Experience the Evolution of Embedded GUI Design at Embedded World 2016

Storyboard Suite GUI Design at Embedded World 2016

From February 23-25 the best in innovative embedded technology will be unleashed at Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. This not-to-be-missed event will attract over 900 exhibitors from 42 countries. Crank Software will be there, and we are bringing a team of passionate embedded GUI design professionals with us to showcase the latest features and capabilities in Crank Storyboard Suite, our design and development platform for building stunning GUIs for embedded systems. If you are among the 25,000 visitors expected at Embedded World 2016, stop by Hall 4/4-547 to check out our latest embedded GUI demos and ask us to show you what’s new in Storyboard Suite for graphic artists, 3D designers, and embedded systems developers.

See Storyboard Suite GUI demos on a wide range of hardware

Our booth will be brimming with multi-market Storyboard Suite demos on a number of operating systems, including Green Hills Software, QNX Software Systems, Linux, FreeRTOS; running on a variety of platforms, including:

Our embedded GUI demos this year cover a wide range of markets, including automotive, home automation, white goods, medical, and kiosk solutions. All demos have been designed and developed in Storyboard Suite, using the latest features from our upcoming 4.2 release.

While you’re making the rounds at the exhibit, check out some of our partners showcasing beautiful demos built with Storyboard Suite technology, including Green Hills Software (Hall 4/4-325), Atmel (Hall 4A/4A-238), NXP (Hall 4A/4A-220), and others.

We will be live-blogging from the event, and sharing photos and videos of Storyboard Suite from the exhibition floor.

Check out the soon-to-be released Storyboard Suite 4.2

Our Storyboard Suite 4.2 release is right around the corner, and we are excited to show off the features and capabilities we’ve added for embedded GUI design teams. Stop by the booth ask to see live demos.

If you want to get together with us at embedded world, please contact us to set up a meeting. Alternatively, come by our booth and chat with us. The Crank team are stereotypical friendly Canadians!

To learn more about what to expect in the Storyboard Suite 4.2 release, check out our recent webinar, now available on-demand.

As always, we provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try out Storyboard Suite first hand.

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Storyboard Suite GUIs at CES 2016

Crank Storyboard Suite at CES 2016

With 2015 winding down, we are busy preparing for an exciting start to 2016 with our much-anticipated Storyboard Suite 4.2 release and a number of technology shows. First up is CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 6-9. If you are planning to be at the show and want to connect with us, send us an email. We’d be happy to show you demos of GUIs built with Storyboard Suite and give you a sneak peek at features we’ve been working on for our upcoming release.

Storyboard Suite GUI demos at CES

CES is an opportunity for companies to show off the latest in tech, so you’ll see a lot of cool products and cutting-edge concepts at the show. We are excited that Storyboard is the graphic design tool suite behind a number of rich embedded GUIs and HMI experiences to be showcased at CES.

From Automotive HMI Experiences to the Connected Home

Modern automotive HMI experiences require intuitive, high-performance GUIs to ensure convenience and safety. From innovative digital instrument cluster design to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, you’ll see examples of Storyboard Suite automotive HMI demos from many companies at CES, including VisteonTexas InstrumentsGreen Hills Software, and more.

Our homes are rapidly becoming smarter and more connected, leading to increased comfort, convenience, and security. CES provides a great opportunity to showcase smart home technologies, and Storyboard Suite is behind exciting home automation demos at the event. NXP’s Internet of Tomorrow Tour will be rolling into Las Vegas, and will be hard to miss, given it’s a massive trailer housing over 100 demos. On board is the home automation demo designed for FTF2015 by Crank Software and Freescale. Atmel will also be demoing a home automation application designed with Storyboard Suite.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of Storyboard demos at CES. You’ll find other applications and exciting projects at the show with stunning GUIs designed and developed with Storyboard Suite.

We hope to see you at the show.

GUI Designers: 3 Reasons You Should Register for the Storyboard Suite 4.x Webinar

***Now available On-Demand!***

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This webinar is now available on demand. To watch or download the recording, register below.
Register for Storyboard Suite October 29 webinarWhy watch the webinar? Because everyone loves a good list, here are:

3 reasons to register for the Crank Software Storyboard Suite 4.x webinar for GUI design

  1. You haven’t used Storyboard Suite. Yet. What? That’s sad. If you haven’t used Storyboard Suite for GUI design and development for your embedded application projects, you’ve been missing out on such great features as:
    • Photoshop import to kickstart your GUI design
    • Built-in simulator for prototyping
    • Animation Timeline to quickly and easily create and edit animations
  2. You are using an earlier version of Storyboard Suite. That’s awesome. But your design process could be even further optimized with some of the new features and enhancements we’ve added in 4.0 and 4.1, for example:
    • Support for collaborative, team-based design and development
    • Improvements to the Storyboard Designer UI for a more intuitive and streamlined workflow
  3. You already use Storyboard Suite 4.x but are hungry for more information. You might already be a Storyboard Suite 4.x champion, but you:
    • are curious to see if you’ve been missing out on features you aren’t aware of
    • want to ask questions to our ever-enthusiastic VP of R&D
    • are excited to find out what we’ve been working on lately

Whether you’ve never used Storyboard Suite for your GUI design projects, or you are a long-time Crank customer, our October 29th webinar will be useful for you. If your job description includes designing GUIs for embedded devices, building applications for the IoT, or creating awesome user experiences for stuff with screens, you should attend. We promise not to assault you with slides. After a quick high-level overview of Storyboard Suite for those new to our software, we will dive into some engaging demos of the tool suite.

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If you haven’t had a chance to use Storyboard Suite yet, feel free to download the fully functional free 30-day trial.

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See you on the 29th!

Three Changes Affecting Graphical User Interface (GUI) Design

GUI Design Crank StoryboardGUI design is changing, both the process and the end product a customer interacts with on a device. This is in response to a changing market. Screens are everywhere. Refrigerators and laundry machines have interactive displays. Home automation systems are becoming more mainstream.  Our cars have technologically advanced infotainment systems and clusters that rival my 80’s dreams of the future KITT car.  The prevalence of screens has created a shift in how user interfaces are created.

There are three major GUI design changes that affect how we now need to work:

Mobile has raised expectations

The rise of mobile has raised the bar for aesthetics and user experience. There’s no room for old school graphics that include bland buttons and monochrome displays. Mobile devices have opened up users to rich UIs that are responsive, crisp, and elegant. Embedded applications have to live up to that experience.

Project teams are evolving

Due to the requirement to build richer user experiences, development teams have grown to include designers. This means tools and development processes have to extend to include them.

Graphics are created. And changed. And then changed again.

Design change is inevitable because applications are tested and re-tested. The UI is continuously evolving and requiring updates. Designers no longer hand over a mockup to a developer to visually represent with code and then walk away. The graphics have to change, which means the designer stays engaged in the process.

To respond to the changes in the market, tools for GUI design have to evolve. Processes have to be able to respond to change.

Check out our recent webinar with Freescale, to see how Storyboard Suite responds to the call for GUI design changes.

Also, view this quick video demo that we used in the webinar that showcases how Storyboard Suite is different.

 

Embedded World Day 1 recap – The GUI of Things

Just a quick update from Day 1 at Embedded World 2015 – more of a photo blog today. Pictures are more fun anyway. (As the Crank writer, it pains me to write that.)

The buzz at the show is all around the Internet of Things, or the IoT. We were spreading the word of Crank Storyboard Suite being the GUI of Things, because the end nodes of the IoT ecosystem often require devices with interfaces. The GoT just might catch on. The GUIot perhaps?

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The booth, before the exhibition opened yesterday. We packed 10 demos in the booth and 2 stations for showing off Storyboard Suite.

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3D car cluster runing on Green HIlls INTEGRITY OS and the iMX6 Sabre Lite

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Medical demo running on Linux on the TI AM437x

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Home security demo running on Linux on the Renesas RZ/A1

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Treadmill demo featuring video playback on Linux on the Atmel SAM A5D4X

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Washing machine demo on Linux on the Fujitsu IdeaBoxx

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Multi-market application demo on Linux on the new Freescale iMX 6SoloX

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Automotive cluster demo running on FreeRTOS on the STM32x

Day 2 starts….NOW. Follow @cranksoftware on Twitter for live updates.

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To see photos of Crank Storyboard Suite in our partner’s booths, check out the coverage from Day 2.