We are very excited to announce that we've released Ext Designer, our desktop application for rapidly generating Ext JS interfaces. Ext Designer is a full cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) desktop application written completely in Ext JS. We’ve been hard at work on Ext Designer, and we know you’ll find it worth the wait. Download a trial today.
We actually had a soft release last month on Twitter in order to quash some early bugs before announcing everywhere. Since the initial release we have had over 100 bug fixes and we're now at 43,000 downloads and counting!
Who Ext Designer is For
Ext Designer works on two levels--as a prototyping tool as well as a code generation tool. Particularly for complex UIs, it saves tens of hours of development time that are normally spent tweaking layouts and making sure that nested elements play well together. Best of all, (and unlike most prototyping tools), it produces clean, object oriented code that looks like the code you would have written yourself.
We think that Ext Designer will be a great tool for both single developers and teams working together to build applications. The drag and drop interface can be used by anyone involved in the design of an application. A project can easily be started by a business analyst, passed to a user interface designer, and finally handed off to the development team to be enhanced with functionality—saving time every step of the way. We've even used Ext Designer to build parts of Ext Designer!
The main screen of Ext Designer allows developers and designers to assemble layouts by dragging and dropping components together. They can quickly change the layout of a specific component, or use the inspector to manipulate more detailed properties.
Those who have seen early previews of Ext Designer are in for a nice surprise. We’ve completely redesigned the application for final release, giving it a whole new level of polish. In addition to a better look and feel, the new product chrome looks separate and distinct from the actual interfaces you are creating, which we think will prove very helpful.
All in all, we have truly put our hearts into Ext Designer and we hope you'll find it as useful as we have. We will be hosting some webinars soon, but download Ext Designer today and try it out for yourself!
Check out our screencast. Watch as we create a basic app using data, then preview it in Aptana in about 4 minutes.