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Storyboard Suite 5.3

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:35 pm
by jamiev
Please visit http://www.cranksoftware.com/storyboard_suite_eval to download the latest 5.3 version of Storyboard Suite.

Welcome to the Storyboard Suite 5.3 maintenance release

Storyboard Designer
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Major Performance Analysis Work
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- 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
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New change display orientation screen transition action

Multi-gde
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Secondary gdes are now added to the .launch file correctly.

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

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


Known Issues
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Installer
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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
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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
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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
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In Storyboard Designer, when a control/layer with transparency is rotated, it is rendered with a white fill.


Storyboard Embedded Engine
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Raspberry Pi
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Raspberry Pi swrender and OpenGL runtimes are now shipping

QNX Scaling
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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>

FPS
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The -oscreen_mgr,fps option has been deprecated

Gstreamer
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Audio can now be paused using gstreamer.

Native Win32 Runtime Deprecation
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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
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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 support@cranksoftware.com to discuss the deprecation timeline.

ffmpeg Plugin
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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
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The FPS display format on the screen manager has changed and it no longer requires additional levels of verbosity to be output.

Subclipse
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When following instructions to install Subclipse to connect to the Crank Public SVN, note that Subclipse is now located at https://dl.bintray.com/subclipse/releas ... se/latest/


Known Issues
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Flickering Between Screen Transitions
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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
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The rotation of 9-patch images is not supported.

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

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


Getting Started
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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
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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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For further information on Crank Storyboard Designer or any other Crank Software products please visit http://www.cranksoftware.com or email [url]info@cranksoftware.com[/url]


Forums
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Storyboard Community Forum
http://forums.cranksoftware.com/


Blog
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Crank Software Blog
http://blog.cranksoftware.com/


Thank you for using Crank Storyboard Designer!