Learning about new shapes isn’t just for your kids
Mitt Romney may think learning about new shapes is silly, but the Visual Studio team doesn’t. If you don’t know, the new storyboarding feature is essentially a plug-in to PowerPoint that allows a user to quickly draw up user interfaces. Right from PowerPoint, a user can associate these storyboards with one or more work items in TFS and collaborate across the team.
The plug-in provides a number of built-in shapes for developing desktop apps, web apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows Phone apps, and some collaboration shapes. Combined with the built-in PowerPoint shapes, drawing, and animation tools; you’ve already got the ability to draw up the most common user interfaces. You can even create, save, and share your own shapes specific to your applications.
But wait, there’s more! Act now and you can get several more shape libraries from Microsoft and others. This page lists several storyboard shape libraries that you can easily import into your shapes library. Most recently, Microsoft released shapes and icons for the iOS. Now you can sketch out the desired UI before you have to fumble through Xcode and Objective-C!