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From "Glenn Williams" <i...@tinylion.co.uk>
Subject RE: Adobe might think of open-sourcing the Design View if there is sufficient interest
Date Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:13:45 GMT
I think the point the 'experienced user' don’t use
DV is only true because DV was and is basically

I would have used it if:

When I clicked into DV it actually did display
what that part of my project looked like
When I clicked into DV I didn’t just get a 'broken
image' and a list of reason why DV can't render my
If I could select a component skin and click DV
and get a view of just that skin with its default
sizes and then change colours\gradients sub
component positions
That I could click into DV and then toggle through
page or component states and actually see that
same think I would see if I ran the app.
Basically if when I pressed DV in anything other
than a couple of screens test app that it actually
displayed the same thing that I would see when
running the app itself

IMO it's not that a DV isn’t useful to even the
most experienced users is just that the
incarnation of DV that’s in builder just doesn’t

I can think of 1000s of times that I would have
liked to quickly be able to view a page or
component or a skin and either modify it slightly
with design tools or just get a visual
confirmation that the code I'd just written was
doing what I expected it to regarding UI

I think the question of if a DV is useful
shouldn’t be being based on the DV as it is now,
which is patently not useful, but on a DV that
actually worked.

I really think even the most experienced user
would like a single button press that would show
them an accurate rendering of the page of source
they were viewing

-----Original Message-----
From: piterchu@gmail.com
[mailto:piterchu@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Peter HO
Sent: 22 February 2012 10:28
To: flex-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: Adobe might think of open-sourcing
the Design View if there is sufficient interest

I add my vote to this thread. Even if most of us
"experienced flexers"
don't use it very often, design view is useful for
beginners and for mobile application layouting.

+1 for me


On 22 February 2012 11:17, Jason Batten
<info@jasonbatten.com> wrote:

> Another +1, it's good for quick wireframes and
getting started
> On 22/02/2012 6:14 PM, Bruce Lane wrote:
>> Right, Design View is very important to learn
the Flex components 
>> behaviours.
>> +1
>> Bruce Lane
>> On 22 February 2012 11:11, Avinash 
>>  wrote:
>>> I completely agree. I personally loved the
design view alot 
>>> especially when I first started out since I
had no idea what flex 
>>> was all about. Its also brilliant for
understanding the various 
>>> containers, components etc from a learning
perspective. definitely a 
>>> +1 from my side.
>>> Thanks
>>> Avinash Y
>>> On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Dimitri
k.<koro@noos.fr>  wrote:
>>>  After the discussion on the ML about the
Design View, I thought it 
>>> would
>>>> be a good idea to ask Deepa at the Flex Paris
meeting if Adobe 
>>>> could consider to open-source it after the
removal from next 
>>>> version of Flash Builder.
>>>> Frédéric Thomas, also on the ML, was quicker
than me and ask Deepa 
>>>> about that.
>>>> She said that Adobe hasn't thought about it
because they didn't 
>>>> believe we were interested, but she was
thinking it could be a good 
>>>> idea.
>>>> In fact, the Design View is a Flex app, so
the community can easily 
>>>> contribute to it, and legal scrubbing should
not be such a drag.
>>>> She concluded that the best thing to make it
happen would be to 
>>>> show interrest for the open-sourcing of DV on
this list.
>>>> I know that lots of people don't care about
the Design View (I 
>>>> rarely use it myself), but here are 4 reasons
I think it could be a 
>>>> good move for Apache Flex:
>>>> - DV is a great tool to understand the MXML
paradigm, particularly 
>>>> for people coming for a Flash Pro background
(timeline+stage), and 
>>>> its removal would increase the barrier of
entry to Flex.
>>>> - I heard several times about devs for which
the DV is central to 
>>>> their Flex workflow. It's often the case for
heavy form-based 
>>>> application, where standard Flex components
are use exclusively and 
>>>> the Design View help avoiding "design
>>>> In fact, I was told by an Adobe enterprise
evangelist that he sold 
>>>> Flex to some big companies mainly because of
the Design View and 
>>>> the ease they see in it to train their
>>>> - DV can be really helpful when designing
Mobile apps, because you 
>>>> can test quickly your design with different
resolutions and 
>>>> orientations
>>>> - If we have access to the Design View code,
maybe we could improve 
>>>> it in a way that even current Design View
haters would use it ;)
>>>> Dimitri K.

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