Storyboard Suite 4.1

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Storyboard Suite 4.1

Postby jamiev » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:50 pm

Crank Software is excited to announce the release Storyboard Suite 4.1. To download a 30 day eval please visit ....

Crank Storyboard Suite v4.1

The Storyboard Suite 4.1 release includes stability, performance and user enhancements.

***Please note***

Once a Storyboard Project has been converted to the Storyboard 4.1 format, Storyboard projects are no longer compatible with Storyboard 3 and earlier projects.

Storyboard Designer

Animation Timeline Editing Enhancements

There have been a significant number of positive changes to the animation timeline to improve its usability and aesthetics which include ...

1) The ability to copy and paste entire rows of animation steps
2) Use alignment controls on animation timelines
3) Editing within the properties view
4) Updated color coding to easily distinguish between animation elements

Application View Enhancements

Minor enhancements to the application model view have been made to improve productivity such as ...

1) Double click to edit Lua Scripts
2) Change Lua Script action label to include the Lua function name
3) Double click the Action for editing to do something contextual

Properties View Enhancements

The properties view has been cleaned up to be less cluttered. Tabs have replaced the expanding shelves making it easier to see what render extension is active and currently being modified.

Highlighting Groups

Groups are now highlighted upon selection in the Application Model or if they are ALT-selected in the editor. The selection displays the outline of the group contents and allows for resizing. Groups are also shown in the wireframe and outline mode.

Update PSD Workflow (aka PSD merge, update and sync)

A new page has been added to the PSD re-importer that allows the user to review and accept location changes of re-imported images.

Color Picker Overhaul

The platform specific color selectors have been replaced with a new generic SWT based color picker.

Known Issues

Error When Updating or Installing Plugins

When Eclipse tries to update / install plugins it doesn't request an escalation in privileges which causes the update to fail with a strange error. Always run Storyboard Designer as administrator when doing an update or installing plugins.

Require Mac OS X 10.8 or greater

Storyboard Designer requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater due to the requirement by the Java 8 runtime from Oracle.

Resource Cleanup tool

Images that are not referenced directly, but are pulled in at runtime based on a Lua script action, will not be identified as used by the Resource Cleanup wizard and may be removed accidentally.

Storyboard Embedded Engine

Windows MultiTouch Support

Multi-touch support has been added via the winevent plugin that extends the normal windows event processing loop to support multi-touch event processing.

Gesture Plugin

A configurable threshold to the gesture plugin has been added. This will allow users to configure the sensitivity of the motions to the resolution of their displays.

Known Issues

Windows 8

Windows 8 will scale a Storyboard application to its resolution regardless of what the app was created to be displayed at. Setting the "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" in the compatibility section for the Storyboard runtime will resolve the issue.

iOS 8.x

In order to export for iOS 8.x devices, users will need to have installed Xcode 6.1.1 and it's command line tools.

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

For further information on Crank Storyboard Designer or any other Crank Software products please visit or email


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