MasterRadio TX16S

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:11 pm

I'd like to improve the display on the colour displays, but, like everything else, I need time to do so. Also, I could use input from others as to what might be a "good look". I should be able to add improvements, but probably 1 at a time.
At the moment, the screen fonts are just scaled up fonts from previous radios. This makes them a bit "blocky". I've recently started to look at creating a font specifically for the colour displays.
If you have any suggestions for display improvements, please let me know and I'll consider if I can do them easily.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:43 pm

Mike a nice font would be a great improvement. Let's see how that looks then start working on other features.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:06 pm

I've just posted a test version for the RMTS16S that has an "improved", standard size font.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:29 pm

Great, I will look tonight.
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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:10 am

Mike that looks much better especially with color changes of the text. One thing that I noticed in the menu system is that the screen for eeprom backup and restore hangs up if I long press for backup. I can back out of the screen with the rnt button. I really like the Large font for the model name. Thanks
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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:59 pm

EEPROM backup and restore are not (yet) implemented!
I've just tested an addition that allows for a 16-colour bitmap to be placed on the display (e.g. icons). As the first use of this I've created a much better looking icon to indicate logging is taking place.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by Suncoaster » Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:06 am

Mike, could these changes be added to the X10S version of the firmware please.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:09 am

Great. I will test today. Thanks
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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:13 am

I've just posted a new test version with this icon in it, and the new main font, for both the RMTX16S an the X10.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by Suncoaster » Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:14 pm

MikeB wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:13 am
I've just posted a new test version with this icon in it, and the new main font, for both the RMTX16S an the X10.

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Thanks Mike, I will download it now and test tomorrow.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:03 pm

All seems to be working now. I have several flights with this firmware now. BTW what is the two decimal place number at the bottom left of the screen?

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:43 pm

The firmware uses a multi-tasking operating system. The number at the bottom left is the percentage of time that the "idle" task runs. This gives a good idea of how much work the processor is doing.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:25 pm

Mike, would you like for me to send you photos of the OpenTx implementation for this Tx? The screens are very readable and colorful. If so I am not sure how to send a jpg on this forum.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:06 pm

I do have Companion loaded on my PC, so I can see openTx screens on there using the "simulate radio" option, although I don't think the simulation is complete yet.

I'm looking into adding icons the the two "index" screens, although I don't claim to be very good at designing icons. A screenshot of my first attempt is attached (standard Windows BMP format in a .zip file). This was dumped from an actual T16 display. I have my display background set to a green colour, I prefer it to white. This does make the icons with a white background stand out.
At present the icons are 20x20 pixels. I can certainly go to 22x22, and probably to 24x24 if that would improve the look of the icons. I think they may well be a bit small at present.
I'm using a 16-colour palette for these: black, dark red, dark green, dark yellow, dark blue, dark magenta, dark cyan, light grey, dark grey, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white.
I'm designing them using a BMP editor, save as a 16-colout BMP file, and then use a python script to convert the image to the format I need on the Tx. So if anyone wants to try designing some icons, just create a 16-colour, BMP file and I can try them out. I could probably add a special menu item that could read the BMP file directly and display it for anyone to test their own icons.

In general, when I display an icon, I have an option for "white" to be changed to the background colour, either the main background colour or the status line background colour.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:16 pm

Mike, that looks good and should be visible in bright outdoor light. I will learn how to create bitmaps so that I can help you.

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by MikeB » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:04 pm

I've now spread the index menu out a bit more, so it will allow icons/bitmaps up to at least 24x24, and probably 26x26. With a bit more work, I should be able to allow wider ones if they would be useful. The code I now have also "looks" at the size of the icon and positions it in the right place depending on its size. Just need a good graphic designer now!

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Re: MasterRadio TX16S

Post by mmilan » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:30 pm

It is sounding better all the time.


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