Segger embOS Support

Crank Software will be introducing support in Storyboard Suite 3.0 for non MMU targets by offering a runtime for Segger’s embOS. New and existing Crank customers will now be able to use Storyboard Suite 3.0 as a single solution to support traditional 32 bit family processors and lower level non MMU platforms.

Storyboard Suite enables customers to begin prototyping and development before a final hardware platform has been chosen. Developers can use the included simulator within Storyboard Designer to test the graphical user interface to verify touch or press events are working as defined in the product specification.

Adding support for non MMU platforms opens up additional hardware opportunities for Storyboard applications. Giving customers more choice on what platforms they can deploy their Storyboard Application on is an incredible value add.

Stay tuned for more information on our non MMU support as we get closer to the Storyboard Suite 3.0 release.

Upcoming Storyboard Suite 3.0 Release

Crank Storyboard™ Suite enables UI Designers and Embedded Developers with the ability to quickly prototype, develop and deploy rich animated user interfaces for embedded devices. The upcoming Storyboard™ Suite 3.0 release has a number of new and improved features including animation timeline, iOS support, custom shaders, internationalization, and image optimization just to name a few.

Click on the video to see a sneak peak of what to expect with the new animation timeline!

Android Support

The upcoming Storyboard Suite 2.0 brings with it the ability to export a Storyboard Project as a native Android Application. 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 to Android, right click on the application .gde file and select Export as Native Android Application.

Next you will be presented with the Export Selection dialogue. Here you will be able to change the application name, specify which directory you want the package to be exported to, and how your application will be orientated and scaled. You will also have the option to select how your application with be signed … either by your existing keystore or one created by Storyboard.

Next you will see the Export Manifest dialogue box. Here you can personalize your application by specifying the icons to be used with the Android application. By default Storyboard includes it’s own icons.

There you have it. After clicking Finish the Android package (.apk) will be in the directory you specified earlier on. I used the default setting and that places it in the current project directory.

The next step is to copy that apk file over to your Android phone or tablet and install.

Crank Storyboard Suite v1.3 BETA

Hello Everyone,

Things have been movin and shakin here at Crank Headquarters over the last couple of months. What’s going down at HQ you might ask? Well Crank Storyboard Suite v1.3 is taking shape and we are very excited of the new and updated features that are going into this lovely piece of software. What new features are going into SB v1.3 you might ask? (Wow, we have a great crowd today with lots of great questions 😉 ) Let me give you the low down …

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 – You can look forward to effects such as spotlights, reflections, 3D screen transitions, and coverflow like behaviour.
  • Templates – Save a control with associated actions for reuse later in your project.
  • Performance Info – Gather info during the final test / release cycle to fine tune performance on resource constrained devices.
  • Resource Cleanup – Scrub your application of unneeded font and image assets.
  • GoTo Functionality– Type in a layer, control, function etc. name to get a list of where that name is referenced in your entire application.
  • Updated Collaboration – Added further enhancements to better facilitate Git workflows.
  • Updated PSD Import – New ability to import multiple PSD files to a single GDE file.

So with all that said, Storyboard Suite v1.3 is not fully polished but is in a stable state to share with everyone as a Beta. If anyone is interested in living on the wild side and helping us shape Storyboard Suite v1.3 into an even more exciting development environment, click here.

You will be directed to our regular eval page and once filled in, and progress to the download page, you will see an option of downloading the Released v1.2 or Beta v1.3 version of Storyboard. Please post any SB v1.3 Beta related issues to the Beta forum located here.

-JamieV