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

Hardware. We are bringing so much hardware.
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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Driving Excellence in Automotive HMI Design: Storyboard on the NXP i.MX 8 at CES

Whether it’s commuting to and from work, chauffeuring the kids to hockey*, or running errands, we spend countless hours driving on a daily basis. Fortunately for those of us who feel like we live part-time in our cars, technology is evolving at a rapid rate to enhance the driving experience and to allow us to connect with our vehicles more seamlessly and safely.

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If you were at CES last week, you might have noticed a few automotive HMI demos at the show. Every year we see stunning innovation in automotive technology and new features that inspire consumers to hand over their money. (No flying car yet, however.) This year was no exception. CES 2017 showcased the coolest automotive HMI technology from the biggest automakers to small, low-cost suppliers, and everyone in between.

Keeping up with such a fast-growing and ever-changing technology and meeting consumer expectations isn’t an easy feat for automotive HMI design and development teams. Consumer expectations are high. Take a look at your smartphone. Impressive graphics, right? You have a powerful mobile computer that fits in your pocket. It’s a navigation system, audio/video player, and communication device that’s available to you when you need it. We’ve come to expect these same capabilities to be available to us on demand when needed, even in our cars. And we expect them to look great.

So how do teams deliver graphically stunning, connected, responsive, feature-rich automotive HMI experiences? Development teams need a high-performance and reliable processor that can support rich graphics, display to multiple screens, and handle a variety of inputs, such as the NXP i.MX 8. Making high-performance hardware look great and delivering an intuitive user experience is the job of the UI development framework. What consumers see on their car screens is the graphical representation of all of the information and data available to them, from their digital instrument cluster to their in-vehicle infotainment and entertainment displays.

Making Automotive HMIs that meet consumer expectations

It can be challenging for teams to deliver beautiful, user-friendly, and safety-conscious graphical content to a range of automotive displays. They need tools that support the following:

  • Design-centric – Design and user experience are critical to automotive HMIs. To achieve a high-quality design aesthetic and intuitive interaction, it’s critical to keep the designer in control throughout the development process.
  • Collaborative Workflow – Automotive HMIs are often built by teams, not by individuals. The software processes and workflow should support that.
  • Design ChangeIterative design is a reality. From minor tweaks to major updates in artwork, changes can, and should, happen. If it’s painful to iterate the design, it’s more likely that design compromise will occur.
  • Embedded Focus – Hardware for embedded displays has unique capabilities and constraints. The UI development software should have a focus on embedded.

We built Storyboard Suite with these requirements and others in mind. With our vast experience in the embedded marketplace and our focus on making Storyboard Suite feature-rich, yet user-friendly, many companies choose Storyboard for their exciting HMI projects.

Speaking of exciting HMI projects…

NXP showcased a distributed eCockpit and Infotainment at CES 2017 that was built using Storyboard Suite for the i.MX 8.This impressive multi-screen demo was a collaborative effort by NXP and Crank Software and included the following displays:
  • Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Head-up Display
  • In-Vehicle Infotainment
  • Backseat Entertainment

Thanks to the powerful i.MX 8, this demo was able to run four high-resolution screens at frame rates up to 60fps off one processor.

Integrating a mix of 2D and 3D content, the team was able to work collaboratively on the applications using Storyboard’s multi-file support, and seamlessly merge the project files and iterate the design throughout the lifecycle. The 3D models were created with high-fidelity detail to take advantage of the rich GPU capabilities of the i.MX 8.

 

To try Storyboard for your own automotive HMI projects, download a free 30-day trial.

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*So Canadian of me

Designing a Rich UI for Industrial Electronic Controls with Storyboard

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Whether a team is creating an application for automotive, medical, industrial, or a white goods product, there’s a core set of capabilities that the UI development framework they choose to work with has to be able to deliver, regardless of the target market. When we talk with customers during their development process and when we meet designers and developers at trade shows and events we tend to hear common themes of challenges and requirements, such as:

  • Time and resources are often tight, so the UI software has to be easy to use.
  • There are a lot of stakeholders and decision makers which means the design will likely change. The tools have to easily support design change.
  • The UI has to be able to communicate with the underlying system.
  • Applications have to be able to run on various platforms. Scalable design solutions are a must.
  • Team members have to be able to work collaboratively and in parallel to save time and take advantage of the collective skillset.
  • Performance is always a priority. Always. But so are aesthetics and solid design.

These challenges and requirements are true for most UI projects, including industrial applications. We recently interviewed a team of designers and engineers from Parker Hannifin’s Electronic Controls Division to learn more about a major product they delivered to market using Storyboard Suite. Learn more about their project, their requirements, and how they utilized Storyboard to create the user interface for their successful electronic controls product in the Parker Customer Story.

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To try Storyboard for your own UI development and to see how it addresses your own challenges and requirements, download a free 30-day trial.

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See Storyboard User Interface Demos on your Hardware

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When working with any embedded platform it’s helpful to be able to quickly validate its capabilities and performance before investing the time and resources to create and deploy applications. Pre-built and packaged demos make it easy to test drive hardware with applications designed to its specifications.

Over the past several months we’ve been building a demo image library of application user interfaces created in Storyboard for a variety of platforms and hardware. Each demo image is built for a specific target with its unique capabilities, constraints, performance, and screen form factor in mind. The Storyboard user interface demos are packaged with simple instructions for getting the applications up and running on your target quickly.

Browse our library of Storyboard demos for platforms from NXP, STMicroelectronics, Atmel, and more. We will be adding new demos in the coming months, so check back often.

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Here’s an example of one of the Storyboard demo images, a multi-market demo on the NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus:

Download a free 30-day trial to test drive Storyboard and create your own application UIs.

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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.

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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.

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