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What is Storyboard?

Crank Storyboard is GUI Design and Development software that enables engineers and designers to create optimized GUIs for embedded devices rapidly and with ease. So much so that device manufacturers at Fortune 500 companies rely on Storyboard to help them create their award-winning, innovative touch screens for their smart kitchens, white goods, cars, and industrial devices. We're their secret sauce. Our proprietary design and development platform encourages GUI designers and software engineers to work side-by-side for maximum efficiency, yet independently so they can validate designs and performance much earlier, handle iterations in design with ease, and get their products to market faster. All applications created in Storyboard are automatically optimized for maximum performance on a range of platforms from resource-constrained microcontrollers to high-powered microprocessors, meaning a broader spectrum of devices can now have brilliantly-designed GUIs, without draining resources to run them. How does it work? Storyboard does not generate source code to be compiled but instead generates a data model that is in turn executed by an engine that is specifically targeted for resource-constrained embedded systems. Storyboard is specifically designed to be extensible and timeless. By not relying on a specific set of GUI widgets but instead leveraging standard file formats for graphics and fonts, Storyboard allows designers to craft GUIs using tools that they are most familiar with such as Photoshop, Sketch, and 3D modeling software. Later on, when the GUI needs a design update, the interface can be quickly re-skinned with a new look without affecting the underlying logic of the system.

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English
Product Description

UI Design and Development of embedded applications


Seller Details
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Crank Software
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HQ Location
Ottawa, ON
Twitter
@cranksoftware
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I'm not a developer and have limited coding experience, but I've been able to prototype and deploy a relatively complex UI with Storyboard. The platform is intuitive and user friendly. It's also feature rich, which gives you the best of both worlds. We're planning on leveraging Crank's development services to build our final UI, but it's really nice to prototype and get up and running quickly on our own.

We like Storyboard's cross-platform capabilities. Our first UI iteration is running on a Raspberry PI and we plan on migrating to a custom control board with a MPU in the near future.

The team at Crank have been very helpful and responsive throughout. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Crank's online videos and documentation is pretty extensive. Since I'm not a developer, I would benefit from some "best practices" guidelines since there are often many ways to accomplish the same objective, but there are advantages to following certain approaches. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1) Developing a feature rich UI quickly. 2) Modifying our UI easily. Changes are not difficult. 3) Running our UI on different hardware during different phases of our product development process. 4) Working with a team with deep expertise. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Crank Storyboard was created by designer's for developers! At some stage in your UI Delivery Pipeline the non-technical design team is going to engage directly with the technical development team. Crank is the abstraction layer that facilitates that engagement and brings feature rich UI's as only imaged by designers to the embedded platform as only realised by developers.

From 1+ year experience as a software developer embedded into a design team, designers can create world class UI's in their designtools of choice ( photoshop, sketch, etc ) and then import directly into Crank. The designers then hand this Crank Project ( which now exists as a collection of imported UI Screens ) to the User Experience (UX) and Interaction team which bring the UI to life by binding interactive events (click, swipe, animations, etc ) to the screens. This is achieved entirely thought the Crank Storyboard interface without needing a single line of code.

The UX Team then hand this over to me, the software developer, which maps those click and swipe events to Storyboard IO Messages which get sent to the product.

The deployment to Embedded Target is one of the easiest I've expereienced in my 10+ years as embedded software developer.

The support from Crank in scoping, troubleshooting and integrating their product is second to none. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was more activity and an active community in the Crank hosted forums and knowledge sharing platforms. This is made Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Download the 30 day trial. You'll have an interactive UI up and running day 1 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Crank serves as the abstraction / translation layer between non-technical designer team and the technical software development team. Please see "What do you like best?" summary. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

The support team is awesome. Whenever I have an issue, I contact support and with the very little information they get from me, they respond always very fast with information on how to fix it or even with a new engine.

Our product uses a low range processor without an operating system, and the portability is definitely the biggest feature of Crank. Our GUI designers can focus on the design only in the simulator, while the hardware engineers can focus on the embedded side. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not all features are available for my processor, which makes total sense, but sometimes it's hard to figure out what will work and what not. The simulator could use a feature that prevents the GUI designer from adding something that will not work on my target (or give a warning). Also, more documentation for my target would be useful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our main goal to use Storyboard is to shift the focus from 'how do I put an element on my display' to 'how to make a beautiful UI'. We wanted to minimize the amount of time spend on the hardware specific implementations and on the display renderer and put all our effort into making a user-friendly, good looking UI. In this, Crank succeeds very well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Storyboard Designer has a great set of features from 3D capabilities, back-in integration, animation and graphic capabilities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The interfaces and workflow does take getting use to but the learning curve is short. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a try! I have been very please with it capabilities, training material and the customer support. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I teach an interface prototyping course so I am giving students exposure to the next level of creating an interface on actual hardware. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The ease of using the software and all the functionalities it has. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

you are limited to lua programing language but it was easy to get around it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

the use of storyboard can help in producing a product quickly, and the use of photoshop can make uis amazing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

creating a Ui was never easier thanks to StoryBoard Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

Injecting Application Events and simulating your GUI without target hardware Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like that a script failure will halt your process Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating a GUI for a medical company Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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What do you like best?

Using Photoshop to create the real UI and turn it into to a working UI was very powerful in convincing management about new operations and added features of our prouduct. Storyboard provided the quick UI idea to functional UI. With the added naming conventions the conversion from design to operating UI was time efficient. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No software is perfect. The link between backend and front end was likely the weakest point. The data formatting to get it UI for more than base numbers, did require some work. It was not bad, just not perfect. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Storyboard has continued to grow from the time I used it. It was growing with new features while I was using it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storyboard provided a UI that was not OS dependent. It also provided faster turn times when prototyping and building working UI's. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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