Heute wurde die neue Release 2.0 der GUI Lösung Storyboard von Crank Software freiggeben.
Storyboard v2.0 stellt eine bedeutende Release dar, welche durch die Unterstützung von Android und 3D Objekten um wichtige Features erweitert wurde die von Kunden häufig nachgefragt wurden.
Erweiterungen in der neuen Release der Crank Software Storyboard 2.0 Suite sind im Detail:
Storyboard Suite 2.0 will initially support obj 3D modeling files with other 3D file formats coming in the future. This enables customers to combine 3D and 2D content together in their application to deliver an even greater rich user interface for end devices.
One of the incredibly easy things to do with Storyboard is to run the same application on multiple operating systems for prototyping or evaluating before physical hardware is available. Storyboard 2.0 continues that ease of use with adding the ability to export your Storyboard application into a native Android .apk package.
Here you can read more about Android Support on the Crank Software homepage.
Creating a UI involves working with many images. You might go through 15 or more iterations of the same image before deciding which is the final image approved for shipping. The issue sometimes is that all those previous images still reside in your project or you might be unknowingly using the same image with a different name in one area of your project and another somewhere else. Storyboard's new Consolidating Feature enables you to do a pixel compare of your images to make sure you only have the one needed image in your application. It will also modify your project to only reference that one image throughout your application. This makes sure you only have the necessary images in your application so that you are not using up space and needed memory on your resource constrained embedded device.
- Multicontrol / Table Templates
Storyboard supported templating in the past but only for single controls. With Storyboard 2.0 you can now create templates using multiple controls and tables as well. This new support enables you to create more rich templates to re-use in other Storyboard applications.
Spoiler Alert! Crank Software will have a Template Warehouse available on our website to enable customers to download Templates to help them get to market quicker. Stay tuned as details develop!
Crank is always striving to make Storyboard easier and more intuitive to use. One of those changes in 2.0 is modifications to the Action Dialogue. We have consolidated some of the steps in setting up an event so that more information or options are included on each dialogue eliminating unnecessary clicking of next buttons.
Another change in 2.0 to make things a little easier is the Application Model View. Crank has added more information under each control so you can very quickly at a glance see what variables or scripts are associated with them without having to open up the properties, variables or actions views.
- Custom Render Extension / Action Definitions
As many of you already know Storyboard is plugin based therefore you only have to run the individual plugins that you require in your final product. This enables customers to have their application as small as possible and only include the individual components they require.
In the event Storyboard does not have functionality the customer needs, they can use our SDK to create their very own Storyboard plugin. They can then define action properties in xml and import them into Storyboard Designer so they can be exposed to the developer.