Last week was a big week for us. Among the barrage of announcements, we unveiled App Designer, a new drag-and-drop UI design capability. Designer is a plug-in for Appcelerator Studio which is available, in beta, as part of the new Appcelerator Labs. We spent quite a bit of time looking for and crafting a solution that caters to cross-platform and the needs of our community. Some of the highlights of Designer that you (hopefully) saw last week include:
- Visually design and develop apps for iOS, Android, and Windows—all from a single canvas.
- More than a design tool, the “scratchpad” palette generates best practice, production-quality code—it writes the Alloy View XML and TSS code for you.
- Simultaneous, bi-directional updates allow seamless movement between design and code.
- And of course, it is purpose-built for cross-platform, so you can see the impact of your changes across different platforms and device types.
Bullet points are well and good, but it’s best to see it in action to really get a feel for how it works, so we’ve put together the overview video below. Check out the video and if you want to give it a try yourself, there is a quick start guide on the App Designer page in Labs.
We also have a Tech Talk planned this Thursday, September 24th where we’ll go a bit deeper and answer your questions. Register here to join us—I hope to see you there.