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Alexander Ka
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Hi there,

Just starting with Android.
Seems like there are no graphical tools to create the UI for your apps.

From what I've read you can do it two ways, programmaticaly using the API calls or XML layout.
Are there any tools, techniques to simplify the process?

Any tools to use for just mapping out the UI layout?

Thanks,
Alexander
 
Mark Spritzler
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Alexander Ka wrote:Hi there,

Just starting with Android.
Seems like there are no graphical tools to create the UI for your apps.

From what I've read you can do it two ways, programmaticaly using the API calls or XML layout.
Are there any tools, techniques to simplify the process?

Any tools to use for just mapping out the UI layout?

Thanks,
Alexander


The Eclipse Android plugin comes with a UI builder, and there is also DroidDraw. Personally, I use DroidDraw because I am using IntelliJ IDEA.

Mark
 
Alexander Ka
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I tried DroidDraw, but didn't find a way to create tabs and gave up on it. It seemed incomplete (missing a chunk of UI elements).

See attachment.
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Mark Spritzler
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Alexander Ka wrote:I tried DroidDraw, but didn't find a way to create tabs and gave up on it. It seemed incomplete (missing a chunk of UI elements).

See attachment.


Yeah, the tools aren't perfect. I gave up trying to do a tab view. Although, in the end I know my app would be better off with one.

I have a friend that is really good at Android UIs so I might pass it to him to clean up my UI after the app is fully functional. ;)

Mark
 
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