Altia Announces New Release of HMI Development Software with New 3D Features, On-Target FPS Indicator, Support for Emojis and More
Today, Altia announces the release of Altia Design 12.1, which includes new features and powerful improvements for developing and deploying embedded displays for production automotive, medical, consumer and industrial devices.
What is new in Altia Design 12.1?
Altia 3D users can leverage a new Dynamic Textures feature to insert dynamic content from their model into a 3D scene. Dynamic images, numbers and text – including shaped, multi-language text – can be easily incorporated into 3D scenes and run on hardware with outstanding efficiency. This new feature provides the ability to incorporate changeable elements like album art or laundry cycle status into a 3D layout.
For Altia 3D customers, Altia Design 12.1 offers important enhancements to make their work even easier. When generating code for models that include 3D, Altia Design with DeepScreen now converts 3D model data into binary assets. This means that users can easily compile 3D scenes of any size. Additionally, users now have more direct, intuitive navigation of 3D scene content within the editor plus in-editor metrics and model feedback. Information like triangle and vertex count is provided, so users can optimize their models for production – and build better-performing models faster.
The new release of Altia Design also includes updates to keep Altia users organized and informed about their GUI model status during development. Altia’s patented Validator has been enhanced to run on-the-spot analysis of designs when opened, notifying users when their GUI needs attention. For example, the Validator would flag GUIs with hardware-specific incompatibilities. Likewise, if critical elements – including fonts, textures or images – are missing from the GUI model, the Validator will intelligently alert the user to the issue so that quick corrections can be made. Altia Design 12.1 also includes file-safe warnings for users who may be working with a mix of legacy models. With this new feature, users can choose to preserve file compatibility for various versions of Altia Design.
Altia Design 12.1 also provides support for Unicode code points above U+FFFF. Altia users gain the power to leverage the vast universe of characters available in higher Unicode planes including monochrome, font-based emojis – an industry standard and efficient way to convey modern messaging.
Finally, customers who are generating code with Altia DeepScreen have the option to measure the frame rate of their model on hardware with a new FPS indicator. This is an important reference tool for embedded GUI developers to use as they strike the balance between GUI responsiveness and appearance. Altia users will be able to confirm the performance of their GUI on their embedded hardware without the need to write extra code or use a separate tool. Instead, they can see the frame rate of their GUI via a graph or simple readout.
Altia is a software company that provides graphical user interface design and development tools that can be used from concept to final product code. Our GUI editor, Altia Design, offers development teams the capability to implement a model-based development process for clear communication and accelerated user interface development. Our code generator, Altia DeepScreen, supports a vast range of low- to high-powered processors from a variety of industry-leading silicon providers. Altia generates pure C source code that is optimized to take full advantage of hardware resources. Graphics code generated by Altia is driving millions of displays worldwide – from automotive instrument clusters, HUDs and radios to thermostats, washing machines and healthcare monitors. Our mission is to get the best automotive, medical and consumer interfaces into production in the shortest time on the lowest-cost hardware.
Altia was founded in 1991. Its customers include automotive OEMs and Tier 1s like Continental Automotive, Denso, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, Renault, Magneti Marelli, Nippon Seiki, Valeo, Visteon and more – plus leading consumer device manufacturers like Electrolux, Whirlpool, NordicTrack and many others.