I see apps like this all the time and ,I might have created a few while in school( all evidence has since been erased don’t try looking for them). So, a lot of the time bad apps are built because people might not have the skills; no idea where to begin ; or simply don’t have the time. Windows Phone App Studio is a great way for newbies, prototypers; app-designed challenged(me); and other developers to go from idea to app in moments.
Google has done this in the past with App Inventor where the app-builder could visually build an android app that they could submit to the store. Different from App Inventor , with App Studio you can edit the source code in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013; download the publish package to put in the store ; and download the app for testing on Windows Phone 8 device using the QR code.
App Studio give the app-builder the option to create an app using an empty template or using one of the existing theme templates. In this post I am going to walk through how I used the hobby template and customized it to make it my own.
Full Disclosure : I did the work described in this blog post on my Mac Air with no boot camp, visual studio or Windows 8 at this time. To test a the app I used my amazing Nokia 1020. What you will need during this process is a Windows Phone Developers account. Remember if you are student you get a Windows Phone and 8 account for free through DreamSpark.
The Idea : Starting with the hobby template, I created Design Box. Design Box is a simple app that helps app-builders find resources and inspiration to building visually appealing apps.
The app will point an app-builder to resources on:
- Design Inspiration
- Color Palettes
So, we have our app idea the next is to build it.