So yesterday, I worked from home because I was fighting a bit of a cold. I decided for some crazy reason that I should try to make a Windows Phone app before lunch, it being 8am. It was completely do able, and now I have an app pending approval to be published.
Step 1 – Register
Step 2 – Choose a Template
As you can see below, there are tons of options! I decided I’d create one for my hometown, Castro Valley, CA
Step 3 – Title, Description, & Content
Super easy! Hopefully if you’re building this app, you have an idea for a title and a description. As for your image/logo, you can either refer to my earlier post about logos, or pick a nice image off of Bing. Bing has an awesome feature where you can find images which are free to use commercially (which is what you probably want for your app)
Each tab is a different “page” of your app, meaning that you get to it by swiping left or right. I decided to change my pages a bit from the original categories
The two main ways of presenting information I used were pure HTML5 and tables.
The HTML5 sections were simply text, for example, Geography:
If desired, I could have gone in and edited the HTML…. but lunch depended on me finishing the app….so beautification was not a priority.
Tables were slightly more challenging, but still totally do-able.
You can either add each place individually:
Or Import data via excel. (I recommend exporting it first so you can see the formatting, and then modifying that) It’s all CSV formatted
So, I did that for each of my sections/pages as appropriate.
Step 4 – Style, Tiles, Splash & Lock
There isn’t much to say for this section, basically pretty straight-forward. But I’ll show you what I did:
I chose the flip template:
And I chose default splash screen and lock screens:
Step 4: Generate!
App studio says it’ll email you when it finishes generating your application, but it doesn’t really take that long, I didn’t mind waiting.
Soon, you’ll get this page. You’ll want to download the publish package. It will download as a .xap filed
I would also recommend downloading the source code so that you can easily grab screenshots
Step 5: Publish!
It’s only a 2 step process!
Name your app, describe the category, and choose your pricing
Upload your downloaded xap file
You also need to add a description for the store as well as keywords.
LAST PART – Upload images.
App tile icon. You should already have that from your App Studio project.
Screenshots. These were a bit more complicated. What I recommend is opening your source code (as mentioned earlier), and running it in the WXGA phone emulator.
You can then take and save screenshots
Then you’re done! You can go ahead and submit your app for review.
My app is now in the store!
The screenshots and description we developed earlier are now viewable, and people can download my app. Here’s a link if you want to check it out, download and RATE IT!