Until the middle of last year, iPad spent most of the time next to my comfortable chair. I would bring it into the office when I needed to test an app on the device, but for the most part it lived in our living room to read and browse.
What changed? I added this to the home screen of my iPad Pro:
An easy start
I've been professionally coded for over 40 years and always kept ] a notebook near my desk. It's an important tool that lets me capture thoughts and ideas in a way that lists on a computer, can not.
When I started the Linea beta test, my faithful paper was used less and less. My first work with the app made a rough overview of a chapter in my book on color management:
There is nothing here you could not have done in the default Notes app. It took me a while to realize that Linea has a superpower you do not get with the embedded app …
Discovering Team For Ideas
To be honest, I did not use my Apple pen to Linea to come around. The Notes app did not do anything I could not do on paper, and drawing apps was overkill for my needs.
This changed when I discovered the power of simple teams to manage ideas. Some images are worth a thousand words, so let's go through the process of a recent example: the testament section of Linea's website.
In our work line we often get a design without guidance on how to construct it. Here's what the original design companion looked like:
It's our job to find out how to make these designs look and work properly. And Linea is a powerful tool for that task.
Start Breaking It Down
The first step is to break the design into pieces. I made a rough sketch of what I wanted on Linea's bottom layer:
So far it's quite underwhelming. What is the big deal?
Now we will meet one of the three hardest things in computer science: cache invalidity and naming things.
Another Team For Name
This is where Linea really starts to shine. Because it's a difficult issue, your first naming choices are rarely the best. If you're like me, it usually takes a few tries to get the right ones. When you use your own layer for your names, they are very easy to change without wiping out the lines in the underlying overview:
Choosing Colors in Linea is so easy, I like to highlight important names. While they were debugging since, the two states of the elements
img had a matching CSS
It's also when Linea starts to feel like a miniature table on the desktop. Touch Eraser is one of the things that is so natural that you use it without breaking your mind.
A note sheet about everything
After you get the names you want, it's time to start building! This is when I make another layer of things I want to keep track of. Again you can add or remove notes without destroying the work on the other layers.
My two favorite things in CSS are animations and Flexbox layout. And as much as I love them, you'll see that I can never remember the names of timing features or container properties.
(If you are a web developer, take a look at
#testimonials source code on the Linea website: the images in
.picker Flexbox anime just by changing the CSS class on the items . Simple and elegant.
Helps us keep the order  I also have a bad habit of keeping my drawings forever – a lot of thought went on the page and it's hard to throw it away. Linea's project management makes it easy to keep track of the old work and keeping the desk clean.
It was a pleasure to learn that other developers see the same benefits that I have. My friend Gus Mueller has this to say:
"Linea has been my go-to app to outline ideas and solve visual programming problems since the day I started using it. It's now an indispensable tool for my work. "
My iPad Pro is still a great device to read in a comfortable chair, but now it makes a daily trip to my office. If you are a professional developer, I assume that Linea will be a fixture on your desktop as well.
I invite you to take a look at the product site to learn more.