Rapid production of graphical user interfaces
King, David Maurice
Prevatt, Richard M., III
Zyda, Michael J.
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There is a growing demand within the military for effective, flexible and configurable command and control workstations suiting the diversity of experience and working style that commanders bring to the decision making process. This need motivates development of real-time three-dimensional simulators at the Naval Postgraduate School. Our work concentrates on the graphical user interface and presents a study of information display, interface human factors, and underlying implementation efficiency considerations so as to enhance real time simulation systems with minimal degradation in performance. High quality interface software is costly in time and money, and it is essential for effective system performance. Our research culminated in the implementation of the NPS Panel Designer and ToolBox (NPSPD), an automated development environment that enables design, implementation, modification, and testing of customized graphical user interfaces. NPSPD includes automatic generation of compilable source code which can stand alone or be integrated quickly into a developer's application. NPSPD was developed using Silicon Graphics Inc. IRIS 4D/70GT and 4D/GTX workstations, relatively low cost systems which are commercially available. Methodology used and techniques developed provide a foundation applicable to any hardware capable of a windowing environment and graphics display.
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