Rightware has released Kanzi® 3.6 LTS, a Long-Term Support release of its leading UI design and development tool for automotive and other embedded markets. Kanzi LTS releases are intended for production projects, as they provide a mature code base with no experimental features, low to zero migration effort between minor releases, critical bug fixes over the production lifetime, performance improvements as needed, and long-term technical support.
The latest release continues to deliver performance gains as well as new capabilities to drive ever-greater efficiency into the Kanzi workflow. Release highlights include:
- Multi-Project Support
- CPU Optimizations
- Render Pass Update
- Usability Enhancements
Kanzi 3.6 introduces support for much more complex, multi-team production programs by allowing the codebase to be split into discrete Kanzi Studio projects. This workflow improvement allows one main UI project to reference external projects and display multiple .kzb binary files, simplifying integration of contributions across a team or across multiple teams of developers.
The low-level structure of the graphics stack has been reworked to deliver performance improvements. Eliminating redraws when the UI is static increases CPU utilization, and caching the rendering state of objects delivers a 20% FPS increase, on average, for a given CPU. These improvements are delivered entirely in software, and will therefore be seen on all hardware platforms.
Render Pass Update
A new workflow for 3D rendering utilizes narrowly defined, specialized, resolution-independent render passes. Rendering is now easier to configure, and is extensible via custom render pass plugins.
Kanzi 3.6 also introduces new and improved features to enhance usability. For example, the default Kanzi Studio workspace layout has been improved for more immediate productivity; color has been added to nodes and resources as well as preview tools for easier visibility; triggers and animations are easier to access; context menus have been reorganized to show most common commands first; and many other enhancements.
Full release notes are available at www.rightware.com/kanzi-releases/. Interested in evaluating Kanzi? Get in touch. Licensed customers can submit a ticket via the Kanzi support portal to receive the new version.
Rightware provides tools and services for development of advanced digital user interfaces to over 35 automotive brands. The Kanzi philosophy is based on designer empowerment, prioritizing ease of use, rapid prototyping, workflow efficiency, high performance, and cross-platform support. As a Thundersoft company, our combined skills and assets allow us to deliver fully integrated HMI solutions, engineering support, and design services for automotive customers across the globe. Rightware is headquartered in Finland with a presence in the US, Germany, the UK, Italy, China, South Korea, and Japan.