537 Longs, Variable 0 Longs, Stack/Free 2651 Longs]
Status: Compile failed: [Program "lcd.pbas" exceeded by 9 Longs]
(Not sure if the compiler can tell which cog failed the compile, or even if that matters actually, as VP will perhaps jump to the errant .spin file anyhow? But at least to show how many longs were exceeded without needing pop-up windows to interrupt the work flow).