Generating your tile/icon image assets for Windows 10 UWP using Photoshop Actions

UPDATE:  The Windows design team has made this template and the export actions into an official Windows 10 design resource. You can now find this at the Windows 10 design resources page under the Tools section as well as here in this post. — We all know that Windows 10 UWP now supports many different screen sizes…

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Windows 10 UAP app throws System.Resources.MissingManifestResourceException error when accessing strings from a RESX

If you try to access a string from a RESX file embedded in your Windows 10 UWP application or library in Visual Studio 2015, you’ll end up getting this exception: System.Resources.MissingManifestResourceException was unhandled by user code  HResult=-2146233038  Message=Unable to load resources for resource file “Contoso.UI.GeneralStrings” in package “d1c46561-bf90-4e62-9e4f-e2c1f3fe0fd1”.  Source=mscorlib  StackTrace:       at System.Resources.ResourceManager.GetString(String name, CultureInfo culture)       at…

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How to create a hamburger menu control for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone

You’ve probably seen many apps on iOS and Android that have a “hamburger menu” layout control for their application.  This unfortunately is not an out-of-box control on Windows or Windows Phone and instead requires you to create your own custom built control for this UI paradigm. I’ve seen several apps on Windows or Windows Phone implement…

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How to generate and manage app visual assets for Windows AND Windows Phone with ease using Photoshop actions

UPDATE:  If you’re looking for Photoshop templates for Windows 10, see my  newer post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx  — We all know that Windows and Windows Phone support many different screen resolutions. This requires dev teams to create many image assets in their app packages and we all know that takes a LOT of time to produce. To make…

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How to embed a WebBrowser control inside a Pivot Item in Windows Phone

I had an application that required a WebBrowser control within one of the PivotItem instances in a Pivot control.  There is nothing stopping you from having the Content property of the PivotItem be a WebBrowser control instance except that when you run the application, the WebBrowser interferes with the touch / swiping controls of the…

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Collection of modern UI icon libraries on the web for FREE

If you’re not a natural designer, like myself, it can be really tough to put together a beautiful modern UI. Or maybe you are a good designer but just don’t want to reinvent the wheel and are looking for a collection of existing modern icons / graphics. Well, I found the following resources to be…

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How to link style/resource dictionaries located in different assemblies in WinRT and SilverLight

If you’re architecting a modern application for Windows or Windows Phone for reuse or even for performance, you’ll quickly realize that putting everything in to the main application project isn’t the wisest of ideas.  When you start separating your views/controls into modules (separate projects), you’ll need to move your common styles into a separate resource…

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Windows 8.1 WACK Failure: The contrast ratio of the background color and foreground text color is 1. This ratio should be greater than or equal to 1.5

I was trying to submit a new application of mine to the Windows 8 Store and I failed a package compliance test which stated: Package compliance test FAILED App manifest Error Found: The app manifest test detected the following errors: The contrast ratio of the background color and foreground text color is 1. This ratio…

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