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Extending the Life of Your Embedded GUI

By Jason Clarke on Sep 2, 2020 8:56:00 AM

Ask any embedded GUI developer or designer about re-building your product’s user interface, and you’ll probably be met with groans. Creating user interfaces can be a long, laborious process and replacing them is usually something you want to do as infrequently as possible. This is true even considering best practices like using embedded software tools that enable simple screen design or coding practices that enforce cleanly separated business logic.

That’s because the bulk of the effort in creating embedded GUIs is:
- The heavy lifting of designing user workflows.
- The creation of attractive visual elements.
- Taking human-factors engineering into account.
- Performing usability tests.

Once your embedded GUI is built-out, your team needs to develop UI test suites to give you the confidence that things aren’t broken by bug fixes. Once that's done, there’s the downstream impacts to user documentation and product support that can mean substantial rework.

When you have your UI right the first time, it pays to keep it as long as humanly possible.

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Showing off next-gen embedded UIs at Embedded World 2020.

By Marisha Sesto on Feb 5, 2020 10:36:32 AM


The biggest embedded event of the year. 

The team at Crank is busy preparing for our biggest event of the year, Embedded World. From the latest trends to the best designs, we’re excited to talk all things embedded UIs. We’ll be showcasing next-gen embedded UIs powered by Storyboard at our booth (Hall 4, Booth 459). If you’re attending, come say hi and chat with our experts about: 

  • How to reduce your BOM with Storyboard Lite
  • How to save battery power with Hybrid Rendering  
  • Our upcoming Storyboard release
  • The newest boards from our partners
  • Who’s using Crank Software and Storyboard to get to market faster
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Develop lean and high-performance embedded UIs for MCU platforms with Storyboard Lite

By Jennie on Jul 4, 2019 7:14:41 AM

Don't carry more than you need. It's a rule that applies to many things.

I once bought my daughter one of those gigantic packages of crayons that contain over 200 colors and 33 shades of blue. She only used 12 of the colors but still had to carry that big package in her little backpack to school every day. She complained that it took up too much space in her bag and that it was so heavy it slowed her down. It was more than she needed.

Having more than you need is also a hindrance in embedded software development. Mass market products are built with cost in mind, which means teams are building applications for hardware platforms that are lean on memory and resources. These applications have to be able to fit AND perform well, making optimization and fine-tuning critical to success. You can't deploy more than you need. You have to choose which of the 33 shades of blue you need.

In our recent Storyboard 6.0 release, we launched Storyboard Lite, an exciting new configuration of our widely-adopted embedded UI development tool. Storyboard Lite helps teams build applications that are tailor-made for their hardware platforms, especially for small resource-constrained targets where every kilobyte matters. It's lean enough to deliver fast and efficient applications, but with the same collaborative workflow and ease-of-use that developers are familiar within Storyboard.

Listen to what Thomas Fletcher, Crank's VP of R&D, had to say about Storyboard Lite and other supporting functionality at Embedded World 2019.

 

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Webinar: How to design rich UIs on resource-constrained platforms (feat. NXP i.MX RT1060)

By Alecia O'Brien on May 8, 2019 9:05:00 AM

NXP and Crank Software are teaming up again for the second webinar in our 2-part series on embedded UI development for the industry's first crossover processor series - the i.MX RT Series.

How to build your next supercharged embedded UI on the i.MX RT1060 (live demo)

  • Thursday, May 23
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
  • Hosted by NXP and Crank Software
  • Register here

Crank's upcoming release (ssssh!!) features Storyboard Lite, which has been designed specifically to support the convergence of low-power applications processors and high-performance microcontrollers, such as the RT Series. A memory footprint reduced version of Storyboard, Storyboard Lite enables the creation of highly responsive GUIs on resource-constrained (memory and flash limited) embedded target hardware platforms.

If you're looking to embrace growing consumer demand for enhanced user experience in smart, yet secure high-performance products, and support next generation IoT applications, then this webinar demonstration should definitely be on your calendar!

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Crank Storyboard vs. Qt: Which software is better for embedded GUI design and development?

By Jason Clarke on May 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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