Napkins begone: Ink to Code soaks up your app ideas instead

Microsoft Garage, the idea incubator responsible for, among other things, one rather popular Android launcher, has rolled up its doors to reveal a creation fresh off the workbench.

Dubbed Ink to Code, the latest endeavor is meant as a companion app for Visual Studio, geared specifically towards use for prototyping UWP and Android app UIs. It's being likened to a napkin, the humble piece of cloth on which ideas for a selection of books, movies, and other such projects originated.

via Microsoft

Backed by the Xamarin team, six interns came forth with the idea for the app, in the hopes of retaining the same feel of sketching on a napkin, while simplifying the process of transferring the sketch into code. Making use of the machine learning underpinnings of Smart Ink to accelerate development, the team has created an app which exports your sketches to Visual Studio creating the foundation for your future application. Current support is there for basic symbols like text fields and paragraphs, labels, images, and buttons.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can grab Ink to Code at this link which seems to not be working at the time of writing. However, don't get your hopes up if you're outside North America, as the app is unfortunately only available in the U.S. and Canada.

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