Storyboard Tutorial – Creating dynamic tables with variables

Sometimes the best way to display data in Storyboard is with tables and table variables. Tables, as well as cells within the table, are able to contain several render extensions aka user interface table variables. This allows them to behave dynamically and perform a wide variety of tasks. In our last tutorial, we walked through a simple introduction to creating tables in Storyboard Suite. In this tutorial, we are going to go a little deeper and venture into table variables.

Prerequisite

Before getting started, download the example that we’ve started for you and import it into Storyboard. You should see something that looks like this:

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Importing a Storyboard Project

Here are a couple of easy steps to import a Storyboard Project Archive into Storyboard Designer.

Right click within the Navigator view or left click File from the top menu and select Import.

Next you will be presented with the Import Selection dialogue. Expand General by clicking on the triangle to the left of the folder. Select Existing Projects into Workspace and then click Next.

Check the Select archive file: radio button and then Browse to the Storyboard Project Archive. Click Finish to import the archive into your workspace.

 

Exporting a Storyboard Project

Storyboard Designer gives you the ability to export your project for either archiving, sharing or demo purposes. Here are a couple of easy steps showing you how to do that.

When your Storyboard Project is complete and you are ready to export, right click on the project folder and select Export.

Next you will be presented with the Export Selection dialogue. Expand General by clicking on the triangle to the left of the folder. Select Archive File and then click Next.

Next you will see the Export Archive file box. Here you will see all the folders and files that will be included in the archive you are about to create. Browse to the location where you want to save and then provide a name for your archive. Review and verify your Options and then click Finish.

Building a Storyboard Application – Video #3 – Lua Scripting

Video #3 in our Building a Storyboard Application series is now up and does a great walk through on how you leverage Lua scripting in your application. Lua is a great scripting language for embedded applications with it’s ease of use, awesome performance and ability to be extended. If you haven’t used Lua before be sure to check it out.

If you missed the previous videos in the series be sure to check them out here :

Video #1 – PSD Importing

Video #2 – Creating Animations

Building a Storyboard Application – Video #2 – Animations

This is the second video in our “Building a Storyboard Application” series. If you missed the first video you can watch it here.

In this video Dan will take you though how to use the animation timeline editor to give your applications a little more life.

Keep watch for the next video where Dan will take you through how to add some Lua scripting to you application.