Embedded World 2017: Storyboard UI Demos

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Crank Software Inc – Team at Embedded World 2017

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” That’s good because I am currently drowning in photos and videos from Embedded World 2017. With over 30,000 attendees at the show, we had the opportunity to talk to people with a wide variety of skill sets and job titles. We brought a lot of hardware to Germany again this year which is always a great conversation starter. People were thrilled to see the breadth of platform support and to have the opportunity to interact with Storyboard UI demos on actual targets.

Check out these photos of demos from our booth (Hall 4/4-270) and demos that we spied in some partner booths.

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Multi-Market Storyboard Demo on NXP i.MX 6UltraLite

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MNXP i.MX 7UltraLowPower

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Storyboard Distributed eCockpit running on NXP i.MX8

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Movie Kiosk, IoT Home, and 3D Automotive Cluster on the NXP i.MX6QuadPlus

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Movie Kiosk, Robotic Arm, and Home IoT Demo on the Toradex Colibri i.MX 6DualLite

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Home Automation Demo on the ST32F746 running FreeRTOS

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the ST32F429 running FreeRTOS

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Atmel SAMA5D2

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Atmel SAMA5D4

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Storyboard Multi-market Demo on the Renesas RZ/A1

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Storyboard Robotic Arm Demo on the Embedded Artists i.MX 6SoloX

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Storyboard Automotive Cluster on the TI Jacinto 6 running QNX

Our demos were also featured in other booths throughout the conference, including the NXP booth. Check out this distributed eCockpit on the i.MX 8, designed in Storyboard Suite.

In case you hadn’t heard, we recently released Storyboard Suite 5.0, so download a 30-day free evaluation and take it for a test drive. To try some of the demos showcased in the booth at Embedded World, download our easy-to-use demo images.

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Build a Better Embedded UI. Introducing Storyboard Suite 5.0

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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.

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Meet the New Storyboard Suite at Embedded World 2017

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Join us at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, March 14-16, to experience the latest and greatest in innovative embedded technology. It’s always an exciting show and we will be there again this year with a booth filled with embedded application UI demos built in Storyboard Suite across a number of platforms. Our passionate UI design professionals will be on hand to showcase the latest features and capabilities in Storyboard Suite, our development framework for building beautiful UIs for embedded systems. If you are at the show, stop by Hall 4/4-270 to say hello and check out demo applications we’ve designed. While there, ask us to show you what’s new in Storyboard Suite for 2D and 3D artists and embedded systems developers.

Interact with Storyboard GUI demos on Embedded Hardware

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We know that embedded teams want to be able to interact with real demos instead of watching edited videos and listening to us boast about features. Our booth will be brimming with multi-market Storyboard demos on a number of platforms, including:

Our UI 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 5.0 release.

In addition, you’ll find Storyboard demos in other booths at the show, including NXP (Hall 4A/4A-220), Embedded Artists (Hall 4/4-544), Toradex (Hall 1/1-639), EBV (Hall 3A/Stand 229), TQ-Systems (Hall 1/1-578), and VeriSilicon (Hall 3/3-510).

Follow us on Twitter to see photos and videos from the exhibition floor throughout the week.

Hear us Speak!

We are fortunate to be speaking at Embedded World this year, so reserve some time on March 14th to learn more about our thoughts on and approaches to UI design and development for embedded systems.

Speaker: Thomas Fletcher, VP Research & Development, Crank Software
Time: March 14th, 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Presentation: Keep Designers in the Driver’s Seat and Build Better User Interfaces

Check out Storyboard Suite 5.0

We are getting set to release Storyboard Suite 5.0  and we are excited to show off the features and capabilities we’ve added for embedded UI design teams. Stop by the booth ask to see it in action.

To learn more about what to expect in the Storyboard Suite 5.0 release, check out our recent webinar, now available on-demand.

If you want to get together with us at Embedded World, please contact us to set up a meeting. Alternatively, just drop by our booth and chat with us. We are friendly Canadians and we’d be happy to talk with you about embedded UI design and maybe hockey and cold winters.

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

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Experience the Evolution of Embedded GUI Design at Embedded World 2016

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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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Introducing Storyboard Suite 4.1: Driven by GUI Designers – for GUI Designers

Earlier this year we announced the release of Storyboard Suite 4.0, giving embedded GUI design and development teams an easier and faster way to get their applications to market. 4.0 focused heavily on streamlining the design experience and supporting collaborative team development, with enhancements like multiple application design file support, model comparison and merge streamlining, support for 9-patch images, Lua Editor updates to increase productivity and make debugging easier, support for scrolling layers and circles and arc render extensions, and more!

When we release a new version of Storyboard Suite, we celebrate the success and innovation and get right back to making improvements and fine-tuning the user experience. Because our in-house UI & UX designers use Storyboard Suite on our own product feature demos and to create applications for customers, we find out quickly what we love and we know we could love more with a few tweaks.

Because of these tweaks and improvements, we bring you…

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Storyboard Suite 4.1 – Driven by GUI Designers, for GUI Designers

Available today, leverage the enhanced and improved capabilities we’ve brought to Storyboard Suite 4.1.

Quickly and easily edit animations

We’ve added significant enhancements to the animation timeline to make it easier to create and edit application animations, including:

  • the ability to copy and paste entire rows of animation steps
  • alignment controls on animation timeline
  • editing within the properties view
  • the ability to multi-select animation steps for quick adjustments
  • updated color coding to easily distinguish between animation elements

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Design more efficiently and intuitively

We’ve fine-tuned a number of capabilities in Storyboard Designer to increase design and development productivity, by simplifying steps and making the UI more intuitive. These changes include:

  • In the Application Model View,
    • double-clicking Lua scripts enable editing
    • the Lua Script action label now includes the Lua function name
    • double-clicking an Action allows contextual editing
  • The Properties View has been streamlined to replace expanded shelves with tabs, making it easier to see the active render extensions that are being modified
  • Enhanced Group highlighting – Groups are highlighted upon selection in the Application Model or if they are ALT-selected in the editor. The selection displays the outline of the group contents and allows for easy resizing. Groups are also shown in the wireframe and outline mode
  • Updated Photoshop file (PSD) re-import workflow – Review and accept location changes of re-imported images
  • The platform specific color selectors have been replaced with a new generic SWT based color picker, leading to a more consistent experience across platforms

To test drive Storyboard Suite 4.1, download the 30-day full featured evaluation version today.

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