What is LCDC?
LCDC is an application that displays information on your LCD or VFD screen. At present it is geared towards powering the Matrix Orbital products as these have some great features like GPO (General purpose outputs, that can be use to turn things on and off!) and Keypad connectivity.The number of things that LCDC can do is expandable by Plugins that add functionality to the application and hopefully new plugins will be added at various intervals to add even more functionality. Also the Delphi 5 source code for a blank plugin is available, so for the brave of heart you can add and write your own plugins!
What's a plugin?
A plugin is a small program that adds a whole new range of events, actions and variables to LCDC (for a better explanation see here). Currently the plugins that are available are:-
Additional plugins that I will add (probaly not before version 1 is ready) :-
Third party modules in the works or all ready available :-
What screens do you support?
LCDC has recently been changed to work exclusivly woth Matrix Orbital screens, however knowing that previous customers have other screens working using LCDC, Matrix Orbital has allowed me to sign those screens as well as a guesture of good will.
Why is this better than other apps, and why are you charging for it?
When this started I did it for a bit of fun, however as I expanded it I begin to realize how much these LCD/VFD's where capable of and wanted to exploit that. I have now put a lot of time and effort in to designing and building a full application that can do a lot more than others and one of my main priorities is stability. We decided that rather than have this a small sideline product we would spend some effort on it to make a complete package that will give support and upgrades. I like others have a wife and two kids to support, I wish I could spend all my time doing stuff for free, but that's just not the way I work... having said that, there is some great free software out there!
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