Crank Software and Renesas Electronics collaborate to accelerate HMI application development

Crank Software and Renesas Electronics America announced today a collaboration to deliver an enhanced experience for HMI application development on Linux. Crank Storyboard Suite provides developers of user interfaces for embedded devices the tools to design, develop, and deploy applications with speed and ease, and Renesas provides the high-speed, high-performance RZ/A microprocessor for the target hardware. Together, Crank and Renesas deliver an impressive solution for efficiently developing fast, beautiful HMI-based applications for Linux systems. Check out the demo to see multiple applications built with Storyboard and deployed to the Renesas RZ/A. If you happen to find yourself at ARM TechCon 2014 from October 1-3, visit the Renesas booth (1114) to learn more about Crank Storyboard™ Suite technology running on the Renesas RZ/A. 

Start your (embedded) Engines! Storyboard Suite 3.2.1…GO!

Our Storyboard Suite 3.2 release last year was packed full of new features for the design, embedded engine and browser. Now that it has been “in the wild” for 6 months and customers have been using it to create user interfaces (UI) for their embedded applications, we’ve been getting great feedback about which features users love, which ones could benefit from a little refinement, and which new features would be helpful to respond to embedded UI design pain points. We value the comments and questions we get from our customers, because it provides us an opportunity to make Storyboard better and to constantly fine tune the experience of building UIs for embedded applications.

SB_3.2.1We are excited to announce the release of Storyboard Suite 3.2.1, available now

While Storyboard Suite 3.2.1 won’t make coffee for you (although you could use it to build a wicked UI for a coffee machine), we have added the following support and enhancements:

  • Storyboard QNX 6.5 runtime has been validated against the most recent QNX 6.6 release
  • Keycode support for non-visible keyboard keys such as function and arrow keys
  • Improved Polygon rendering
  • Added termination events for built-in table scrolling
  • Improved animation scaling
  • To facilitate working with multiple PSD files for different elements of an application design, we’ve added the option for users to add a namespace prefix during the Photoshop PSD File import
  • Embedded C Header Export supports all project resources, such as fonts, images, and scripts
  • Refined model comparison algorithm significantly improves the merge experience

If you are a current Storyboard Suite customer, you can update to 3.2.1 directly from Storyboard Designer.

If you aren’t a current customer, sign up for a free 30-day evaluation of Storyboard Suite. This isn’t a watered-down version of Storyboard. It’s a fully-functioning version to provide you the opportunity to use the breadth of Storyboard’s features to build UIs for your embedded projects.

Storyboard Suite 3.2.1 by CrankDownload a free 30 day evaluation of a fully functional version of Storyboard Suite 3.2.1 now. 

Crank Software Named Freescale Proven Partner for Making Graphical UI Development Easy with Storyboard Suite

Crank Software announced today that it has been named a Proven Partner in the Freescale® Semiconductor Connect partner program. Crank Software develops Storyboard Suite, a turnkey UI development software that makes it easy for i.MX users to build graphical UIs and ultimately get their products to market faster.

“Creating an embedded device with a successful, graphical UI is a priority for many of our i.MX customers,” said Michael Norman, Software and Tools Technical Marketing Manager, Microcontroller business at Freescale. “We chose to partner with Crank Software because we are confident that with Storyboard Suite, our customers can get the best UIs possible for their devices, taking advantage of a collaborative process and short development time.”

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Crank Software Releases Storyboard Suite 3.2

Crank Software is excited to announce the release of Storyboard Suite 3.2 today!

Storyboard Suite 3.2 brings increased functionality to UI designers and embedded developers continuing to make it easy for your teams to develop, prototype, and refine a UI until it’s perfect for a customer – both in function and in design.

Additionally, we’ve improved the overall usability of Storyboard so you now benefit from simpler tools for off-screen content editing, reference anchor points for more precise alignment, and control property functions for inline math. And, Lua can now be used to create animations and directly set table attributes.

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UI Developers Can Deliver In-Browser HTML5 Content Easily With New WebKit Engine

Ottawa, October 23, 2013

Crank Software, an innovator in embedded user interface (UI) solutions, today announced Crank Storyboard Browser, an extension of Storyboard Suite with a WebKit-based HTML5 renderer that allows users to bring HTML content directly into a Storyboard Application and deploy it on an embedded target.

“We see the benefits of HTML5 and wanted to bring its capabilities to UI engineers without making them outsource WebKit development, which takes months and strains budgets,” said Brian Edmond, Crank Software president. “With Storyboard Browser, developers get exactly what they need – a version of WebKit that integrates HTML5 content into an easy-to-use Storyboard application.”

To get a UI development tool and a WebKit-based application that renders HTML5 content, product teams traditionally must piece together a multiple-vendor solution, but with Crank Software, teams can simply use the proven Storyboard Suite with the Storyboard Browser extension for a single-vendor, seamless solution to creating the best UI possible.

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