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06-24-2016, 12:18 PM
Post: #61
RE: DM42
(06-24-2016 11:47 AM)BartDB Wrote:  My preferred currency just dropped around 8% overnight Sad

Choices, consequences...

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06-24-2016, 03:44 PM
Post: #62
RE: DM42
(06-24-2016 12:18 PM)Massimo Gnerucci Wrote:  
(06-24-2016 11:47 AM)BartDB Wrote:  My preferred currency just dropped around 8% overnight Sad

Choices, consequences...

As a non-British EU national I did not have a choice, but have to live with the consequences.

Back to calculators - I will seriously consider purchasing a DM-42. I use Free42 but like to use a physical calculator too. The 50g is nice but sometimes too cumbersome, and the 35s is just not "it". The Pioneers were a good size, and it seems the DM42 will be a similar size (even a touch smaller).
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06-26-2016, 02:37 AM
Post: #63
RE: DM42
I know this is blasphemy, and would open the door to all sorts of requests, but I would love to have an "X root Y" key on the DM 42...
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06-26-2016, 10:19 AM
Post: #64
RE: DM42
(06-26-2016 02:37 AM)lrdheat Wrote:  I know this is blasphemy, and would open the door to all sorts of requests, but I would love to have an "X root Y" key on the DM 42...

This is merely mild unorthodoxy. To ask for an algebraic mode would be blasphemy!

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06-26-2016, 10:23 AM
Post: #65
RE: DM42
(06-26-2016 02:37 AM)lrdheat Wrote:  ... but I would love to have an "X root Y" key on the DM 42...

... and you could not get along with the "y ^ x" which function is (incidentally, I'm sure) together with the "1/x"-button?
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06-26-2016, 03:44 PM
Post: #66
RE: DM42
Doesn't have to be a button...happy to see it in a menu...I will get the 42 regardless...
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06-29-2016, 06:20 AM (This post was last modified: 06-29-2016 06:25 AM by JDW.)
Post: #67
RE: DM42
(05-16-2016 09:02 PM)Massimo Gnerucci Wrote:  Display resolution: 400x240.

My 28S has a display resolution of 137x32 pixels.

So long as it is a black LCD and not blue, and so long as it is crisp and with adjustable contrast, this should be an interesting calc indeed.

Is this really going to be introduced in September this year?

Lastly, have a look at the mockup photo again. Are the buttons going to be that recessed? And are they going to be perfectly flat like that? I would of course want them to stick up a bit and be beveled like the Pioneer series keys.
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06-29-2016, 07:26 AM
Post: #68
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 06:20 AM)JDW Wrote:  
(05-16-2016 09:02 PM)Massimo Gnerucci Wrote:  Display resolution: 400x240.

My 28S has a display resolution of 137x32 pixels.

So long as it is a black LCD and not blue, and so long as it is crisp and with adjustable contrast, this should be an interesting calc indeed.

Is this really going to be introduced in September this year?

Lastly, have a look at the mockup photo again. Are the buttons going to be that recessed? And are they going to be perfectly flat like that? I would of course want them to stick up a bit and be beveled like the Pioneer series keys.

I think it will be ready when it will be ready ;-)
However, until now, Swissmicros have been faithful (and way more!) to their promises.

I don't remember reading "September" anywhere, rather generally "wait for summer", so september could be a safe bet...
Anyway, since I waited until today, I can wait another year. I think that the same platform will be later used for other projects, like the WP34 was for the HP30B (WP36?, if the dynamic trio will find the time to apply). So waiting a little more could also be beneficial.

I think we'll have to wait for the final product to see the true positioning of labels, fonts and colors.
As far as keys are concerned, if you look at the 3D rendering, you will see that they are slanted as are in Pioneers, probably less beveled. But I can't really judge from there.

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06-29-2016, 07:32 AM
Post: #69
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 07:26 AM)Massimo Gnerucci Wrote:  ...like the WP34 was for the HP30B...

That is interesting and useful hack to be sure, but having to place stickers on the buttons certainly isn't desirable for long term use.
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06-29-2016, 07:37 AM
Post: #70
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 07:32 AM)JDW Wrote:  That is interesting and useful hack to be sure, but having to place stickers on the buttons certainly isn't desirable for long term use.

Any WP firmware based on the DM hardware will not require stickers. The keys will be properly printed. Given the serious time constraints Marcus and myself are living under at the moment, don't hold your breath: Marcus had the best part of a year off work for the hardware port to the 20b/30b platform. I'd spent 2-3 years before this working on the firmware.


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06-29-2016, 07:39 AM
Post: #71
RE: DM42
(06-23-2016 07:14 AM)J-F Garnier Wrote:  I may ask: what is the purpose of the TOP.FCN command, now that there are dedicated soft keys for the menus?

I do not believe it serves a useful purpose. Better would be to reassign this key position to something useful.


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06-29-2016, 07:44 AM
Post: #72
RE: DM42
(06-24-2016 03:44 PM)BartDB Wrote:  Back to calculators - I will seriously consider purchasing a DM-42.

I'll definitely purchase one as well. Probably two since I'll need a development platform for the next WP device Smile

The current question we've got is should we continue with the WP 36S or move over to the converted Free42 firmware and go for the WP 43S directly. I have no real feeling either way here -- our 36S firmware will be a lot more frugal with memory (flash and RAM) on the device but it will lack features (matrices, possibly complex, strings). Whereas something based on Free42 will have the features but will be more memory intensive.


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06-29-2016, 07:52 AM
Post: #73
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 07:44 AM)Paul Dale Wrote:  The current question we've got is should we continue with the WP 36S or move over to the converted Free42 firmware and go for the WP 43S directly.

If this was a poll I'd vote for the 43S! ;)

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06-29-2016, 07:59 AM (This post was last modified: 06-29-2016 08:00 AM by JDW.)
Post: #74
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 07:52 AM)Massimo Gnerucci Wrote:  ...I'd vote for the 43S!

I must say the 43S certainly is attractive!

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06-29-2016, 10:53 AM
Post: #75
RE: DM42
Yes,

but please without the cumbersome hp42s alpha menu based input...
Want back the 41 alpha keys....

I'm not sure I understood correctly, but maybe someone said that the DM42 won't have this problem?
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06-29-2016, 02:38 PM
Post: #76
RE: DM42
If the creator is taking asking for suggestions, I'd buy it in a minute if it had the IR port with a greater range than the 50g.

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06-30-2016, 04:52 AM
Post: #77
RE: DM42
400x240 ? That's a Sharp Memory Display. They are supposedly very low power (but they seem to need 5 V). Only Mouser seems to carry them. Finally a high-resolution display in a calculator !. I'll start saving some money now !.
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07-18-2016, 07:17 PM
Post: #78
RE: DM42
I like the 43s mockup.
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07-18-2016, 07:50 PM
Post: #79
RE: DM42
(06-29-2016 10:53 AM)mtern Wrote:  please without the cumbersome hp42s alpha menu based input...
Want back the 41 alpha keys....

Yes, having to juggle through a menu to painstakingly access individual letters instead of a dedicated layer of the keyboard is a major annoyance.
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07-18-2016, 08:04 PM
Post: #80
RE: DM42
(07-18-2016 07:50 PM)vido Wrote:  
(06-29-2016 10:53 AM)mtern Wrote:  please without the cumbersome hp42s alpha menu based input...
Want back the 41 alpha keys....

Yes, having to juggle through a menu to painstakingly access individual letters instead of a dedicated layer of the keyboard is a major annoyance.

Yes! This is the main reason why I avoid the 42S. The others are lack of a clock (and related functions) and I/O capabilities.
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