I have discovered the program LCARS24 on SourceForge, which is a 32-bit DPMI interface for DOS-based laptops/PCs. It installs in the root drive of your computer and runs an LCARS interface like from Star Trek when called, containing over a dozen programs and many, many data displays. I’ve managed to get it to run nicely on Windows XP, though I hear your mileage may vary depending on your hardware. I like it, and the SFML markup used by the program to create LCARS data displays shows quite a bit of promise. It’s reasonably intuitive, and the program supports screenshots, so you can make a display and post it on your website or whatever. I’ve been having some fun with the SFML, and as long as you don’t try to write a long text file to display next to your image (if you have one on the page), the pages look great! I say not to try to write something long because I copied an article off of Memory Alpha and modified it for a data display on Data [ 🙂 ]. It was a real pain, mostly because I had to go thorough and insert hundreds of paragraph breaks to keep the image and text within the viewable area (I hope the author improves that). Wrapping everything at column 48 is very tedious. Anyway, I’m keeping an eye on this one!
LCARS GUI on Windows!
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