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We always name releases after a well-known album / LP. They are in approximate order, but things do move around.

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We operate using a mix between Kanban and Scrum. Estimated items are using t-shirt sizes (Tny, Sml, Med, Lge, XL). Status is either Ready, Pending, Started, Testing, Done.

Sprint: There’s a new dawn (The New Dawn)

Status Est Project Task
Ready Sml tcMenu Investigate the performance of I2C LCD’s at 100Khz carefully to see if there are optimisations to be had.
Ready Sml tcMenu On AVR and smaller SAMD boards the btree template collection is too heavy, de-template much of it for now.
Started Med testing Fully test tcMenu 2.0 UI with 1.7 libraries to ensure full backwards compatibility
Started Lge testing Fully test tcMenu 2.0 UI with 2.0 libraries to ensure all new features are working, and high compatibility
Ready Med testing Prepare 2.0 releases (github, our site, and App Store versions).
Ready Lge website Document the changes in the interfaces for 2.0 and ensure all pages still relevant.
Ready Sml tcMenu Call the menuMgr notification callback when a new submenu is shown.
Done tcMenu Exiting a list goes back to the wrong item - cannot recreate.
Done tcMenu List rendering crashes in base renderer because it’s trying to call invoke in a tight loop
Done taskMgr On 32 bit boards task manager should be able to schedule lambdas with captured parameters.
Done ioLibs Provide an mbed / STM32F4 HAL version of EepromAbstraction that wraps the battery backed RAM.

Sprint: Street fighting years

We now need to complete the embedControl apps and get them onto their respective stores, at least in BETA form, where they are not fully complete, but usable. This sprint will get us close to that on both UWP and iOS. It will also make strides towards making it easier to set up remote connectivity and setup connections.

Status Est Project Task
Ready Lge website Add a short video on using u8g2 and Adafruit displays with tcMenu
Ready Med tcMenu Implement BLE endpoints for mbed, Nano33BLE and also the HM10 module and make available as plugins
Ready Med embCtrl Write a iOS serial port implementation for BLE that is available from Serial Factory
Ready Med embCtrl Windows BLE driver that is available from the Serial Factory
Ready Med embCtrl Android BLE and bluetooth driver that is available from Serial Factory
Ready Med tcMenu Implement very simple multicast / UDP based packet sender that sends a hello on request but limited to once every 10-15 seconds
Ready Med embCtrl Implement very simple multicast / UDP based packet sender that requests a hello from remote devices
Ready Med tcMenu When structure changed event occurs ensure remote connections are re-bootstrapped (maybe just drop)
Ready Lge tcMenu Security and authentication moved into the designer in code generator change identified in spike above.

Sprint: A night at the opera

Status Est Project Task
Ready Lge embCtrl Control over the layout of items by allowing user to rearrange (MVP - stored locally, cloud endpoint later
Ready 3rdIoT Amazon IoT for submitting data to an IoT container and confirming that data appears in the web console
Ready 3rdIoT Amazon IoT for checking that the data can be acquired from the IoT container and displayed in embedControl
Ready 3rdIoT Amazon Alexa control capabilities within the Amazon IoT solution
Ready 3rdToT Azure plugin that works as per Amazon for data submission and acquisition
Ready 3rdIoT Blynk plugin support that works at least to submit data into their IoT system
Ready 3rdIoT SPIKE Look into Google home and Amazon home


Embed Control (embCtrl) in approximate order

Status Est Project Task
Ready Med embCtrl Repeat function on the back and forward buttons in analog up down editor
Ready Med embCtrl Custom image button support for boolean menu items with on and off buttons
Ready Med embCtrl VU meter style item that handles the range of an Analog item
Ready Med embCtrl Volume rotary dial control that works with an analog item

tcMenu UI and Libraries - tcMenu

General changes

Status Est Project Task
Ready Sml tcMenu Try and determine if there’s an old set of _menu.cpp/h files left around, produce error and rename then during conversion
Ready Sml tcMenu Write extension of commit callback that handles telephone numbers and postcodes as an example. Make it possible to force item back to edit mode
Ready tcMenu Win10 - Consider moving back to the emf file as the item that is loaded as per MacOS and Java

IoAbstraction and TaskManagerIO - ioLibs

Creating a new analog abstraction project that handles some common I2C and SPI devices.

Status Est Project Task
Ready ioLibs Add support for SPI Burr Brown volume control
Ready ioLibs Add support for SPI DAC
Ready ioLibs Add support for any other devices at hand
Ready ioLibs Support for 23S17 SPI expander
Ready ioLibs BasicIoAbstraction for mbed should allow access to the underlying GPIO, and even custom configuration too

tcMenu Designer Pro - desPro

Remote control and general tasks.

Status Est Project Task
Ready desPro Allow for more than one remote controller at once, even more than one type at once.
Ready desPro A screen that can build infrared remote capabilities into the menu
Ready desPro Multilingual support in menu structures
Ready Med website Add monitoring to the web application that sends a cloud metric every 7 minutes, alert when 2 missed
Ready Sml website Put cloud watch monitoring in place on the website, forum and library manager

Completed projects:

Who-hoo, there are projects that we’ve already finished!

Completed roadmap projects 2021 Q2

By dave on April 2, 2021

Summary Projects that have been compeleted in Q1/2 of 2021. All releases use the name of a popular LP / album. See the Product roadmap for current projects Sprint: Agents of fortune This sprint has turned into a huge iteration, we’ve broken it up into smaller segments, and it means that we’ll move the library to V2.0 as it’s got so big. It’s introduced a new much improved method of drawing, with more configuration options.

Completed roadmap projects 2020 Q3

By dave on November 12, 2020

Summary Projects that have been compeleted in Q3 of 2020. All releases use the name of a popular LP / album. See the Product roadmap for current projects Emergency changes to Windows designer to restore stability (Completed 23/12/2020) Next sprint abandoned while we restore stability to the windows tcMenu designer application and make it possible to download and use all current patch releases of the software. Store version will update much slower in this case, and the download version will update quicker.

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