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Providing all the different formats for logos for a Windows (Phone) App is not always that easy. Various sizes, even various resolutions if you want to do it right. My colleague Shinobu Takahashi created a very handy desktop tool to generate all these logos from one selected image. So you only have to make/find your artwork once and then use the tool to generate the logos and include them in your project.

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Just start the tool, use Open Image to select an image from your disk. Select with the icon after the title if you want to generate for Phone or for Windows 8. Then click the square tile or wide tile on the right so you can draw a rectangle on the actual image to determine the content of that logo.

 

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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?

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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

On the discussion board of the Player Framework there were a number of discussions about specific UI customizations. To have some more samples how to create a sample UI on top of the player framework I actually created one. If you look at it, it looks a bit like a well-known player. Of course there are lots of other UI elements in this sample one to enable all the Player Framework goodness. This is what the player looks like (it’s an image, not the actual player):

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You can’t think of the web without video these days it seems. And even on the phone we see more and more video as networks get more speed. If you want to build an application or website that shows video, how can you do that easily? The Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework, formerly known as Silverlight Media Framework, is a very useful and powerful toolkit for using a video player. There is support for various types of video/audio, use of advertisement (VAST/MAST/VPAID), markers, captions and more. And even better, you can customize that player to your needs. That means that you can determine what the framework does for you, you can extend it with your functionality, and you can customize the UI of the player. Read more