7/2/2018 7:43:49 AM
QT wants app developers and designers to play nice together
Mobile Design Platform,Mobile UI Development,Collaboration
App Developer Magazine

QT wants app developers and designers to play nice together

Richard Harris Richard Harris in Business of Apps Monday, July 2, 2018

Mobile design and development collaboration environment, Qt Design Studio, wants to bridge the gap between developers and graphic designers.

There is no democracy in design, and developers have typically had a difficult time always pulling off in the code, what interface designers have drawn up. So Qt has introduced their Design Studio solution to help collaboration between graphic designers and software developers on user interface (UI) creation to help ease the pain. Qt Design Studio allows designers to quickly and easily drag-and-drop UI elements into the same environment developers are using to develop the application logic. As a result, designers and developers can now work in a single environment for more efficient and cooperative workflows.

When creating embedded systems, desktop or mobile applications, designers and developers consistently run into common pain points in various areas, including asset and project exchange; testing and validation; and integration and deployment, as well as change request communication for review processes. Obstacles range from inefficient iterations between design and development environments to waste of non-reusable prototypes and components, in addition to lack of alignment between design style guides and ready-made components and controls. This leads to projects getting lost in translation between designers and developers, causing project teams to spin unnecessary cycles on UI creation and application logic.

To combat this, Design Studio enables both designers and developers to collaborate in a single environment. Designers import their graphics from tools such as Adobe Photoshop into Qt Design Studio, which then automatically translates image files into Qt’s declarative design language. Designers and developers can then bring designs to life with animation tools and preview it on the target hardware. Rather than sending over design specifications to the developers, designers can now submit their design specifications directly in Qt. Developers can then better understand what the designers want to achieve and work on the application logic simultaneously and completely decoupled from the design. Once the design is coupled together, rather than spending cycles on iterating on specifications, designers and developers can make iterations simultaneously within their own domains.

“As today’s software applications become more complex - both visually and functionally - we see a growing disconnect between graphic designers and software developers. Immersive designs are not easily translating into intuitive user experiences, thus creating time and work for all parties involved,” said Lars Knoll, CTO of Qt. “Qt Design Studio bridges the gap between graphic designers and software developers, offering a single environment that marries the workflows of both departments. With the new offering, project teams are able to create UIs that look as great as they work and vice versa.”

Design Studio features include:

  • Qt Photoshop Bridge: Enables designers to import graphics directly from design tools into Qt Design Studio.
  • QML Live Preview: Designers can preview the UI on the hardware on which the UI will reside, be it desktop, mobile or embedded.
  • An effective, lean workflow with a common language: Designers and developers can work in tandem within their own domains on the same project.

Technical previews of Qt Design Studio are now available, and Qt Design Studio will be generally available by November 2018.

475 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals

Are you paying more taxes than you have to as a developer or freelancer? The IRS is certainly not going to tell you about a deduction you failed to take, and your accountant is not likely to take the time to ask you about every deduction you’re entitled to. As former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson admitted, “If you don’t claim it, you don’t get it.

A hands-on guide to mastering mobile forensics for iOS and Android

Get hands-on experience in performing simple to complex mobile forensics techniques Retrieve and analyze data stored not only on mobile devices but also through the cloud and other connected mediums A practical guide to leveraging the power of mobile forensics on popular mobile platforms with lots of tips, tricks, and caveats.

Gps tracker for kids

The Chirp GPS app is a top-ranked location sharing app available for Apple and Android that is super easy to use, and most of all, it's reliable.

The Latest Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) to Android Programming

Write and run code every step of the way, using Android Studio to create apps that integrate with other apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.