May 6, 2014 in OS X Development (E)
[prMac.com] Bratislava, Slovakia - PixelCut today revealed a new version of its flagship software, PaintCode 2. PaintCode is a vector drawing app that generates Objective-C code in real time, acting as a bridge between developers and graphic designers. With PaintCode, developers can create an app that is truly resolution-independent, using code (instead of a large number of image assets) to draw a user interface.
Previous PaintCode versions have been successfully adopted by numerous developers, including industry giants such as Apple, Disney Pixar, Hewlett Packard, Evernote and Black Pixel.
The new version introduces StyleKits, Variables and Expressions, and also significantly improves the available drawing tools.
"Change the design of your app in seconds. With StyleKits, the integration of generated code into your app is extremely easy," said Mike Antonic, PaintCode's lead developer. StyleKit is a special Objective-C class that contains drawings, colors, gradients, shadows and other design assets. StyleKit can be exported from PaintCode with a single click, making the design-tweaking process very convenient.
Variables, another major new feature, lets designers create complex parametric drawings such as buttons with multiple states, circular progress bars, and even animated game characters. With Expressions, relationships can be created between variables with immediately visible results. All of these dynamic relationships are preserved in the generated code.
PaintCode 2 also brings a multi-tab, multi-canvas workspace, making it easy to consolidate all interface design assets into a single PaintCode document. With the included PSD and SVG import modules, users can turn their existing assets into resolution-independent code.
In addition to StyleKits and Variables, PaintCode 2 also improves the built-in drawing tools: transformations, new operations with beziers, automatic and manual drawing guides, shape aligning, boolean operations and many more.
"We've PaintCode 2 using PaintCode 2. Aside from the app icon, PaintCode does not use any image resources. We could quickly test countless variations of our new UI. I can't imagine doing what we've done without PaintCode. I really look forward to what our customers will achieve with our tools," said Peter Krajcik, PixelCut CEO.
Pricing and Availability:
PaintCode 2 is available on the Mac App Store and PixelCut's own store for an introductory price of $79.99 (USD). You can find further information about PaintCode as well as a trial version on the product website.
PixelCut is a software company founded in 2012 by Peter Krajcik and Mike Antonic. PixelCut's first product, PaintCode, is a full-featured vector drawing app that instantly generates Objective-C drawing code. Bridging the gap between programmers and graphic designers, PaintCode has quickly become one of the most popular developer tools on the Mac. Copyright (C) 2014 PixelCut, s.r.o. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, App Store, iCloud, Mac OS X and Retina are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.