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daniel



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: VGA and Griff Reply with quote

We've removed the VGA skin from the Griff installer. This is because Griff doesn't run as a VGA application on standard VGA devices. It was compiled back in the halycon days when 240x320 QVGA was the only resolution.

We put a lot of effort into making Griff look fantastic at that resolution, optimising layouts, image sizes and workflow.

Then Microsoft released VGA devices, Square screen devices, Landscape devices, VGA Square Screen devices, Smartphones and no doubt many more to come. Great for users, but this sucks for Griff. Not because of a lack of technology - the Griff skin system could cope no problem, but the cost of getting 1 new skin designed would be more than we take in a good year of Griff sales, let alone 4 new skins. Then there are the plugins...

Griff user James Hall stepped up and created a VGA skin which we added to the Griff install before we had a VGA device to test it on. Turns out it only works with PocketPC's that have special VGA hacks installed.

We got so many emails from disgruntled VGA users who seemingly correctly selected the VGA skin when installing Griff but then could only see 1/4 of the GUI that we've removed James Skin.

For those of you still interested, here is a link to James' VGA Skin

And here is more information on the state of VGA on the PocketPC.

Native (high-resolution) VGA on WM5 VGA devices the long-awaited roundup and tutorial!

VGA demystified - the definitive guide to OzVGA, SE_VGA and everything VGA-related

Me? I'm sticking to QVGA and rectangular devices.
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daniel



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to Clarify, Griff works just fine on VGA devices.

Griff uses pixel doubling to display a QVGA image on the VGA screen. This has the advantage of using less memory to store the UI images.

The VGA that was removed was a VGA skin that never really worked anyway.

Griff does NOT work on Square screen devices because no one has ever designed skins for them.
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