I shared the teaser in issue #132, but last week Builder.io introduced Visual Copilot, “a completely reimagined version of the Builder Figma-to-code plugin that will save developers 50-80% of the time they spend turning Figma designs into clean code.” The major difference between Visual Copilot and previous design-to-code tools is a specialized AI model that was trained to solve this problem. The features include one-click conversion, automatic responsiveness, extensive framework and library support, customizable code structures, and easy integration with the existing codebase.
One of the most exciting parts of this announcement is still in private beta and targeted at teams with well-maintained design systems. This feature in Visual Copilot uses AI to map reusable components in your Figma file to those in your code repository and generates code using your existing components when you have them. This could be genuinely useful to get the first rough version ready in no time.