Crank Software's Storyboard™ Suite 2.1 adds 3D Model and Android Support

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Storyboard continues to make it faster and easier to prototype, develop and deploy rich 2D and 3D user interfaces that can run immediately on Android or many other embedded and mobile platforms.

Storyboard users can now rapidly prototype and verify new ideas on off the self Android devices

Crank Software Inc., an innovator in embedded user interface solutions, announced today the release of their latest version of their flagship product Storyboard™ Suite 2.1 which adds support for 3D models and Android APK creation. These new features build on the Storyboard Suite platform that allows both UI designers and system engineers to quickly create a rich animated user interface to meets the increasing performance and size demands of today’s embedded systems.

With the market demand for 3D elements in embedded UIs combined with the increase in availability of OpenGL ES 2.0 GPUs on most new reference platforms OEM’s require a UI solution that can assist them in getting to market faster. With Storyboard 2.1, Crank Software’s customers can easily add 3D OBJ models and effects to their user interfaces without any additional work or code and have them leverage the GPU acceleration immediately on major silicon vendor embedded targets like Texas Instruments, Freescale and Fujitsu.

The addition of Android support to Storyboard Suite 2.1 will not only enable Android developers to utilize Storyboard for UI development, but will also provide a quick and easy UI prototyping environment on standard Android tablets and phones for all Crank Software users. Storyboard Suite’s Android support not only provides Android developers with a richer UI development environment but also provides accelerated graphics by utilizing directly the OpenGL ES performance of the Android NDK without the requirement to write or compile any code.

“The addition of 3D model and Android support makes Storyboard an even more powerful tool suite to create the next generation of user interfaces.” said Jason Clarke, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Crank Software Inc. “Storyboard users can now rapidly prototype and verify new ideas on off the self Android devices and in a natural touch environment that allows them push their UI to next level before their hardware is even available.”

About Crank Software Inc.

Crank Software is an innovator in embedded user interface (UI) solutions. Our products and services enable R&D teams to quickly and collaboratively develop rich animated UIs for resource-constrained embedded devices compared to traditional electronic design automation tools. Today, time is wasted in the development lifecycle because the design goes back and forth between UI designers, user experience designers, and embedded systems engineers. The Crank Storyboard Suite enables stakeholders to work in parallel. Storyboard manages the entire UI lifecycle—from UI design to simulation to being optimized for the device. Storyboard delivers competitive advantage because streamlining the development lifecycle enables companies to get products to market faster, with higher ROI, and lower TCO while delivering a superior customer experience.

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