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GUI tool saves design time

Posted: 25 Mar 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GUI  GDD X  graphical user interface 

Microchip Technology Inc. has introduced a new enhanced visual design tool, Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X). The company boasts that the tool provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip's 16bit or 32bit PIC MCUs.

With GDD X, developers have the freedom to work in the environment of their choice, including Windows, Linux or Mac OSoperating systems, Microchip added.

GUIs are found in a wide range of products today from coffeemakers to automotive dashboards. While the requirement is becoming commonplace, there is a lack of cost-effective tools available to the developer. Placing dialog boxes, guidance text, buttons, sliders, dials and other elements of your GUI while determining colours and calculating x/y coordinates can be very time consuming. Microchip's 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 user interface. With GDD X, a highly effective GUI can be created to improve the customer experience for applications in the automotive, industrial, home appliance, consumer electronics and medical markets.

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 IntegratedDevelopmentEnvironment (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) color modes.

"With GDD X, Microchip is bringing together key components of the graphical user interface on 16bit and 32bit hardware platforms in an easy-to-use-graphics development tool," said Sumit Mitra, vice president of Microchip's MCU32 Division. "Developers can drag and drop GUI elements into place, and GDD X creates the C code for their project. This saves a significant amount of development time."

The GDD X is available today via a free download from Microchip.





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