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seanadams
2004-08-03, 12:42
Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We've
replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic
display.

Shipping TODAY are three new products:

- Graphic Squeezebox (wireless) $279
- Graphic Squeezebox (wired) $199
- Graphic Display Upgrade Kit $69 (after rebate), free US shipping

The new Squeezebox display has 280 x 16 pixels, providing a stunning
interface appearance as well as advanced animation capabilities. Our
web site has just been updated with photos of the new interface.

A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
upgrade kit is available here:

http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html

Along with this new hardware, we are pleased to announce two major
software releases:

* SlimServer V5.3 beta, featuring an enhanced user interface that takes
advantage of the new display. This release adds improved fonts, as well
as graphical elements in the user interface. Also included (for
developers) is a preview of our upcoming visualizer feature, which can
display high-speed audio visualization at up to 100 frames per second!

* SoftSqueeze version 1.0, by Richard Titmuss, adds support for the new
Squeezebox graphics capabilities and is included in the 5.3 beta
release. Please give it a try to see how the new display works.

We hope that all Squeezebox owners will consider the upgrade kit. We've
priced it as low as possible, because we want everyone to enjoy this
new functionality. Also, over the next few weeks, many new software
capabilities will be added to the graphic Squeezebox - what you see
today is just a starting point for this versatile display.

Thanks everyone,

Sean Adams
CEO, Slim Devices

Dan Sully
2004-08-03, 13:32
* robin-lists (AT) robinbowes (DOT) com <robin-lists (AT) robinbowes (DOT) com> shaped the electrons to say...

>1. If I just do my usual upgrade from the CVS will I get this new version,
>or do I need to choose a new branch or module?

You will get the new version - it's in the mainline of CVS. No choosing necessary.

>2. Will this software work with the original displays?

Yes - every effort has been made to ensure backwards compatility.

-D
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mherger
2004-08-03, 14:14
> Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We've
> replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic
> display.

Very nice indeed!

[..]
> * SlimServer V5.3 beta, featuring an enhanced user interface that takes
> advantage of the new display. This release adds improved fonts, as well
> as graphical elements in the user interface. Also included (for
> developers) is a preview of our upcoming visualizer feature, which can
> display high-speed audio visualization at up to 100 frames per second!
> * SoftSqueeze version 1.0, by Richard Titmuss, adds support for the new
> Squeezebox graphics capabilities and is included in the 5.3 beta
> release. Please give it a try to see how the new display works.

Did this and encountered a glitch (I assume). Not sure whether if it's in
the server or the SoftSqueeze: the default font does have some problems
with German umlauts (and will presumably have with other accented
characters as well). The other sizes are correct.

The text on the screenshots should read:
SqueezeBox Hauptmenü
Es läuft gerade...

Regards,

--

Michael

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Audin Malmin
2004-08-03, 16:21
On Tue, Aug 03, 2004 at 12:42:31PM -0700, Sean Adams wrote:
> The new Squeezebox display has 280 x 16 pixels, providing a stunning
> interface appearance as well as advanced animation capabilities. Our
> web site has just been updated with photos of the new interface.

Sweet. Upgrade kit ordered.

Does it do greyscale at all?

And can the datasheet be added to the cvs tree?

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seanadams
2004-08-03, 17:17
>
>
> Does it do greyscale at all?
>

No but it may be possible - I'm experimenting with that right now.

The firmware does support some killer features for visualizers
including masks and overlays, which allow the UI to scroll around
"underneath" a real-time vis display. There is a simple demo of this is
CVS now but it will probably not be included with the first 5.3
release.


> And can the datasheet be added to the cvs tree?
>

There is no data sheet per se. The display hardware is a custom
in-house design and all the graphics rendering is done in our software.

Pascal Scheffers
2004-08-04, 00:05
Very, very cool.

Especially the bit where you actually have to use wirecutters - I assume
using the upgrade kit doesn't void warranty?!?

Too bad I only just bought mine - I would have waited a few weeks if I
had know about this.

Anyway - I hope this upgrade becomes available in the Netherlands,
especially the rebate bit - maybe the Dutch users could organize and
group/bundle the shipment?

- Pascal.

jacobdp
2004-08-04, 07:04
On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 09:05:52 +0200, Pascal Scheffers
<pascal (AT) scheffers (DOT) net> wrote:
> Especially the bit where you actually have to use wirecutters - I assume
> using the upgrade kit doesn't void warranty?!?

I seem to remember that the missing capacitor fix for reeealy early
SLIMP3's didn't void the warranty, and it involved a surface mount
capacitor and a soldering iron.

- Jacob

Gregory P. Smith
2004-08-08, 12:09
> > Does it do greyscale at all?
>
> No but it may be possible - I'm experimenting with that right now.
>
> The firmware does support some killer features for visualizers
> including masks and overlays, which allow the UI to scroll around
> "underneath" a real-time vis display. There is a simple demo of this is
> CVS now but it will probably not be included with the first 5.3
> release.

The first person to make a Sonic The Hedgehog plugin deserves to win
one of the prizes. ;) Pong is certianly possible now.

> > And can the datasheet be added to the cvs tree?
>
> There is no data sheet per se. The display hardware is a custom
> in-house design and all the graphics rendering is done in our software.

haha, good to hear! that means sales are high enough to support
manufacturing such a custom beast. :)

Geoff
2004-08-10, 12:48
alex wetmore wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Sean Adams wrote:
>
>>A hardware upgrade kit is also available, which converts an original
>>2-line text Squeezebox into the new graphic Squeezebox. The upgrade kit
>>includes free shipping in the USA, with a $20 rebate if you choose to
>>return your original character display. Reseller pricing and
>>availability will be announced shortly. More information about the
>>upgrade kit is available here:
>>
>>http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>
>
> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>
> alex

I'd like to know this as well ... is there some PCI add-in board I could
use to control the old VDU?

I opened an old Cobalt box (dead drive but otherwise running fine) in
the hopes that it might be running a 14pin cable but it looks like it is
a 28pin cable.

However I'd still be interested in a way to use the VDU for an internal
project if the engineering folks would be kind enough to tell us if it
is feasible with a modicum of experience in this area. I'm no EE but I
can do my share of mods if things are documented.

Ideally there would be either a simple serial pin-out we could wire or
an expansion board along with documentation on the protocol used.

If not, I'll send it back for a credit, but I can always hope :)

seanadams
2004-08-11, 21:20
>>> http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_display_upgrade.html
>> So what is SlimDevices doing with the old displays? Are they useful
>> for anything else (for instance is the pinout compatible with PCs
>> through a serial or parallel port interface, or do they have something
>> that emulates an HD44780 on them)?
>> alex
>
> I'd like to know this as well ... is there some PCI add-in board I
> could use to control the old VDU?
>


Geoff,

It turns out it's much easier than that. The character displays use a
simple parallel interface which is compatible with standard LCD
modules.

There a many projects out there which show how to connect these to a PC
using windows or linux - just needs a cable to the printer port and
+5VDC. There are also projects showing how to use them with a PIC
microcontroller - in fact the SLIMP3 firmware source would be a good
place to look if you're interested in that.

Google for: lcd parallel port

Sean