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Award-winning user interface development kit offers enhanced collaboration and new improvements to boost productivity
Altia, Inc., the award-winning provider of user interface engineering tools for embedded systems, follows up their successful February 2011 release of version 9.2 with an even more powerful Altia Design 10.0.
Altia’s toolkit allows users to build user interface models from scratch or import artists’ assets from industry-standard design programs like Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator® and Microsoft® Visio® — giving development teams the capability to create a completely custom user interface (UI) without hand-coding graphics. These UI models can be connected to a variety of simulation tools or C code to create a complex, user-driven model, The Altia model can be used for management reviews and user testing — eliminating the need for costly hardware mockups. Once validated and approved, Altia customers automatically generate graphics code for that same Altia model and deploy it directly to production hardware.
The latest release, Altia Design 10, offers improved productivity tools – like the intuitive new Navigator and the powerful Classing feature. Altia has expanded the variety of assets that design teams can integrate into their Altia projects to include SVG content, which offers crisper scaled images and lower memory cost. Altia is also now offering an Adobe® Flash® Player Object add-on to Altia Design, which allows developers to embed pre-built Flash animations or media into their Altia UIs.
Peter Abowd, President of Altia, comments, “Altia Design 10 advances our users’ ability to collaborate on large user interface projects. The new features in this release make their use of our tool easier and more efficient – with enhanced support of vector assets, the capability to build complex user interfaces with reusable content via Classing, and the ability to manage content of large designs with the new Navigator. All of that combined with our exciting new offering, the Adobe® Flash® Player add-on, means that Altia Design 10 will continue to keep the Altia User Community at the leading edge of integrated content.”
Also new to this release, users can now include sophisticated reflections with the Blur effect, improve font rendering with the Freetype Font engine, and optimize image formats for load times or memory usage with External Image Processing. For a full list of the new features — including three new DeepScreen code generator targets — go to www.altia.com/release10.0 to get a sneak peek.
Altia, Inc. is a software company that provides user interface design and development tools that can be used from concept to final product code. Altia also provides engineering services to support customer projects. The company was founded in 1991 and its customers include United Technologies, Ford, Chrysler, NordicTrack, Guidant, Star Trac, Hollister, Lockheed Martin and hundreds of other leading manufacturers. For more information about Altia’s products and services, visit www.altia.com or contact Altia’s corporate headquarters at 719-598-4299.
After months of preparation, we are proud to launch Altia Design 10 into the world. We are adding new features and functionality to make our tool and YOUR TEAM more powerful than ever before. Click here to learn more about the new features of Altia Design 10. (Or see recent blog posts, including demo videos!)
For more information about Altia Design 10, contact your sales representative or send us a note.
Innovate…with Altia Design 10.
—Altia Design 10 is coming August 16th! New feature videos will be coming soon – to give you a sneak peek of the new Altia Design 10 in action. For a complete list of new features, check out this post.–
The new Classing feature gives you the power to apply changes to multiple objects simultaneously, regardless of the types of changes or the locations of the objects. Think of Classing like using the “master slide” in Microsoft Powerpoint: if you want to apply a logo to all the slides, make the change to the master slide and that change is propagated throughout the presentation.
Classing has two incredibly powerful applications. One, save hours of tedium by changing one base class object (the “parent”) and applying those changes to all (“children”) instances. Two, allow designers to work in parallel on the same project and combine their handy work at the end – no need to pass design files back and forth. Give screen A to Joe, screen B to Tina, and screen C to Aaron. Consolidate them all into the final project with the Classing feature.
Let me show you a quick example of how Classing works in Altia Design 10.
Click here to see an overview of the release. This post is part of a series related to features of the release.
Over the past few weeks, we have shared details about the new features coming to Altia Design 10, arriving August 16th. Looking for a snapshot of what is new? Here you go!(Click on a feature to see the related post. Some have demonstration videos)
Flash: Create eye-catching visual effects with this popular industry media format.
Classing: Improve collaboration and management of multiple/complex objects. (Blog post/Video coming Monday!)
Navigator: Gain an enhanced method for managing the various objects in your Altia project. (With 2 Videos)
Vectors: Import and maintain crisp, sharp graphic content – including gradients.
Blur: Add visual impact to your displays with motion effects or reflection.
FreeType Fonts: Achieve sharper fonts both in Altia Design and on target.
External Image Processing: Optimize storage and load time by choosing how your HMI manages assets.
More targets: Generate code for even more hardware platforms with Altia DeepScreen.
This post is part of a series related to features of the release of Altia Design 10. Click here to see an overview of the release . Release coming August 16th.
Altia’s user interface engineering tools give you the capability to create custom and engaging user interfaces for your next generation products. But we don’t stop there. Altia’s DeepScreen code generator saves you MONTHS of development time by automatically generating graphics code for your production hardware platform – so the pixels from your artist end up in production!
Coming next week, with our new release of Altia Design 10 and DeepScreen 6, we are adding additional hardware targets to our long list of DeepScreen-supported platforms.
—Click here to see an overview of the release. This post is part of a series related to features of the release.–
Think of it as your new design roadmap on steroids. With the release of Altia Design 10 (coming August 16th) the new Navigator allows you to negotiate the most complex of Design projects. In previous versions, the browser was where you could search and find the many objects in your design. The new intuitive Navigator replaces the browser: discover objects and be productive in less time.
You can search and filter, as well as instantly focus deep into complex groups. No need to select a group, focus in, select the inner group, focus in again… lather, rinse repeat. Easily rename and keep your dozens (or hundreds, even thousands) of objects neat and tidy.
We’ve also made Animations, Stimulus, and Control easier to handle. The Navigator window shows what objects have any of these defined behaviors. One click and you can be in the Animations editor. Also, quick access to each objects Properties too.
By adding the ability to drag-and-drop objects throughout the Navigator, complex objects like Decks are approximately…10x easier to use. Give or take a few ‘x’. Moving objects between cards was error-prone and tedious before. Now, drag the object from one card to another. And you’re done. Create a new card simply by dragging objects or groups right onto the deck object. Re-numbering of cards is handled for you.
Let’s look at a few examples within Altia Design 10. Part one: using the Navigator to explore your projects.
Part two: using the Navigator to modify and manage complex objects including Decks.
–Brian Stewart is Altia’s Senior HMI Developer and Power Altia Design User/Dogfooder.–
I was recently reminded of a time sitting in Calculus class years ago, a time when after spending long frustrating amounts of time per problem to find the derivative of an equation as “the limit of f of a plus h plus blah blah over h“, we were told the quick and easy way to do it later on in the course. It frustrated me that I didn’t know the easy method sooner, but excited me that this new, easier way was possible. This was very similar to when I discovered any of life’s other little shortcuts, such as short division that I learned in grade school, or doing arithmetic left-to-right to save time.
Who doesn’t love a good shortcut?
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–This post is a selection from a downloadable report. Using criteria outlined here, Steve Tengler (Altia’s User Experience Director) reviews the Samsung Wi-Fi Smart Fridge from a Human Factors perspective. To download the free report, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send it your way. —
The subject of this evaluation is the Samsung “Wi-Fi Smart Fridge” (Model# RF4289HA, Sears Item #04680853000), which is a 28 cubic foot, bottom-freezer, stainless steel refrigerator with wireless connectivity and a touchscreen interface (see below).
In accordance with Altia’s product evaluation system, each product explored may receive a possible 100 points based upon five performance categories relating to configuration of the user interface, overall presentation of display (color, legibility, etc.), design of icons, management of human errors, and attractiveness of the display design.
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–This post is part of a series related to features of the release of Altia Design 10. Click here to see an overview of the release. Last week, we shared videos on Vectors and Flash. Coming soon: the new Blur Effect.–
Continuing our series on Altia Design 10, here are a couple more finite features to boost performance and flexibility of your production hardware.
Using the new FreeType Font engine in Altia Design, you can now see better-looking fonts both in the editor and on the final target.
External Image Processing
For improved embedded performance, Altia Design 10 now provides you with the flexibility to optimize image formats for loads times or memory usage based on the hardware target. For non-vector content, you can change variables – like size, load speed, or color depth – to optimize performance. Get even better performance on less-expensive hardware with Altia Design 10!