Microchip announces the release of Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X), Microchip’s enhanced visual design tool that provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip’s 16- or 32-bit PIC® MCUs. With GDD X, developers have the freedom to work in the environment of their choice, including Windows®, Linux or Mac OS® operating systems.
Graphical user interfaces 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 dialogue 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. 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 such as automotive numeric, gauge or infotainment displays; industrial interfaces such as operator touch-screens; home-appliances including coffee-makers, refrigerators, cooker tops and microwave ovens; consumer electronics such as home automation, alarms and learning toys; and medical bedside monitoring or 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).