Creating innovative user experiences for VxWorks platforms

Crank Software Storyboard Suite support for Wind River VxWorks

Powering billions of intelligent products, Wind River VxWorks has long been a trusted real-time operating system (RTOS) for deploying embedded products and systems. With wide processor support, broad connectivity, and proven real-time performance and reliability, we are excited that VxWorks is a supported platform for bringing world-class Storyboard Suite applications to market.

At Embedded World 2018, we showcased an innovative programmable full-color dashboard display, built by Bosch Motorsport and running on VxWorks. The DDU 10 user interface was developed using Storyboard Suite and has configurable pages for customizing motorsport applications. Check out the video from Embedded World to see it in action.

 

Tutorial: Defining and Testing UI Communication

One of the most exciting new features from the Storyboard 5.2 release is Storyboard Connector. Storyboard Connector makes it easy for teams to define the events that are passed back and forth between the UI and the backend system processes. Once a team defines their events in Storyboard Connector’s event editor, the UI and system teams are able to develop and iterate faster while working in parallel.

Tutorial: Define and test UI communication

Let’s see it in action! In the video below, Nik will give a quick tutorial on the following capabilities in Storyboard Connector.

  • Define an event
  • Test the event during simulation
  • Export a C/C++ header of the events for the development team

Test drive Storyboard 5.2 for yourself. We provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try it out first hand.

 

Crank Software earns John Deere Supplier Innovation award

Crank Software wins John Deere Innovation Award

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.

Video series: Getting started with Storyboard

It’s the holiday gift that keeps on giving. Storyboard Suite videos!!

Fancy Dan has been working on a new “Getting Started with Storyboard Suite” series of videos and tutorials to help new and existing customers learn more about some of the essential Storyboard features and functionality. We will be adding to this series in the coming months, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay in-the-loop.

Import artwork to fast-track embedded UI development

You’ve already designed your UI in Photoshop? With a few simple steps, you can bring that Photoshop content to life in Storyboard. You’ll be able to interact with your UI faster than you can say “Photoshop Import”.

Add screens, transitions, and actions to applications

Watch Dan build up his application by adding additional screens and creating transition and flow from one screen to the next.

Bring your UI to life with animations

Let’s make this UI move! Next up, Dan adds life and movement to the application with Storyboard’s animation features. Animations in Storyboard are simple to create, change, and refine.

Add interaction with trigger events and actions

Let’s tie it all together. In this video, Dan goes further into adding interaction and usability by attaching actions and events to the UI controls.

Download our full-featured 30-day FREE trial today so that you can try out what you see in these tutorials.

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Developing embedded applications for uClinux platforms

Storyboard targets a variety of operating systems for embedded UI development across a range of microcontrollers and microprocessors. For many developers, Linux is the OS of choice for development for MPU targets. What about for MCUs? We see a lot of RTOS options, but where does Linux fit in the MCU world? One option is uClinux.

As a variation of the Linux kernel, uClinux targets microcontrollers and provides a compelling OS alternative to developers building applications for MCU platforms who are accustomed to developing for Linux-based MPU targets. uClinux benefits from the extensive support for components and communication found in Linux and is a robust and versatile OS for a range of embedded products.

Storyboard Suite supports uClinux as a target OS and is showcased in our latest demo image for the NXP RT1050.

Download i.MX RT1050 demo image

EmCraft, one of the biggest boosters for uClinux on MCUs, offers a variety of Cortex-M-based modules with uClinux BSPs, including the STM32F7 System-On-Module which can be seen in this application that EmCraft developed in Storyboard Suite.

Download our full-featured 30-day FREE trial today and test drive it for your embedded UI development.

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