GfxLCD and drawing a text

Finally, something that is missingย from the start, the ability to write some text on display. In Doton we needed an ability to display numbers and we have done it via images. It was a partial solution but good enough. But we want more ๐Ÿ™‚

So this time fonts, text and another step in endless struggle with displaying anything anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚


GfxLCD – rotate SSD1306 and NJU6450

We can rotate both ILI displays but NJU and SSD are awaiting their turn. Let’s give them some attention and add rotation to them.
This will close another task on endless list of improvements ๐Ÿ™‚
From what I see we should change drawing functions (recalculate coordinates) and flushing buffer should stay the same because it works directly on hardware.


GfxLCD tests and fixes – page drawing

We need tests for GfxLCD and we need it now! But this is a driver so what can we test? W can and must test all drawing functions. We have two algorithms the page and the area. Let’ begin with page one.
We can mock a chip class in such way that it won’t use a driver and all drawing would go to a buffer and we always can check if buffer looks as we want.


Raspberry PI, GfxLCD and ILI9486

Recently I bought an LCD 4″ IPS with an ILI9486 chip from Waveshare. It should be better than 2.8″ ๐Ÿ™‚ In instruction states that this display can work as system screen and I thought that maybe we can use PyQt or something instead of a custom driver.
The idea died quickly. I tried to run it on Raspberry Pi Zero W and this is not trivial ๐Ÿ™‚ First, I hit the bug with inability to use GPIO #17 and driver couldn’t be loaded. After some googling, I know that this is caused by the newest kernel. So I reverted to old one and… screen booted up but WiFi and Bluetooth did not.
So this way is no go. Back to the original idea and custom driver for ILI9486.

Raspberry Pi and package for graphical LCDs – GfxLCD

It took some time but finally, we can exclude GfxLCD package from The Doton project. After this, we may focus on the next stage of Doton project.

But back to now:) We need to create a new package and publish it on the PyPi.

pip install gfxlcd

GfxLCD on PyPi
Old code, before module extraction, is under tag before-split. This way old posts still have some sense:)