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GUI toolkit packs drawing library, widgets

Posted: 09 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GUI  software  user interface  embedded systems 

Blue Water Embedded Inc. has launched its Prism royalty-free GUI suite of development tools that include a GUI toolkit; a toolkit for monochrome to 8bit colour-depth targets; and a GUI design and resource editing tool.

As a complete GUI software development solution for resource-constrained devices, Prism delivers graphical capabilities necessary in such applications as medical, industrial, office automation and consumer markets where user interfaces play an essential role in device design.

Incorporating GUI development tools and libraries for user interface design, Prism consists of the Prism Runtime Framework, a full-featured GUI toolkit; Prism Micro, a GUI toolkit for monochrome to 8bit colour-depth targets; and Prism Insight, a desktop GUI design and resource editing tool.

The complete framework and toolset automates the design and deployment of advanced graphical interfaces for embedded systems, incorporating a high-performance graphical drawing library and a GUI widget set.

"Thanks to the ever-increasing influence of the consumer market, graphical user interfaces have become expected on devices in many markets," said Ken Maxwell, President of Blue Water Embedded.

"Designing and developing customer-oriented GUIs that take into account not only the critical workflow of the user functionality, but also transparently adjust to the variety of graphic capabilities on output devices becomes more like a mad science without tools designed to meet these challenges."

He said that Prism's Runtime Framework's complete widget set, drawing engine, event manager and screen manager deliver the functionality needed for interactive devices.

With these tools, he said, developers can design sophisticated embedded user interfaces with rich animations, screens transitions, alpha blending, anti-aliasing and canvas transformations.

Prism Micro, a variation of Prism Runtime Framework, is tailored to meet the special requirements of cost-constrained, lower colour depth targets. Requiring exceptionally low overhead, Prism Micro is very small and easily ported to virtually any hardware configuration capable of supporting graphical output.

Maxwell said the platform is configured to allow developers to completely design user interfaces in a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG environment. Incorporating TrueType font technology, the Insight Resource Editor defines buttons, menus, and other widgets so developers can customise screen layout as required.

With the Animation Designer, developers can specify screen flows and select from a wide range of built-in or customise screen transition effects and animations. Prism Insight offers a large range of data output formats such as ANSI C/C++ source code, XML screen description files, and binary resource files, enabling developers to tailor output to the requirements and capabilities of target systems.

Available now, Prism is delivered with full source code and royalty free. Pricing starts at Rs.93,396.34 ($2,000) for a Prism development-only licence.

- Bernard Cole

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