Category: Design

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XAML UI Responsiveness tool in Visual Studio 2013

Interesting article about a new XAML UI Responsiveness tool included in Visual Studio 2013…

From the perspective of interaction-performance applications need to be “fast” and “fluid” – fast to launch, to navigate between pages, to react to changes in orientation, and fluid in scrolling, in panning and in animations. This post introduces the XAML UI Responsiveness tool, a new tool in the Visual Studio Performance and Diagnostics hub that lets you analyze such interaction-performance of your XAML-based Windows Store applications.

Reference

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2013/07/11/xaml-ui-responsiveness-tool-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx

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Designing the Visual Studio 2013 User Experience

Great post on the Visual Studio Blog on Designing the Visual Studio 2013 User Experience.

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Responsive Design: The Only Mobile Strategy That Scales

http://www.sitefinity.com/mobile-web/responsive-design-graph?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=sm_t_telerik_rwdinfographic

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Create icons from any font character in Metro Studio 2

I’ve been using Metro Studio 2 from Syncfusion for a while now to create beautiful looking Metro styled icons for Website, Windows Phone and Windows 8 development projects.

Today I got an email from Syncfusion about the ability to create icons from any font character. This is awesome stuff and I just wanted to share this with you.

If you haven’t tried Metro Studio 2, then head over and download it. It’s free and a tool I recommend every designer and developer should have in their toolbox.

Enjoy!

MetroStudio

Download

http://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/metrostudio

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Article on Responsive Design

Good post on Response Design

Read more…

Enjoy!

References

Blog post:
http://www.kendoui.com/blogs/teamblog/posts/13-01-22/responsive_design_with_twitter_bootstrap.aspx

Six Revisions 25 examples:
http://sixrevisions.com/design-showcase-inspiration/responsive-webdesign-examples/

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iOS, iPhone and iPad Storyboarding

Three new sets of storyboarding shapes are now available for iOS, iPhone and iPad.

These shape libraries are available with the Storyboarding functionality that is included with Visual Studio 2012 Premium, Ultimate and Test Professional products.

Here are a sample of the icons included with these shape libraries…

Common iOS Icons

iPhone controls

iPad controls

You can read more about Storyboarding functionality in my blog post  an introduction to PowerPoint storyboarding.

Downloading the Shapes

You can download these shape from the Visual Studio Gallery.

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An Introduction to PowerPoint Storyboarding (Visual Studio 2012 Features)

One of the new features introduced in Visual Studio 2012 is an add-in for PowerPoint that allows you to do Storyboarding.

PowerPoint Storyboarding allows you to quickly and easily put together an interface design, whether it be for a website, a mobile device, Windows 8, or a desktop application, and then get the necessary feedback from your stakeholders. And since it’s PowerPoint, then even your stakeholders can easily make changes and show you exactly what they want.

NOTE: This feature is only available for Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate users.

Let’s Get Started

Start by going to the Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 program folder and select PowerPoint Storyboarding as shown here:

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This will launch PowerPoint with a blank slide and take you to the Storyboarding tab. You will notice the Storyboard Shapes to the right of your slide and provide all kinds of shapes for your interface design. These shapes are also searchable via the search box.

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Here is a sample slide of what can be accomplished:

storyboading sample

Managing Shapes

One of the neat features found in PowerPoint Storyboarding is the ability to manage your custom shapes as well as export them for other team members to use.

Additionally you can also download community shapes by going to Visual Studio Gallery and downloading any of the available shapes. Most are free, but at the time of this post…there was 1 paid set of shapes.

Once you’ve downloaded a set of shapes, you can import them from the Import Shapes button found in the Shapes section:

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Team Integration

If you’re using Team Foundation Server, then you can link your storyboard to one or more requirements/user stories with the Storyboard Links button:

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NOTE: If you’re not using Team Foundation Server, then there is now a free Team Foundation Server Express 2012 edition, which can be used by up to 5 developers. You can download it from Visual Studio Download page.

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So there is no reason not to be using Team Foundation Server .Smile

Further Reading (Documentation)

I found the following links pretty good at documenting Storyboards and providing greater details:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh409276(VS.110).aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh301773(VS.110).aspx