Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Head turners: What you need to know about the latest EB GUIDE update?

Martin Riedl

EB is pleased to announce the new version of EB GUIDE—the next level of modeling HMIs.

In this post, we’ll explore how recent innovations can boost your HMI models to the next level and “wow” your end users with new, exciting features.


Redefine collaboration with modularization and namespace

See what it’s like to work with a tool that redefines collaboration by implementing a new, advanced form of modular modeling and the exciting new namespace feature. Curious? You can find out more about how namespaces help to organize datapool values and events in logical units in this piece. Or read about how modularization is helping to create compelling, state-of-the-art multimodal user interface solutions for head units, head-up displays, and instrument clusters across the globe in our post on modularization.


Increase flexibility with an exceptional modularization feature

New modularization features now allow you to split up your monolithic HMI model into smaller, independent models. You model, test, and maintain these (small) models independently from the rest. Dynamically load, start, stop, and unload these models at runtime. Execute them on multiple CPU cores with multiple GTF instances. Or if you prefer, on one CPU core with one GTF instance. Have a small startup model executed fast, load the regular HMI model in the background and perform the handover once everything is initialized.


Transform your HMI with never-before-seen features

The new release has lots of “bells and whistles”. Like the new multifont support function, which allows you to express yourself by easily composing virtual font objects from multiple font files. Just define character ranges for which the individual font files are then used, then display the text. Read more about this new feature here.

We also improved the readability of the text-based JSON-like save files. Meaning you have a clearer format which is easier to read and parse, AND has improved loading times and error handling while loading.

Still hungry for more? There’s a feature which imports Photoshop texts as texts, including the size, text color, and rotation, with the original info shown in log-file.

Or a “Jump to template origin” functionality, which helps prevent getting lost in a model. You can now easily find the template definition from the template instance with a single mouse click.

The recent release also allows you to select multiple elements at a time to delete or move them to a new namespace, or add multiple elements to a watchlist, thanks to the new “Multiselection of datapool and event items” in EB GUIDE Studio and EB GUIDE Monitor. And we’re helping to bring your performance and readability to the next level by making property components table-based, meaning they can now be operated completely with the keyboard. We even thought about and improved the trigger component (add new trigger, add all available triggers) and built-in sortable tables. And updated the Ellipse Drawer for added antialiasing.

Lastly, EB GUIDE Studio is now a native 64bit application, with all the benefits this brings. The same applies to EB GUIDE GTF for Windows. We’ve even changed the way the model is evaluated and exported and ultimately speeding up export and simulation start times, with the new model exporter.

Learn more about other new features here.


Start modeling now!

As always, the following resources have been updated and are now available:

Download the Community edition of EB GUIDE.

Read through our updated Release Notes.

Download updated user documentation.

Access updated tutorials here.

Download updated feature demo, examples and custom widgets.

Sign up for one of our EB GUIDE trainings now.