a PaintCode - Overview

Overview

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PaintCode is a vector drawing app that turns your drawings into Objective-C, Swift or C# drawing code in real time. The application window is divided into sections that provide you with quick & easy access to everything you'll need.

Toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the window contains the drawing tools you'll use most often.

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Tabs & StyleKit

In the middle section below the toolbar, you'll find the tab bar. You can use tabs to organize the drawings in your PaintCode document. Each tab may contain multiple drawing canvases.

The first tab (named "StyleKit") is special and provides you with access to your StyleKit catalog - a collection of drawings, colors, gradients and other design assets that you can easily export as a single Objective-C, Swift or C# class. StyleKits make it really easy to integrate the generated code into your projects.

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Library

Library (left side of the window) is a collection of all your colors, gradients, shadows, images and variables. All these library items can be easily reused across your document. Library items are entities on their own in PaintCode, and when you change a library item, all drawings that use that library item are immediately affected.

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Canvases

The central portion of the application window contains the contents of the currently selected tab. Typically, you'll see one or more drawing canvases in this area.

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Code View & Middle Toolbar

The middle toolbar lets you change the code generation settings (such as the target programming language and operating system). It also allows you to change canvas display settings like zoom and pixel density (Retina, non-Retina or Infinite).

The Code View below the toolbar contains the generated code. You can hide the Code View by dragging the middle toolbar. This leaves more room for your drawing canvases, and also improves the performance when dealing with complicated documents.

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Shapes & Groups Browser

The shapes & groups browser is located at right side of the window, below the toolbar. This is a list of all shapes in the currently selected canvas. You'll find the canvas itself at the root of this list. When you select the canvas, settings will appear in the Inspector below.

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Inspector

You'll find Inspector at the right side of the window. Inspector allows you to change attributes of your selection, typically shapes in your canvas.

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