22nd

Apr

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Carl Schweitzer

Preparing live tiles for 8.1

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In a previous blog post, I wrote about using a UserControl to generate images for live tiles. This is still a great technique, however it needs to be tweaked a bit in order to prepare it for Windows Phone 8.1. The problem with this technique, is that it does not work with th
18th

Apr

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Carl Schweitzer

Check out a new podcast with us!

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Hey everyone! I am part of a new podcast all about Microsoft developer news. Covering all topics in the realm of Microsoft including the cloud and cross-platform development using the Microsoft platform. Check it out at http://msdevshow.com and subscribe using the feeds avai
21st

Jan

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Carl Schweitzer

Saving a UserControl as an image… great for creating Live Tiles!

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This week I have been working with UserControls and partially to use one to help render Live Tile images. If you lay out your live tile on a UserControl in xaml, it is easy to see how the end results are going to turn out. Plus as you can see its easy to save out....
18th

Jan

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Carl Schweitzer

Get a user’s 12/24 hour time preferences

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I’m working on a Windows phone project where the time is being displayed, and even though I’m in America, I prefer 24 hour formatted time. Most around me don’t, and as a result I’ve become sensitive to ensuring that someone can choose to customize thi
9th

Jan

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Carl Schweitzer

How to detect the Windows Phone theme and accent

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One of the key design elements of the Windows Phone platform is the theme and accent color. Users can choose from a light or dark theme as well as over a dozen accent colors. Allowing the users preferences to leak over into your app will make the experience feel more integra