Displaying message dialog in Metro apps

Introduction:
Popup messages play a vital role for an application. Confirmation boxes, Alert messages and displaying specific sets information are done in Windows store app through a message dialog that pops up on the screen covering the entire width of the screen. These message box design are by default provided by Microsoft.

Description:
Message Dialog blocks the user interaction with other objects on the screen and dims the Screen background. So it should be used accordingly. Continue reading

3D effects in Windows Store App

Introduction :
3D effects can be applied to Windows Store apps using Transforms. Rotation of an object is possible along all the Three axis : X, Y and Z. Object appears to be Rotated by the respective angle supplied to it through the transfor.

Description :
In this example, we will take a look into PlaneProjection, it’s rotation angle and Center of rotation. All three play a crucial role in 3D designs in XAML.
PlaneProjection exposes to various properties that can be used to give a 3D effect. In which the RotationAngle helps us to decide the angle by which the object is to be rotated.
CenterOfRotation property decides the point about which the object is to be rotated.
We will see the rotation by an angle and the change of CenterOfRotation, how it differs from the default Point about which it is rotated. Continue reading

Windows Store App : Flipview custom styling – Part 3

Introduction :
Flipviews in Windows store app can be used to show items both Horizontally and vertically.
By default flipview items are aligned horizontally. But vertical alignment is also possible using flipview.

Description:
Vertical Alignment of flipview items can be achieved by editing the ItemsPanelTemplate and changing the orientation of VirtualizingStackPanel inside the itemsPanelTemplate to vertical. Continue reading

Windows Store App : Flipview custom styling – Part 2

Introduction :
Flip view by default comes with the style templates, which can be customized to produce a different appearance. Editing or styling the flip view container or its next and previous buttons can be done through these style sheet.

Description :
By default flip views for Windows store app have their own Next and Previous buttons, which are defined in their default styles sheet with a class named as “Arrow”. We can find the default style sheet from this MSDN Link .

Let’s replace the default arrow with a custom Image to change the flip view appearance. Continue reading

Windows Store App : Flipview custom styling – Part 1

Introduction
Flipviews are a common control provided along with the windows store library. They are commonly used for magazines and news applications where reading content page wise is essential. It provides a unique swipe effect where you can see pages sliding horizontally or vertically according to your requirement.

For Swipe gestures using mouse,  as per the default style, there are arrows on both side boundaries of the flip view pointing towards the required direction of movement.

Description
We will Look into a situation where we need to remove the arrows of the flip view from it’s style. This situation may arise when we want an entirely touch application where swiping the screen might be the only option. Continue reading

Choosing a Project Template While Creating a Windows Store Application in WinJS

Introduction:
As a WinJS application programmer, we need to choose a right project template to begin with the application. Templates are the pre-built frames to support the programmers with some pre-written code architectures. So we need to choose the correct template among them.

Visual studio offers 6 types of templates for WinJS as follows.

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