Working with the Visual Designers from Visual Studio

Elements does not reinvent the wheel for UI design, but instead embraces each platform's native UI toolsets and with that, each platform's native way to write and design UIs.

  • For Windows, there's WinForms, as well as the new XAML-based UI design paradigm used by WPF, WinRT, SIlverlight, Windows Phone and the Universal Application Platform (UAP).

  • For Cocoa, these are XIB and Storyboard files that can be edited in Xcode.

  • For Android, these are XML Layout Files that can be edited either as plain text XML, or using visual designers in Android Studio.

Visual Studio (as do Fire and Water) integrate directly with Xcode (on the Mac) and Android Studio (on Windows and Mac) to make it easy, convenient and, most of all, seamless to work with UI files in the platform's native designers alongside your Elements projects inside Visual Studio.

And of course Visual Studio already provides embedded designers for the Windows platform – WinForms, and XAML – and Elements integrates directly with these designers*.

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Version Notes

  • Integration with Android Studio for visual design of Android Layout files is new in Version 8.1.