We were proud and honored to receive the 2017 John Deere Supplier Innovation Award last month at a ceremony in Bettendorf, Iowa. The award, in recognition of innovation in the Electronic Controls division, is part of John Deere’s Achieving Excellence program.
Innovation isn’t just something we talk about here at Crank. It’s something we strive to deliver every time we build a product roadmap and plan a feature list for a release. The embedded industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and the high expectations driven by the adoption of modern smartphone technology don’t allow for complacency in design. With Storyboard Suite, we make it easier for our customers to bring innovative, high-performance HMI experiences to market.
Test drive Storyboard for yourself. We provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try it out first hand. The evaluation contains our latest release, Storyboard 5.2.
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
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.
Here at Crank, we dream of a universe full of awesome application GUIs. Where students – brimming with innovative ideas and bursting with creativity – aren’t limited by lacklustre software tools. We want all designers, regardless of where they are in their careers, to have the best tools possible to help them bring their ideas to life.
Students are often limited by software tools that are free or cheap.
Tuition, rent, tech gear, books, pizza, parties*…
We’ve been there. It wasn’t THAT long ago that we were students. We know that at the end of the day there isn’t much left in the budget to buy great GUI design software.
Crank Software Academic Program – Supporting Innovation in Creative GUI Design
That’s why we are launching the Crank Software Academic Program and offering FREE Storyboard Suite licenses to students and teachers. We are committed to supporting students and their schools, to help build a future workforce of skilled embedded application designers. This means better career opportunities for students when they graduate, and a strong future for the embedded market.
Building Multi-market Applications with Storyboard Suite
From automotive, to washing machines, mighty industrial machines, and more; Storyboard Suite makes embedded design and development faster and easier.
Working on a really cool GUI for an automotive infotainment system? Other students have used Storyboard Suite to create an award-winning infotainment system. Check out the EcoCar2 from Mississippi State University.
Build awesome things and tell us about it. We love seeing HMI designs that change how we interact with our world.
Imagine you’re a designer of graphical interfaces (GUIs) for embedded devices. If you are reading this blog, you likely resemble this. Now, picture receiving a box that contains everything you need to realize the dream of getting a functioning prototype of your designs up and running in minutes–on a real device, not your desktop. Pretty awesome picture, right?
This week Fujitsu Semiconductor announced IdeaBoxx, a complete graphics development environment aimed at designers of embedded applications. That’s you! IdeaBoxx contains all of the hardware and software goodness you need to build UI prototypes quickly and deploy optimized graphics to the hardware within minutes.
Diving into the experience for Graphic Designers and the benefits to customers, this video from Fujitsu showcases how quickly users can take industry-standard design files, like Photoshop PSD files, import them into Storyboard Suite, create animations, and then see their GUIs on hardware.
Crank Software and Renesas Electronics America announced today a collaboration to deliver an enhanced experience for HMI application development on Linux. Crank Storyboard™ Suite provides developers of user interfaces for embedded devices the tools to design, develop, and deploy applications with speed and ease, and Renesas provides the high-speed, high-performance RZ/A microprocessor for the target hardware. Together, Crank and Renesas deliver an impressive solution for efficiently developing fast, beautiful HMI-based applications for Linux systems. Check out the demo to see multiple applications built with Storyboard and deployed to the Renesas RZ/A. If you happen to find yourself at ARM TechCon 2014 from October 1-3, visit the Renesas booth (1114) to learn more about Crank Storyboard™ Suite technology running on the Renesas RZ/A.