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Tips for embedded GUI developers working from home

By Sarah Collie on Jun 16, 2020 11:01:36 AM

If you had have asked me (pre-Covid), what a typical day of an embedded user interface (UI) developer looked like, I would have answered with something like standup meetings with my teammates, working with clients, developing at my desk, and testing UI applications on physical hardware in our lab. As we all know however, the world is no longer the same and those in-office days are on pause. Fortunately, I’ve been able to quickly pivot and continue working and developing from home, with little to no impact on my productivity or client deliverables with the following tools and techniques that we've created in this fun infographic for you to share.

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Getting Started with Storyboard: Tips for Your Next Embedded GUI Development Project

By Alecia O'Brien on Jun 10, 2020 11:34:01 AM

Who says that developing a compelling, user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) for your next touchscreen device has to be complicated? At Crank Software, we believe that the most simplistic and intuitive solutions are the most effective – and fun to use. With Storyboard, our dedicated embedded GUI development platform, you’ll enjoy the journey as much as your audience will enjoy interacting with the finished product. Let’s go over some essential tips to help make your GUI project a reality!

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Converting PSDs & Embedded Apps to Android GUIs

By Jason Clarke on Aug 14, 2012 1:58:55 PM

Updated on: June 29th, 2020.

Whether it is for consumer electronics, in-vehicle infotainment systems, or mobile devices, devices running on an Android-based operating system can be found everywhere. Due in part to the many advantages it offers, such as its open-source code, broad ecosystem, and low cost, Android is becoming a popular choice for today’s embedded development projects.

So how can you make a Storyboard built application part of your next embedded project on Android OS?

Convert a PSD to an Android GUI in minutes

Most of the best looking graphical user interfaces (GUIs) start in design tools like Photoshop and then are moved or rebuilt with a different tool or framework that requires the developer to spend countless hours trying to position and skin the underlying framework to look like the original PSD file. With Storyboard, we make this transition easier and faster with the ability to easily import a PSD file into our GUI design and development tool, Storyboard, so that you can begin working immediately with all your graphics and layers already in place.

This video provides a quick walk through of how fast you can move from a Photoshop PSD file into Storyboard so that it can be easily exported as an Android APK that is ready to run on a device.

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