Utilities

The utilities page contains useful programs that provide extended capabilities for application development and manufacturing support. Engineers should take care to validate output from these utilities. Extreme vigilance should be exercised when dealing with programming/download utilities so that device contents are not erroneously deleted or corrupted.

New-buttonEVE Screen Designer (ESD) 3.x 

The EVE Screen Designer 3.x integrated development environment (IDE) further facilitates EVE-based human machine interface (HMI) construction. It presents a simple, highly intuitive package through which a wide range of exciting visual effects can be created and various items of graphical content edited, in order that enhanced user experiences are derived.

For more details click here.

EVE Screen Designer 2.x 

The EVE screen designer is a Windows based tool, designed to allow EVE (FT8XX series) customers to experiment with creating display lists, utilising a simple “drag and drop” method to control the EVE graphics controller.

The tool allows developers to design feature rich graphical displays that include EVE primitives, widgets and automatic import of bitmaps. A simple grid layout allows for accurate placement of objects on display.

Creating multiple displays is supported in the tool via a tabbed menu, and objects may be grouped or upgrouped for simple copy and paste to subsequent screens.

The installation file and setup file may be downloaded here.

*Please note that the new version of the EVE Screen Designer (ESD 3.0), provides much more powerful functionality than this tool and should be utilised for the FT81x.

EVE Screen Editor

The EVE screen editor is a Windows based tool, designed to allow EVE (FT8XX series) customers to experiment with creating display lists, utilising a simple “drag and drop” method to control the EVE graphics controller.

Also available within the tool is the ability to connect to external hardware such as a VM800B allowing designs to be displayed on real hardware as well as on the PC screen.

Lastly, included in the setup file is an EVE emulator library allowing designs created in alternative development tools to be displayed on the simulation tool output window. A full user guide for the emulator library may be downloaded here.
An installation guide for the screen editor tool is available here.

The installation file, setup file and online help for the tool may be downloaded here.

EVE Image Converters

EVE series devices (e.g. FT8xx) will allow for displaying user supplied .jpeg and .png images.

To use such images they must be converted to a format that EVE recognises such as L1, RGB565, ARGB1555 etc.

This may be performed on a windows PC with the img_cvt utility available for download here.

Instructions are provided in the downloaded zip file. The current version is 0.9.1.

A second tool for users wanting to use the Paletted bitmap format which allows for storing the image with less memory required, may be downloaded  here.

And finally, although the FT800 series does not support DXT1 formatted images directly a pseudo version that allows for highly compressed imaging similar to DXT1 is available for download here. This format is ideal for applications that want a small image file to save memory space and also have fast image uploads.

For further details of implementing the generated image into your application refer to AN 303.

EVE Audio Converter

EVE series devices (e.g. FT8xx) will allow for playback of user supplied audio files.
To use such files they must be converted to a format that EVE recognises such as:
8 Bit signed PCM(LINEAR); 8 Bit u-Law; and 4 Bit ADPCM
Files created in a .WAV format may be converted on a windows PC to a supported format using the aud_cvt utility.
The utility is available for download here.
Instructions are provided in the downloaded zip file.
For further details of implementing audio file conversion into your application refer to AN 276

EVE Font Converter

EVE series devices (e.g. FT8xx) will allow for displaying user supplied fonts.
To use such fonts they must be converted to a bitmap
This may be performed on a Windows PC with the fnt_cvt utility available for download here.
Instructions are provided in the downloaded zip file.
For further details of implementing the generated font into your application refer to AN 277