Storyboard Suite 5.3

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Storyboard Suite 5.3

Postby jamiev » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:35 pm

Please visit to download the latest 5.3 version of Storyboard Suite.

Welcome to the Storyboard Suite 5.3 maintenance release

Storyboard Designer

Major Performance Analysis Work
- Resource allocating object tracking: animations, timers, controls
- CPU Usage reporting (Linux, QNX, MacOS)
- Broad range of pre-configured statistics
- Event filtering for content in statistics
- Event filtering for generation at command line
- External runtime performance start/stop event support

Screen Transitions
New change display orientation screen transition action

Secondary gdes are now added to the .launch file correctly.

Text Adjustments
- Standard text ellipsis option
- Rich text vertical text alignment

- RGB color creation API (gre.rgb, gre.torgb)
- Engine integrated logging API (gre.log)
- Clone support extended to tables (and tables in groups)
- Line information for gre function errors and warnings
- Lua GREDOM moved from a library to a plugin

Designer UI Refinements
- Automatic open of generated files (design report)
- Screen transition names better labelled
- Timer names available as drop down selection
- Timer Stop action now available
- Consistent default name (sbengine_model.h) on C/C++ header export
- Design report screen transition reporting overhaul
- Text editing undo operations
- Save As option for component editor
- Alignment controls decoupled from the editor
- Multi-select editing of animation FPS values
- Image rotation center point guidelines

Quality and Efficiency
- Designer compare/merge algorithmic hardening
- Automatic detection for gesture and multi-touch plugin enablement
- Event playback in SBVFS runtime environments

Known Issues

Starting with MacOS version 10.13.4, users are now notified when they use 32 bit applications for the first time with a pop-up. This will happen when you launch Storyboard Suite Installer.

Ubuntu 17.10 now uses Wayland as it's default compositor. The Eclipse version that serves as the framework for Storyboard Designer has some issues with Wayland. There are rendering issues when Storyboard Designer first comes up, and it will crash fairly quickly after starting with a "No more handles" error.
To work around this, start Ubuntu with the Ubuntu Xorg configuration. To launch this configuration, click your username. Select the gear icon that is displayed below the password box, and then select "Ubuntu xorg". This will start the UI without using Wayland.

Designer Notes
HTML generated designer notes cannot be viewed within the Linux version of Storyboard Designer. To work around the issue libwebkitgtk-3.0-0 needs to be installed.
sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-3.0-0

3D Control/Layer Rotation
In Storyboard Designer, when a control/layer with transparency is rotated, it is rendered with a white fill.

Storyboard Embedded Engine

Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi swrender and OpenGL runtimes are now shipping

QNX Scaling
For QNX the -orender_mgr,scale option has been deprecated and has been replaced by -orender_mgr,window_w=<display width>,window_h=<display height>

The -oscreen_mgr,fps option has been deprecated

Audio can now be paused using gstreamer.

Native Win32 Runtime Deprecation
This is a deprecation notice for the Win32 API-based renderer for Windows, Windows Compact 7, and Windows Embedded Compact 2013 platforms. The Win32 API renderer is being replaced with a Win32 software renderer that offers improved performance and rendering capability with other Storyboard platforms.

Windows Compact 7 (WinCompact7) Deprecation
This is a deprecation notice for the Windows Compact 7 platform. If ongoing support of this platform is of particular importance to you, please contact to discuss the deprecation timeline.

ffmpeg Plugin
The plugin now only starts automatically after it walks the model and finds actions that are part of the media plugin. The -offmpeg, forceload option can be passed to sbengine, forcing the ffmpeg plugin to start.

Frames Per Second Display
The FPS display format on the screen manager has changed and it no longer requires additional levels of verbosity to be output.

When following instructions to install Subclipse to connect to the Crank Public SVN, note that Subclipse is now located at ... se/latest/

Known Issues

Flickering Between Screen Transitions
fbdev is single buffered by default, which can cause flickering. Enabling a double buffered framebuffer with -orender_mgr,dblbuffer can resolve the issue.

9-Patch Image Rotation
The rotation of 9-patch images is not supported.

iOS Render Manager
We do not currently support multisampling on the iOS runtime.

ffmpeg Plugin
Due to the large ffmpeg size, you can remove if it isn’t needed to save space on resource-constrained target systems.

Getting Started
If this is your first time developing using Storyboard Designer there is a section in the documentation called Creating a Storyboard Designer Project to help you get started. Click on the Crank Documentation link on your desktop to locate the CrankStoryboardSuite.pdf. You can also view this document in Storyboard Designer under Help > Help Contents > Crank Storyboard Suite > Storyboard Designer > Creating a Storyboard Designer Project.

Samples Applications
There are many sample applications included in the Storyboard Suite installation to help you get up and developing quickly. They can be located in <installation directory>\Crank Software\Samples

Contact Information
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