Our goal is to make Draftbit the fastest way to explore app ideas, build an actual native app, then publish to iOS and Android. Today, we’re taking a big step towards that goal by introducing Screen Templates, an easy way to get started with common screens in your apps.

Templates is an exclusive feature for our private beta users. If you haven’t tried Draftbit yet, you can request access at Draftbit.com.

We should start by explaining what Templates is not. Templates is not a full-blown app-in-a-box that just needs a logo before submission to Apple and Google. Store policies now reject apps built that way.

Instead, Templates is a growing collection of launch points for creating many of the common Screens your apps need—login forms, permission requests, profile layouts, settings, and more.

If you aren’t a designer (or even if you are), starting with a blank canvas can sometimes be more of a curse than a blessing. Screen Templates can get you over that initial creative hump and help you get started with some examples of best practices in mobile design and UI.

To add one of our pre-built screens to your projects:

  • Click Screens in the Sidebar
  • Click Add Screen at the top of the Screens panel
  • Scroll our expanding select of Screen Templates, mouse over one for options to Preview and Add
  • Click Add

You can customize a Screen Template's layout and components like any other in the Draftbit toolset. Add your organization’s branding, unique style, and other user flow elements, and our templates quickly become part of your app.

For this inaugural collection of Screen Templates, we started with various Screens for some of the most common stuff. With a simple click, you can take a big leap ahead to quickly mock up your entire onboarding flow, brainstorm a login process, or build a profile directory.

Our plan is to regularly grow this collection into a healthy catalog of starting points. The ultimate goal is for you to spend less time on non-critical screens, and more time on what makes your app truly unique.

We’d love to hear your feedback for Screen Templates and the rest of Draftbit on Twitter and Facebook. You can also request access at Draftbit.com.

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