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Visual Copilot is a suite of Builder tools to help you get your designs published faster than ever.

This document guides you through the recommended workflow and links to detailed documentation.

Tip: Though this document outlines a full workflow, you can use each process on its own.

If you have designs in Figma, you can import them directly into Builder using the Builder Figma plugin.
Image of Figma with the Builder Figma Plugin UI. A caption reads, "Import Figma designs into Builder."

The key takeaways are:

  • You need a design in Figma and the Builder Figma Plugin.
  • No prep needed—no need to rasterize, apply auto layout, or think about responsiveness. 
  • Designs are imported responsive.
  • You can import whole designs of one Page or portions of a design. If you have multiple designs, such as multiple screens, you import each into its own content entry.
  • Make sure you use the Builder Figma plugin because that's how Builder prepares and imports your work.
  • You might have to tweak the imported content. Always check that your design is as intended at all viewport widths.

For detailed instructions, read Importing from Figma with Visual Copilot.

Whether you've imported your Figma designs or created them in Builder, you can export generated code with the help of AI.

The key takeaways are:

  • Two qualities of code are available—Fast (instant) and Quality (like a great dev wrote it).
  • Both types of code are generated with AI.
  • Quality code is generated to create dev-friendly, semantically correct code.
  • The amount of Quality code you can generate is based on your plan.
  • You can customize Quality code with a chat like interface to specify framework, styling, and countless other custom requirements.
  • Iterate on Quality code right in the Code Generator by prompting the AI.

For more information, read Generating Code with Visual Copilot.

When you've generated code for your content entry, you can sync the code from within the Generated code panel.

The key takeaways are:

  • Sync to your codebase with a command or with Devtools.
  • Devtools isn't required, but it takes care of the details of integrating for you if you want to integrate.
  • Though an integrated app isn't required, it makes syncing and publishing your updates seamless.
  • You control when the code is synced to your codebase so you can iterate the Generated code until you're happy.

For more information, read Generating Code with Visual Copilot, which covers syncing in addition to code generation.

After converting a design to code using Visual Copilot, you can integrate the design directly into your site or app over our SDKs and APIs

  1. Open the component or page in your site or app’s codebase where you want to integrate the design.
  2. Integrate the Builder SDK or API in the component or page. This typically takes less than 5 minutes.
  3. Hit the publish button and your site or app will be updated immediately, without a deploy.
  4. Any time you need to make changes, just make the update in Builder and hit publish again. You can control who can update what with roles and permissions.

View the integration docs to learn more about integrating Builder.io's APIs

Certain parts of the Visual Copilot workflow use AI, for more information, visit How Builder Uses AI.

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