Developing brilliant embedded UIs for the i.MX RT1050

Storyboard on the NXP i.MX RT

Late last year, NXP announced the i.MX RT Series, a crossover processor that is optimized for low power and high performance. Built for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and lower power usage, the i.MX RT Series doesn’t compromise on what’s important to end users; high-performance, usability, advanced multimedia, and impressive graphics. This series fills a gap and hits a sweet spot that offers the best of both the MCU and application processor worlds to provide an excellent platform option for medical, IoT, building/home automation, and smart appliance applications.

Helpful resources to get you started with embedded GUI development for the RT1050

Check out the following resources to understand more about building applications for NXP RT1050 platforms.

Demo images: We’ve been building up our inventory of NXP demo images to make it fast and simple for you to see applications on your i.MX RT1050 platforms with both uClinux and FreeRTOS variants. Download them and try them out!

On-demand webinar: In addition to demo images, we also have an on-demand i.MX1050 webinar, “Delivering performance, functionality, and stunning design to embedded products” available that we hosted with NXP.

EmCraft demo: Our friends at EmCraft Systems created a short demo built with Storyboard Suite and instructions for quickly installing it to an NXP i.MX RT1050 EVK board.

Haven’t tried Storyboard Suite yet? Download our full-featured 30-day FREE trial today, and test drive it for your embedded UI development.


Webinar: A better way to build UIs with Embedded Artists

Crank Software & Embedded Artists webinar


Whether you’re an embedded user interface (UI) designer, developer, or team lead, you’ve probably come across these issues before:

  • Designer: The final product doesn’t look like the design I created
  • Developer: Finding or building a board that fits our functional, performance, and environmental requirements is nearly impossible
  • Team lead: Do I delay the release to get the UI design just right? Can I accept the tradeoffs between design and development? Does my budget allow for the board my developer wants to build?

The embedded UI development process shouldn’t be this hard and, in fact, it’s pretty easy to overcome all these issues and more.

Accelerate UI development now

On June 1st, join Crank Software and Embedded Artists to learn how to bring designers and developers together on low-risk, low-cost hardware using Storyboard Suite on NXP i.MX 7-based computer-on-modules (COM). Crank Software will demonstrate features that support ease-of-use for designers and simplify the challenge of inevitable design churn and iteration. This includes: design import and re-import from Adobe Photoshop, creating vibrant animations via the built-in timeline, and seeing how to quickly deploy and debug your app on real embedded hardware.

Be fast like this cat

Deliver UIs as fast as this cat

Embedded Artists will explain how their COM boards and display adapter solutions accelerate development across display types and resolutions, making it easy to focus on your core business and deliver applications faster. This build or buy calculator illustrates the costs of building your own boards.

3 reasons to sign up

  1. Learn how to reduce (or eliminate!) the churn between design and development
  2. Find out how purpose-built COM boards and adapter solutions accelerate time to release
  3. If you don’t believe the words, see how quickly it can all be done via live demonstrations

You can also ask questions at any time to help understand how all this fits into your team.

Accelerating UI development with Crank Software & Embedded Artists
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:00 A.M EDT or 1:00 P.M EDT


If you can’t attend the live webinar, don’t panic. Our webinar recordings are always available here for on-demand viewing.

Webinar: Bringing UIs to life with Crank + Toradex

Toradex and Crank webinar

Here’s a simple question: When it comes to building embedded UIs, who comes first – the designer or the developer?

The “right” answer is both. By treating them equally, both types of people can work together to create UIs that are beautiful, functional, and perform on whatever embedded targets you have. With Storyboard Suite, designers and developers work in a single, unified workspace, allowing each one to create, customize, and validate UIs without any barriers between them.

And in our Bringing UIs to Life webinar, hosted by Toradex, we demonstrate exactly how you can do it.

Click to watch

How to bring designers and developers together

“The job of embedded systems now is to figure out how to come closer to meeting expectations of strong, compelling user experience.”
– Jason Clarke

The key to building better embedded UIs is to allow designers and developers to use the tools they already know, provide a common workspace to bring it all together, and ensure the final result is as close as possible to the design.

As this webinar illustrates, Storyboard Suite lets designers bring in their Adobe Photoshop or 3D FBX files, add behavior, and validate it all on either the built-in simulator or real hardware. It’s painless and pretty amazing.

Jump to these specific times in the webinar to see exactly how this works:

  • 8:38: Bringing designs to life
  • 38:30: Running an app on real hardware
  • 41:45: Quickly testing out a design update
  • 45:40: Comparing differences between two design iterations

If you’re already on board, you can jump right to the Q&A at the end (48:00), where you’ll learn the answers to such questions as:

  1. Do you have to flatten the effects or blending layers for import into Storyboard?
  2. How easy is it to create custom widgets?
  3. Can you integrate a Storyboard app with Qt? (Hint: Yes, you can)

Click to watch

if you have a Toradex Colibri i.MX 7 board, download and run our pre-built demo image to see real Storyboard apps in action.


Ready to try Storyboard Suite for yourself? Download our free 30-day evaluation now.


Attend our Animation Webinar to Build GUIs your Customers Want to Touch

Storyboard Animation Webinar. Create GUIs your customers want to touch.

In our modern connected society, screens are everywhere. In our homes, cars, workplaces, and as we navigate the ‘real world’, screens change how we perform daily tasks, drive, and work. Mobile devices have upped the ante when it comes to touchscreen experience and our expectations for the look and feel of embedded HMI interactions have risen accordingly.

Adding Animations to your GUIs

Flat and static displays don’t scream “touch me”, but they might get the job done. However, a little thoughtful and subtle movement can go a long way in improving not just the aesthetics of a display, but ease-of-use and intuitive interaction. While we don’t advocate you throw every effect and transition available into your design, incorporating responsible and consistent animations can add visual cues to guide the user and help them be successful at their tasks. Animations should enhance, not distract from, the task at hand, so no flashing elements or cat gifs.


Super cute. But no.

If you are thinking, “What? No cat gifs? Teach me more!”, then you should definitely sign up for our next webinar, on July 27th, 11am EST. In fact, if you are at all responsible for creating GUIs for embedded devices you don’t want to miss this one. Our webinars contain 83% fewer slides than other webinars*, so it will be pretty great.

(Because modern marketing books tell us that readers love lists and that odd-numbered lists are better than even-numbered lists*, here are three reasons to register for our animation webinar.)

3 Reasons to Sign up for our Awesome Animation Webinar

  1. Awareness – Learn more about the benefits and technical considerations of adding animation and movement to GUIs for embedded applications.
  2. Best practices and trends – We’ve been developing applications for embedded systems for many years so experience has taught us a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
  3. Live demos – See live demos of the latest features and functionality in Storyboard Suite that make it easy to create, edit, and tune animations.


If you can’t attend the live webinar, don’t panic. We always make our webinar recordings available for on-demand viewing.

If you haven’t taken Storyboard Suite for a test drive yet, download a 30-day free evaluation and try it out.


*It’s possible I made these stats up

Webinar Series: Storyboard Suite for Embedded GUI Development

We’ve always worked hard to deliver videos that showcase Storyboard Suite features, teach tips & tricks, and provide a more in-depth look at technical functionality. Video gives us an opportunity to visually showcase Storyboard, rather than just talk about it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million? My math might be a bit off, so don’t quote me on that.


Videos are useful because they are short, concise, and don’t require much time to consume, but because of this they can only begin to scratch the surface when it comes to showcasing the depth and breadth of functionality. To increase visibility into Storyboard Suite features, we’ve started running webinars that dive deeper and focus on different topics, capabilities and target audiences. For example, our recent webinar (now available on-demand) was geared toward designers responsible for the look and feel of the GUIs for embedded applications. We wanted to demonstrate Storyboard Suite from the perspective of the designer, so our presenter was our UI designer, Fancy Dan, who uses Storyboard daily to create embedded GUIs.

3 Reasons to check out our Storyboard Webinars

  1. You haven’t used Storyboard yet. What? We can fix this. Go ahead and download the 30-day trial, but while you are waiting for your evaluation license, check out our first webinar which provided an overview of what Storyboard is, who it’s for, and why it’s easy to use for GUI development. This is one of the easiest ways to learn about using Storyboard to create GUIs for embedded applications.
  2. You like getting a sneak preview of upcoming features. We aren’t secretive and we are proud to preview capabilities before a release. A lot of the functionality and features that go into each version happen because we value feedback from our customers. Webinars give us an opportunity to test drive these features before development wraps up. For example, our Storyboard Suite 4.2 sneak peek webinar provided a preview of upcoming features a couple of months before the official release. Customers were excited to see what was coming down the pipe.
  3. You learn from demos, not slides. Demos say a lot about a product, especially when performed in real-time and unedited. We know you’ll learn more about what you can do with Storyboard if you see it in use. We’ll probably throw in a couple of slides for entertainment value. In a recent designer-focused webinar, our UI designer walked through his process and workflow for working in Photoshop and Storyboard to create the visual design of an embedded application, including screen transitions, animations, and design iteration.

All of our webinars are presented live, but also recorded for on-demand viewing if you miss out.

If you haven’t tried Storyboard yet and some of the features in our webinars spark an interest, we provide a full-featured 30-day evaluation for you to try out Storyboard first hand.