Archive for April, 2013

Most of the times the default templates used for apps have very basic color themes: black and white (okay, and some gray). Your app will come more to life if you use a good color theme, matching your content. Question is: which colors are best to use?

Select a color theme

Something I found very handy is the website http://kuler.adobe.com. This website offers a large collection of color themes, where each theme has 5 colors. You can search for a topic to find interesting themes, e.g. ‘vacation’, ‘beach’, etcetera. This is an example of one of the themes: Read more

Maybe you want to build your own Windows 8 app … but you’re not a developer. But you have an interesting hobby you want to share information on. Or you know interesting websites containing useful information. De App-in-a-snap template can help you out!

App-in-a-snap is a template that helps you in a few easy steps to create your own news reader app. The templates uses RSS feeds to do this. Here is an example of an RSS feed (for this blog): http://mtirionblog.azurewebsites.net/?feed=rss2. A link to an RSS feed is often indicated on websites with this icon: rss_41E042C4. It is very easy to add one or more feeds to the template.

Interested? Do you want to try it? Go to http://aka.ms/appinasnap. It contains the template and the documentation (in Dutch) to help you build your own Windows 8 app.