Mobile software specialist Digital Airways introduces Kaleido Animator, an advanced graphic rendering solution for mobile phones. Building on the Kaleido UI software solution, Kaleido Animator allows handsets manufacturers to create fully animated user interfaces quickly and cost effectively. Kaleido Animator responds to handset manufacturers’ challenges in developing sophisticated user interfaces and product positioning by providing a UI framework and a library of pre-integrated customizable functions all aimed at simplifying the creation of animated user interfaces. These functions can be used as is, or rapidly extended to create any sort of innovative animation.
Recent introductions of handsets, such as the Apple® iPhone(tm), that integrate advanced graphic effects and animated features, have demonstrated the importance of the user interface as a key differentiating element. “The challenge of the UI, however, is not just graphic”, says Philippe Silberzahn, Digital Airways’ CEO. “Behind what you see, you need to manage user behavior. The addition of Animator to Kaleido’s powerful UI model makes it easy to associate sophisticated visual effects to the management of complex user behaviors.”
Kaleido Animator facilitates the creation of animated backgrounds, moving objects (buttons, indicators…), splash screens, wizards (help, notification of events, …), dynamic menus, transition between contexts (sliding, fading in and out, torsion…), management of layers (alpha blending), etc.
Most of these animations can be included in user experience without writing a single line of code, making the process extremely efficient, and the resulting user interface scalable across a range of platforms. Kaleido Animator is designed to easily take full advantage of platform resources such as graphic accelerator, 2D/3D engines, as well as image codecs.
Kaleido Animator is part of the Kaleido user interface solution that powers millions of devices worldwide. Since its introduction, Kaleido has been used to create and introduce innovative handsets on the market in record time.
About Digital Airways
Digital Airways is a leading provider of world-class software solutions and services for the mobile telecommunications market. Digital Airways’ products enable handsets manufacturers and ODMs to easily create customizable mobile experiences with short time-to-market and low integration costs. The company was founded in 1998 and is privately held.