(If you are a C# | XAML dev and prototype cross-platform apps, Xamarin anyone, these template projects can make your job very easy!)
This is third post in the series of SketchFlow template projects for prototyping apps for mobile devices. Last two posts were for Windows Phone & iPhone 6.
Pull this and various platform template SketchFlow projects from GitHub.
This post introduces Android Lollipop template project for SketchFlow. For this first Android template I chose LG G3 phone skeleton as base and added Lollipop home screen for more in-time feel in prototype. As and when I get time I will add more Android devices which can be easily swapped in the prototype in seconds.
For a quick demo of Android Lollipop prototype template project, have a look at this video:
Some screenshots of the project in action:
I have updated Microsoft Blend SketchFlow project for latest iPhone 6 frame. Download projects from GitHub. As earlier the project has built in iPhone 6 frame, animated keyboard image, iPhone 6 home screen, and clickable home button.
My earlier posts have detailed information about other Sketchflow projects and video tutorial of how to use them.
SketchFlow is a powerful prototyping tool. In last post I shared Windows Phone SketchFlow template project. Here I am sharing iPhone skeleton project for SketchFlow. Both these projects are similar in functionality with different phone frames. Android projects are on their way. Read more…
“Cortana in Office” Vine videos are below in the post.
I heard some new features are coming to Office 16. One of them will supposedly be some assistant similar to Clippy. I suggest, let’s not bother Clippy any more, just say – “Cortana, will you assist Office users on Windows 9”. She gladly will. After all, Cortana is a Personal Digital Assistant. Following are some scenarios I envisioned with MS Office:
- “Cortana, create a table with 5 rows and 10 columns”.
- “Cortana, in cell A5, find the average of values in cells A1 to A4.
- “Cortana, find a 200 word excerpt from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and insert in the document.”
So I virtually (yes) put Cortana in Office 16 in these Vine videos (feels real with sound, so enable sound):
And here is Cortana helping with Formula. (enable sound, disable the first one :D)
How about Cortana reminding on a smartwatch!? (And if you are interested this is my smart timekeeping app for your Windows Phone, free and no adverts
I like Cortana. If you do too, you might like my other futuristic Cortana integration fact-ions.
Cortana, find me the nearest top-rated coffee shop?
Recently I created an XCF template for app marketing and wrote a post about how to use it.
Nokia Lumia 1520 is a gorgeous phone. So is your Windows Phone app’s hub in panorama. And you do know that a well developed app is just the half way. Getting the app to its audience is the second half. I created this layered GIMP image to easily sandwich a panorama hub between the layers and showcase your app with your own shining colors. You need to do following to create your app’s panorama with this template: Read more…
Some people wanted the template in PSD format. So, here you are.
Hope you find it useful.
Download KeywordsSearch.xlsx from GitHub.
ASO stands for App Store Optimization (like SEO; Search Engine Optimization). Know more here. To improve the chances of search engines or app stores (Windows Phone Store, Google Play, iTunes – Apple iPhone and iPAD Store) finding your app, your app needs a good description (apart from the keywords provided by the store) which includes as many related words. To achieve this, you would typically first decide your app related keywords and use them in app description. This is easier said than done. To help, I created this small tool in Microsoft Excel, which you can use to list down the keywords with value of importance, type description, and see the coverage of keywords you have used in your description. Download KeywordsSearch.xlsx from GitHub.
How to use?
- Decide keywords and type them according to their value in the respective columns. High value keywords are those which are a must for app’s discoverability. Medium value keywords are important and low value ones are good to have.
- Type app’s description in this cell. Try to include as many keywords as possible in your text. As and when you want to see which of the keywords you have used in your description, either exit out of the cell by pressing Tab or press ctrl + Enter. You will notice that the words you have used in the text have now green background, and those which are still not used remain with red background. Keep typing and try to turn as many words as possible, green.
- The coverage section will show what percent of High, Medium, and Low value keywords you have used in the text you have typed.
- Legend section talks about meaning of color and formatting of text in keyword list.
Edit: Updated for iPhone 6
Download projects from GitHub.
SketchFlow is a powerful prototyping tool. In last post I shared Windows Phone SketchFlow template project. Here I am sharing iPhone skeleton project for SketchFlow. Both these projects are similar in functionality with different phone frames. Android projects are on their way.
Download projects from GitHub.
Excerpt from earlier Post:
Those who have exposure to Visual Studio Blend, WPF/Silverlight developers, SketchFlow comes as natural extension to quickly prototype app ideas. Other prototyping tools are – Pencil, Balsamiq,Axure, SmartDraw, Visio etc. Recently, I wrote an introductory post about open source prototyping tool, Pencil, with example navigation flow screens. In my experience I found SketchFlow to be very efficient in creating high-fidelity prototypes. This project template gives, out-of-the-box, phone frame images, dummy keyboard with interactive states, back button, and home button. The phone frame images included are – Windows Phone emulator stock image, Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 1520, and HTC One. Android phones and iPhone are in plans.
For a quick demo, have a look at this video:
Following are some screen shots of the SketchFlow player: