January 2nd, 2013

Put some #C010UR back-a-round!

A grey MarketplaceI’ve noticed recently a lot of apps in the Windows 8 Store have the default grey as their background/accent colours. It’s been annoying me looking at the Store and just seeing loads of grey. The colour helps differentiate your app from others and makes the app detail page look much more interesting. The only reason to have the default grey is if you don’t know how to change it or you actually think it is the right look for your app (hah). This is why I’m showing you the solution to the former: MORE

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December 31st, 2012

RobCrocombe.com in 2012

Happy new year! It’s the end of the first year of this blog, I hope it has been fun to read. WordPress has generated a nice page looking back at the stats for this year so I thought I’d share it. MORE

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December 26th, 2012

Cheap Ass Gamer app failed certification

CAG findingsWoke up this morning to find the CAG app had failed certification, aaaw :( The tester at Microsoft stated that ‘The app bar, and/or Windows Settings charm appear to be advertising to our reviewers’ and this picture was provided. To be fair, it is a very good report, telling me exactly what was wrong. All very good. I’m not too happy with the actual reason it failed though. I have a link to the Windows Phone version of the app on the charms bar, just to increase awareness that this app is also available in that platform. Advertising a Windows Phone app, a Microsoft product, is against their rules? MORE

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December 26th, 2012

Custom colours in Windows 8 apps

Something I want to touch on is custom theme colours in Windows 8 apps. For the CAG app I restyled the app bar buttons, ListView item and slider colours. Most of the colours aren’t available in the properties of these controls. Strangely, you have to change them in the App.xaml page. Here’s an example: MORE

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December 21st, 2012

Appy Christmas in London

On Monday and Tuesday this week I was invited down to Modern Jago in London for Microsoft’s Appy Christmas event. It was a relaxed workshop to hear some presentations about Windows 8 app design and develop your own apps to submit to the Store. I had a lot of fun, even though it was tiring having early starts and we walked around London a lot on the second day. The event was well catered with lots of crisps, coke and pizza - and some alcamahol on Monday night :D MORE

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