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Subject: Re: DM recommedation.
From: "Siddons, David via Tech-talk" <tech-talk@aps.anl.gov>
To: "tech-talk@aps.anl.gov" <tech-talk@aps.anl.gov>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:11:32 +0000

Hi David,

   For my own personal use I use epicsQt (https://qtepics.github.io/). This is very easy to use, adding Epics functionality to QtDesigner to build screens, similar to MEDM (I was a MEDM user before :) ). Like Medm, it offers code-free development of interfaces, and has a good range of widgets. The NSLS-II official stuff is CSS-based.

Pete.



On 10/25/2018 12:19 PM, Kline, David wrote:
Hello Lewis,

Thanks for responding and the information. I'll have a closer
look at the links you provided.

Currently I'm using MEDM for monitoring register and market
data, but was looking for something currently supported and
modern, preferably based on GTK+ for internal reasons. I would
have preferred to use caQtDM because a number of .adl files are
already converted.

I've used and developed quite a few number of MEDM screens
while at and outside of APS  [EBRICK, laser and timing controls,
etc...] and agree with conclusions made in :

https://epics.anl.gov/tech-talk/2018/msg00502.php

"1. MEDM : It works! This old gem works (almost) perfectly. It has a
very easy to use interface, but of course, is rather limited."

Thanks again, best, 
/david

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Lewis Muir <jlmuir@imca-cat.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2018 10:43 AM
To: Kline, David <dkline@wolve.com>
Cc: Gabriel de Souza Fedel <gabriel.fedel@lnls.br>; tech-talk@aps.anl.gov
Subject: Re: DM recommedation.

On 10/25, Kline, David wrote:
What I meant to ask is for a recommendation of a tool similar to
either MEDM or caQtDM for screen development and operations on Linux
systems which have GTK+ and is actively supported.
Typically Qt is not part of the distribution but could be if no
alternative exists, if it was I would be using caQtDM.
Hi, David.

You're probably going to get lots of different recommendations as was the
case in

  https://epics.anl.gov/tech-talk/2018/msg00502.php

One thing to keep in mind is whether or not the EPICS display manager
supports old formats, in particular, that of MEDM (.adl), or whether or not
old formats can be automatically converted into the format of the EPICS
display manager you choose.  This is not just for backward compatibility; it's
also very useful for developers that are providing display manager screens
with their modules and don't want to have to create and maintain N sets of
screens for N display managers!

I currently use MEDM

  https://epics.anl.gov/extensions/medm/

It's lightweight, it runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux (and probably other
UNIX-like OSs), lots of EPICS modules include screens for it, and the screens
can be automatically converted to CSS BOY (.opi) which Display Builder
supports.

One interesting project is Display Builder

  https://github.com/kasemir/org.csstudio.display.builder

running on Phoebus

  https://github.com/shroffk/phoebus

I haven't tried it, but if I were going to switch away from MEDM, it's probably
the direction I'd be leaning.

Lewis
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DM recommedation. Kline, David
Re: DM recommedation. Gabriel de Souza Fedel
RE: DM recommedation. Kline, David
Re: DM recommedation. J. Lewis Muir
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