Updating Windows Store Apps for Windows 8.1

I’ve recently updated four of the apps that I had published for Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and it was really easy.  For each of these apps, my main goal was to make them work in the new 500px minimum width and possibly take advantage of some of the new APIs.  The process to update…

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Can this be my Next Journal?

As many of you know, I have been keeping physical journals for years – using them for drawing, taking notes, water coloring, collage -  all sorts of things.  I even found my favorite vendor in Iona Handcrafted Books out of Austin, Texas.  I started my career in computers with the vision of a pen-based architectural design…

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 is an Animation Studios

I’ve tried out the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 machines in the Windows Store and I really like the new kickstand design – with its secondary position at 55 degrees, it makes the Surface even better as a movie studio with my Zoetrope app.  I no longer have to use books under…

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Using New Windowing Feature in Windows 8.1

I’ve just updated my Windows Store app, Zoetrope to take advantage of the new Windows 8.1 feature where apps can span across multiple windows. With this new feature, your app can create new windows to accomplish tasks.  If you are looking to understand how to design this feature in your app, take a look at…

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Windows 8 FlipView Looping Sample

One of my customers asked me how to make a Windows 8 Xaml FlipView control that automatically loops.  After figuring out a technique that worked (adding duplicate items to be beginning and end of the FlipView.ItemsSource list).  I wanted to make an elegant way of packaging the solution.  I decided to use a Custom Attached…

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South By Southwest Panel & Workshop Proposals

Today the Panel Picker for South by Southwest 2014 goes live.  For those of you who haven’t heard of South by Southwest (or SXSW), it is an annual music, film, and interactive conference in Austin, Texas in March.  In 2014 it will be March 7-16.  I have gone the past 5 years and have seen…

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How Zoetrope can Create Movies from other Apps

When I was creating Zoetrope, I wanted to make it easy for other apps that work with images to take advantage of Zoetrope’s capabilities and create videos from those images.  There are two easy ways to do this with Zoetrope: using the file picker contract and using the share contract. File Picking Contract In Zoetrope,…

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Zoetrope: Create Motion from Pictures on Windows 8

I just published Zoetrope a Windows Store app that makes it super easy to create movies from still photographs.  My inspiration for this app is seeing my boys build and play with LEGO and create adventures with their creations.  I wanted to make it easy for them to create movies with devices like the Surface…

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Authentic: a Connected Media Experience Player

For the past year I have been working with the record labels (Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group) on building a new way of creating digital connected albums, called Connected Media Experience, or CME.    It is based on a zip package with an XML manifest and HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and media content within…

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