Software designers and software developers tend to have a difficult working relationship. Miscommunications and errors between developers and designers are often responsible for bugs, errors in design, and prototypes that don’t function properly.
Part of the reason for this is the difference between the workflow a designer uses, and the workflow a developer uses.
While designers tend to use rapid prototyping tools (like the popular InVision Studio), developers actually have to translate that prototype into a real program by writing hundreds, or thousands of lines of code.
So, what if developers and designers had a prototyping tool that worked for both of them? That’s exactly what Angular is going to be introducing in the next few months.
Angular Is Developing “WYSIWYG” Prototyping Tools
WYSIWYG stands for “What You See Is What You Get”. It’s a term that refers to a system that can be edited directly and displays a form that is very similar to the end result – while the system is still being changed.
This means that designers can create actual dynamic mockups that are fully-functional, and can be directly edited by designers. In turn, this leads to a number of great benefits.
The Benefits of A WYSIWYG Approach
WYSIWYG tools are extremely powerful for software designers and developers. Here are just a few of the benefits of a WYSIWYG approach.
- Better collaboration between designers and developers – When they are using the same tools and development environment, designers and developers can actually be on the same page when working together. There is no need to “translate” a prototype into code – it’s already done for you!
- Simpler iteration and prototyping process – It’s much simpler to make large-scale changes when designers and developers are using the same development environment. This speeds up software iterations, prototyping, and development.
- Design always meets client expectations – There’s nothing worse than presenting a client with a slick, sleek application prototype – and then disappointed them when the actual software looks and functions differently.A WYSIWYG approach ensures that client-facing design prototypes will be realistic, and have the same design and functionality as the actual program or web site.
- Faster turnaround times – Because pre-built elements can simply be added to the AngularJS prototyping tool, developers don’t have to spend as much time building the “exoskeleton” of the application – and can focus on more important features. This leads to a faster turnaround time, and better, more feature-rich software.
Be on The Lookout for This Angular Prototyping Tool – Think About How It Fits Into Your Workflows!
There is currently no release date for this new Angular WYSIWYG prototyping tool – but you should start thinking about how you can use it today and prepare yourself to integrate it into your development and design workflows.