Today we announced the release of Storyboard Suite 5.0. We are pretty excited about it, and if you are a current Storyboard customer or are part of a team that is building embedded application UIs, we think that you will be excited too.
Storyboard Suite 5.0: Enhancements for the Entire UI Development Team
With Storyboard 5.0 we’ve continued to deliver functionality that we feel is most important to UI designers, software developers, and their stakeholders. Storyboard provides the entire team with the tools and workflow they need to work efficiently and confidently to create better user experiences, on time and within budget.
Check out Fancy Dan’s video to learn more about some of the new functionality in Storyboard 5.0.
Created for designers and developers
Nobody sweats the small design details and subtleties like designers, so we strive to keep them fully in control of the look and feel of the application throughout the development lifecycle to ensure the visual appeal and usability of the UI is second-to-none. With tools that make it easy to import artwork, add interaction and movement, update artwork on demand, and refine and tweak until perfect, Storyboard gives designers full ownership over the UI, without impacting code. This frees the software developers to focus on writing beautiful code and connecting the UI the underlying system to deliver high-performance embedded products. Storyboard 5.0 adds the following enhancements for designers and developers:
- Finer animation execution control and custom easing rates allow designers to easily refine animations and movement
- New design canvas render extension to programmatically facilitate drawing and graphing
- Easier event injection
- A streamlined navigation and workflow increases productivity
- New project samples and improved documentation reduces ramp-up time
Built to support design change
Throughout the development cycle, the UI design will change. Stakeholder feedback (The Boss hates it), platform changes, conflicting management opinions, customer beta testing – all of these contribute to design churn and should be addressed in a timely manner. Storyboard embraces and supports change as a key part of UI development by making iteration and team collaboration part of the development workflow. Storyboard 5.0 functionality that eases the pain of design change includes:
- New application executable options, such as direct-to-target (SCP) and standalone executable (EXE) for Windows make it easier to share Storyboard applications for quick testing to improve the feedback loop for design iteration
- Reusable components speed UI design for quick interaction prototyping
- Search/refactoring improvements ease design change
- Photoshop Import and Reimport refinements streamline importing and updating Photoshop artwork
- Team collaboration workflow improvements make it easier for designers and developments to work in parallel
Optimized for the embedded market
The prevalence of mobile devices has increased consumer expectations for embedded applications. But embedded isn’t mobile. Developing UIs for embedded systems means paying attention to system resources and technical specifications while trying to satisfy the design requirements. Storyboard is built exclusively for embedded and optimized for a range of platforms. To further our commitment to performance and scalability, Storyboard 5.0 enhancements include:
- New operating system and hardware platform support brings Storyboard to more targets
- Pre-compiled Lua scripts improves performance
- Video playback using ffmpeg software decoder or gstreamer
- Fill refactoring for improved runtime performance
- Expanded design report for resource usage and visibility
To test drive Storyboard Suite 5.0, download the 30-day full-featured evaluation version today.