|3 Weeks Ago|
Washington DC, USA
Microsoft’s “Ink to Code” turns drawings into user interfaces
Sketching out rough ideas—traditionally on the back of a napkin in the US, backs of envelopes being preferred in the UK—is a common and
important part of the design process, with the familiar pen or pencil
and paper being favored for rough mockups and outlines. Ink to Code, a
new Microsoft Garage project, hopes to turn those rough sketches into
usable, working code.Ink to Code is currently itself a rough prototype of an app. The basic premise is simple: designers can sketch out the bare bones of
application interfaces with a stylus, and Ink to Code will turn those
sketches into real code, specifically the XML markup used for Universal
Windows Platform apps and Xamarin apps for Android. It uses the Windows
10 Ink APIs to recognize the objects that have been drawn, converting
handwriting into text and boxes into screens, buttons, text boxes, and
|2 Weeks Ago|
I've seen so many of these "rough-sketch-to-good-looking-vector-graphics" type research apps in the last 15 years.
For some reason, almost none of them ever seem to turn into software that is widely available.
There is a need for this stuff, the techniques have been around for years. But they really need to put a solid, actually usable software on the market when they advertise this stuff.
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