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I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts and b
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I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts and b

by WWJD on Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:07 pm

Coming from C++ and eager to learn CircuitPython I bought a Circuit Playground Bluefruit, BME280 sensor and 1,44" TFT display from Adafruit and jumped into the tutorials...
It's fun UNTIL I decided to get the TFT working because I want to convert my C++ based Bathroom Fan Controller to CircuitPython.

But there the fun ended... TFT stuff in CircuitPython is (for me anyway) so incredibly complicated compared to C++? I simply want to use custom fonts and a few bitmaps?

I really don't know were to start... Sure, I tried and got some text displayed on the TFT but when I searched for custom font I got lost.
Instead of simply downloading some .bdf fonts I had to install some weird stuff via the Terminal?? result were a load of errors.

I want NOT to give up on CircuitPython because it's THE way to go I think so can anybody please point me in the right direction and bring the fun back?

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Re: I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts a

by franklin97355 on Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:21 pm

I'll see if the author can help.

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Re: I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts a

by adafruit2 on Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:47 pm

we have a few good tutorials on GUI design. its *different* than C++ but there are some nice things about how circuitpython does things
https://learn.adafruit.com/search?q=displayio

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Re: I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts a

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:31 am

Instead of simply downloading some .bdf fonts I had to install some weird stuff via the Terminal?? result were a load of errors.

If this is still happening even after following the guides, please provide more info. What was the weird stuff and what was the complete text of the error messages?

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Re: I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts a

by WWJD on Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:03 am

I want to thank you for you replies... very much appreciated.

But after days of searching, reading the suggested tutorials etc, I decided to stay with C++
I'm not a trained programmer so for me it's hard to go the route of trial and error again.

I learned a lot of other projects but there are only a handful CP project to learn from so I quit... sadly.

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Re: I'm stuck trying to use a TFT screen with custom fonts a

by adafruit2 on Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:40 am

thats why we provide both python and C libraries for (just about) every product :) we use both too!

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