Proto Hound: Think of Microsoft Blend for your Windows Phone

If you’re a developer (or sometimes, a designer) of Windows Phone apps, you know how steep the learning curve is for Microsoft Blend. Once you figure out the software, you’ll love it, but getting up that hill takes a lot of time and commitment, especially if you just want to quickly mock up a functional prototype of your Windows Phone app idea.

Now with Proto Hound, it’s ridiculously easy to design, prototype and test Windows Phone apps right on your device. Like Microsoft Blend, Proto Hound is an interactive, WYSIWYG editor for designing XAML-based Windows Phone apps.

Proto Hound makes it possible to quickly drag and drop standard Windows Phone controls – buttons, sliders, text blocks and more – onto a canvas and easily customize the title, content and position of each one. You can also create single window and pivot apps in seconds as well as save and work with multiple app prototypes.

After your Windows Phone prototype is complete, Proto Hound can export fully-formed XAML code with the tap of a button. The XAML gets saved to an email message and you can send it to a developer to fully build out and finish your app in Blend.

Proto Hound is $4.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

You can also scan the QR code to go to the app on your device.

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