Intelligent solutions save time, money, and costly man hours of sought-after experts. This is true especially for complex projects such as in HMI creation. CGI Studio 3.12 offers several intelligent solutions to everyday challenges in HMI creation, to name a few: Fusion Editor, enhanced Smart Importer with Figma import, upgraded help system, large set of 3D primitives, and support for vector graphics.
The enhanced Smart Importer now supports the import of Figma files – while recognizing all graphics files more precisely. With the new Fusion Editor users can visually compose their application logic. Support for Vector Graphics ensures more brilliant HMI graphics with lower memory footprint. An improved State Machine lets users design individual versions, and the Player allows for rotation and seamless scaling of GUIs in the making. The upgraded Help System now offers dynamic documentation incl. search and history as well as support for multiple languages – perfect for international teams, beginners and HMI Pros who want to further speed up their HMI game.
Fig. 1: CGI Studio 3.12: High-performance HMI creation
Enhanced Smart Importer: Figma Cloud Import & better AI
The Smart Importer is Candera’s award-winning technology that lets users import graphics files directly into CGI Studio. During the import, its innovative AI detects industry standard items such as gauges, sliders, and buttons - and automatically adds their proper functionality.
Significant improvements of the Smart Importer made this detecting process more precise and easier to use – for more accurate control mapping via AI.
The Smart Importer has been supporting the import of graphics files from Adobe Photoshop®, Sketch, Axure RP, and Adobe XD for a while. With CGI Studio 3.12, users can now also import Figma files directly. CGI Studio 3.12 also supports the cloud interface.
Fig. 2: Figma import directly from the cloud in CGI Studio 3.12
Candera’s Smart Importer speeds up the whole HMI creation process by providing a direct preview, full re-import for quickly importing design iterations, and image merging to reduce the memory footprint.
*Preview* Fusion Editor: Visual Composition of Logic
In the 3.12 release, Candera is presenting the Fusion Editor for intuitive visual composition of logic and behaviors for the first time in CGI Studio. By showing logic and behaviors graphically, it further opens HMI creation to users without any programming skills.
Users can now easily combine their user interface with logic.
Fig. 3: Preview of Fusion Editor: What You See Is What You Get.
Support for Vector Graphics: Go Big!
There are many advantages to vector graphics: Their scalability, their small file size even when scaled very large, that they are easy to edit, load, modify - even partially - and to duplicate.
In CGI Studio 3.12 vector graphics can now be used in your HMI – for creating even more brilliant Graphical User Interfaces. Simply import SVG files into the Scene Composer and use it as any other graphics file.
State Machine: Now “Design-able”
Significant improvements in CGI Studio 3.12’s State Machine now allow for users to design their screen transition specifications with flexible use of images, annotations, or colors. So, elements of the state machine have become “design-able”: Users can design them according to their needs. For better overview, more efficient HMI creation and in the end: Faster time to market.
Fig. 4: State Machine: Individually design your state machine for better overview, + add notes.
State Machine - NEW: PseudoStates
The improved State Machine of CGI Studio 3.12 now also gives users the option to work with so-called PseudoStates. A PseudoState is used to simplify specifications of multiple state transitions. It combines and encompasses multiple direct transitions like forks.
Fig. 5: A) state machine with two transitions vs. B) state machine with two transitions WITH PseudoState.
CGI Studio Player: Rotate and Zoom
Speaking of What You See Is What You Get: CGI Studio’s Player lets the user view his or her HMI right away. With the latest upgrade, it if now also possible to fit one’s HMI simulation to one’s screen while rotating it any way one needs as well as scaling it to any size necessary. HMI creation has never been more comfortable.
Fig. 6: CGI Studio Player: Easy rotation and zoom.
Upgraded Help System: Dynamic – and in your language
A clearly structured, extensive help system is the basis for fast on-boarding and overall effective use of CGI Studio. In CGI Studio 3.12 a new dynamic documentation incl. search and history get users to their answers faster, a new look & feel incl. images and multimedia content makes looking for answers more effective and enjoyable and last not least provides support for multiple languages.
Fig. 7: Help & Documentation: Answers to any question, here in Japanese.
Further improvements include a large set of 3D Primitives, so that users can choose from a big set of 3D primitives to quickly draft their 3D scene and Extended Android, including runtime resource overlay (RRO), virtual display support and touch & keyboard input.
Fig. 8: CGI Studio 3.12 provides a large number of 3D Primitives.