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Visual design tool eases GUI dev't on Windows, Linux, Mac

Posted: 22 Mar 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Microchip Technology Inc. has unveiled its visual design tool that the company said offers a quick and easy way of creating graphical user interface (GUI) screens for applications using the firm's 16bit or 32bit PIC MCUs. The Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X) will allow developers to work in the environment of their choice including Windows, Linux or Mac OS, noted the company.

GDD X enables the development of GUIs in a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) environment, and saves valuable design time by automatically generating the C code needed for the UI. With GDD X, a highly effective GUI can be created to improve the customer experience for applications in the automotive (e.g., numeric, gauge or infotainment displays), industrial (e.g., operator touch-screen interfaces), home-appliance (e.g., coffeemakers, refrigerators, cook tops, microwave ovens), consumer-electronics (e.g., home automation, alarms and learning toys) and medical markets (e.g., bedside monitoring or medical lab analysis equipment).

GDD X enables development using Microchip's Graphics Library, and can be used as a stand-alone tool or as a plug-in to Microchip's free MPLAB X integrated development environment (IDE). It allows the creation of a project with configurable display resolution, and imports all the required driver/board support files into MPLAB X. Generated code can be compiled and tested on hardware. Key improvements to the original GDD include: thumbnail view of screens and snap-to-grid feature, cut/copy/paste, auto object align, and event handling, as well as palette support for 1, 4 and 8bits-per-pixel (bpp) colour modes.

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