• .NET Mobile

    Designing a Windows 8 Metro style app starting from an existing Windows Phone app – Design Case Study Part 1

    A lot of the Windows Phone developers out there are already considering porting their Windows Phone apps to Windows 8. May be you are thinking: from Metro to Metro - it has to be pretty easy and straightforward, doesn’t it? Let’s see if this is true. This case study gives insights into porting the design of an existing Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro app. It discusses the main similarities and differences between the design guidelines of the two platforms, what can and cannot be reused. User Experience Design Guidelines for Windows Phone User Experience Design Guidelines for Windows 8 For...
  • .NET Mobile

    New Hub Tile Control for Your Windows Phone Apps

    With our Q1 2012 SP1 release we managed to bundle something that will make your apps go off the fanciness chart, something that will make your apps look way better. That something is called RadHubTile and the WP7 home screen experience is now available to your apps without any effort. Just put one of the hub tiles we have prepared for you on your page and watch your app shine. That probably sounds great but how do you actually use that thing? “Where are the classes!?” I hear you shout. They will be revealed a little later because I think it’s time...
  • .NET Mobile

    Announcing RadControls for Windows Phone Q1 2012 SP1

    Now that Q1 2012 has been out for a while we have managed to gather some very useful feedback from you on the new stuff that we released with it and with Q1 2012 SP1 it’s time to bring it officially to you. Besides the fine tuning of existing functionality, we are really proud to announce one pretty important and powerful new component that can easily make your application shine: RadHubTile:          This component brings the Windows Phone home screen experience directly to your app without much complexity. It not only covers all native Tile behaviors (animations, layouts etc.) but delivers even new...
    March 21, 2012
  • .NET Mobile

    Wrap Layout + UI Virtualization = RadDataBoundListBox for WP

    The standard Silverlight for Windows Phone ListBox, as many of you already now, can be easily tuned to use a different Items Panel from the standardized Stack Panel. This is a really very powerful feature that many of pointed out was missing in RadDataBoundListBox. Since the WrapPanel is another commonly used layout panel in the ListBox context, many of you asked for similar feature in RadDataBoundListBox provided that it further extends to supporting the powerful UI virtualization approach that we already use in our control. Some time ago Georgi Atanasov from my team gave a very thorough explanation of how to mimic a Wrap Layout...
    February 20, 2012
  • .NET Mobile

    Announcing RadControls for Windows Phone Q1 2012

    Welcome to this milestone release for RadControls for Windows Phone, as it brings the suite to a whole new level - fully embracing the concept of Rapid Application Development. This is actually our first release which includes not only classic UI components, but also infrastructure that helps you implement and integrate very common scenarios used throughout mobile applications.                     But let’s just skip the  lengthy introduction and move directly to the unpacking. I’ll start with the entirely new components that are available now: RadPaginationControl – a really powerful approach to deliver rich content presentation in your WP application. This control allows you to enable...
    February 16, 2012