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Multi Configuration Editing

posted Oct 23, 2012, 1:07 PM by Tor Norbye   [ updated Oct 23, 2012, 2:15 PM ]
As previewed at Google I/O in the What's New in the Developer Tools talk (jump to around 20 minutes), Multi Configuration editing has now been integrated into ADT 21, and is available in the Preview builds, as of preview 9. (See the ADT 21 Preview Page for installation instructions). 

Here's a screenshot of a layout which has many translations, and the preview mode has been set to preview all locales. Click for larger image.

Here's a screenshot of this feature being used to show how the current layout appears when it is included from other layouts:

Here's a screenshot showing a layout rendered for multiple screen sizes:

There are several preview modes available:
  • "Representative sample": This picks several attributes, such as screen size, orientation and locale, and shows a few previews alternating the current layout. For example, if the current layout is rendered as portrait, it will show a preview of the layout in landscape mode.
  • Locales: shows the layout across all the locales
  • Screens: shows the layout across the most common screen sizes
  • Includes: show the layout as included in other layouts
  • Manual: lets you configure manually *exactly* how each preview should be configured.
As you're making edits, the previews are updated in the background.

You can click on a preview to switch the current configuration to the configuration of the preview.