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…


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…