Request for feature: alternate font

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Request for feature: alternate font

Post by tanveerg@gmail.com »

Hello DM41X dev team!

I have newly received the DM41X and am impressed by its fidelity to the HP41. But I wonder: can an alternate font be provided to the LCD one that the calculator currently emulates? I understand some people might have used the HP41 for decades and want only that font but I find it hard to read, especially in smaller sizes where more lines are displayed. It is especially easy to get the >=, *, etc. symbols wrong. I hope the development team will consider the provision of an alternate font as an option.

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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

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As the 41X was clearly aimed at 41 fans, the decision was made early on to implement the original 14-segment LCD to provide the closest possible match with the original experience (but a lot faster and easier to use of course). As such, there is no current plan to provide alternate fonts.

If symbols are hard to make out, just toggle through the various views with the [DSP] key, which can be used in nearly all modes and even during partial command or Alpha-string entry while in PRGM mode.
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

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No no no next request will be to put the +-*/ at the right hand side of the keyboard, the horror. :D
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

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EM41 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:40 pm
No no no next request will be to put the +-*/ at the right hand side of the keyboard, the horror. :D
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

Post by tanveerg@gmail.com »

I understand the attraction of keeping the original look including the flying goose. I'm not familiar with the code but unless the code is dealing with individual LCD segments, it should not be difficult to provide an alternate font. Again, I'm not demanding this in any way, just suggesting that the devs could consider it for the future.
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

Post by Walter »

Just FYI, the display has an active area of 58.8 mm × 35.3 mm and 400 × 240 quadratic pixels. So each pixel is 147 µm squared. Now you may create your font. Watch visibility etc. Enjoy (I did for the 43S)!

EDITed for clarity.
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

Post by bernouilli »

I would be glad too if such a feature was added. And about the font, no fancy font is required, the default font of the hp42 or dm42 would be nice.
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

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Yeah, I wouldn't mind having the 42S font available as an option. It would certainly be nice for the multi-line program editor, if nothing else.
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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

Post by smp »

Before this gets to be too much of a landslide, I'll cast my vote - no, please do not change the font away from the original-looking HP-41 font.

If a change is considered, please make it a selectable option buried somewhere. :lol:

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Re: Request for feature: alternate font

Post by Dave Britten »

smp wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:55 pm
Before this gets to be too much of a landslide, I'll cast my vote - no, please do not change the font away from the original-looking HP-41 font.

If a change is considered, please make it a selectable option buried somewhere. :lol:

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Completely agree, don't remove the 41 font! I'd only want optional extras.
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