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Storyboard Suite 5.2

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:50 pm
by jamiev
Please visit to download the latest 5.2 version of Storyboard Suite.

Welcome to the Storyboard Suite 5.2 release

Storyboard Designer

Rich Text Render Extension
Richer text display capability to allow light text formatting (different fonts, size, colors)

Storyboard Connector
A new view in Storyboard Designer allows users to select external events , and generate them from within Designer to a running simulation.

Adobe Artboards
Artboards can now be imported directly into Storyboard Designer as screens.

PSD Reimport Comparison
The reimport will now show both the new image render extension and the old fill render extension in the comparison view. The user will have the choice to keep both or pick one or the other.

Command Line Export Support
Export configurations can now be triggered from the command line.

Exporting Large Projects
Large project exporting has been optimized for speed.

Unused Variables
When unused variables or unresolvable variables are detected, they are now highlighted with a warning marker in the Application View and show up as markers in the Problems View.

Internal Variables
Internal variables that are tied to an event are now displayed in the variables list without having the specific filter selected.

History View
Storyboard Designer now has a history view that allows insight into the undo/redo command stack.

Custom Event Editor
Custom user events now have an advanced editor of their own that offers tighter integration with the Storyboard Connector view and allows direct export to C/C++ header files.

Storyboard Search
When a GDE model file is open in the background, Storyboard search can now take place in the context of the LUA editor.

Known Issues

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.

3D Model Axis
The 3D model's axis no longer shows up in the direct editing mode.

Designer Notes
HTML generated designer notes cannot be viewed within the Linux version of Storyboard Designer.

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

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.

Compressed Storyboard Package (*.sbp) Support
To satisfy international export regulations, the runtime plugin to support SBP archives must be provided separately. E-mail to receive a plugin for your platform.

File IO falls back to local filesystem if the referenced file does not exist in the .sbp archive.

VxWorks OS is now a supported OS target.

STM32479I-EVAL is now a supported platform.

Resource Manager
The resource manager unit options for controlling the font and image cache sizes have changed to from kilobytes to bytes and now supports the symbolic qualifiers K and M.

Media Backend
The disconnect action has been exposed as an action in Designer. The media plugin can now send a disconnect to the media backend without exiting.

Scrolling Tables and Layers
Tables and layers no longer scroll when there are no cells or controls outside the current viewport.

Scroll Configuration Parameters
Users can reconfigure the drag threshold and the bounce back time values for their system through the use of command line arguments.

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.

Tables Not Cloneable
Tables are not cloneable using the Lua gre.clone_object() API

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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