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Hull CS Blogs for Windows 8 Version 2.1 Released

You may remember a very similar Blog Title from a week ago, saying that version 2.0 of Hull CS Blogs had been released for Windows 8. After some feedback from Rob Crocombe and noticing a few things that irritated me I have made a few minor improvements and released version 2.1, which you can update to from the Windows 8 Store or download from here.

Changelog:

  • Changed the name on the Start Tile from “Hull Computer Science Blogs” to “Hull CS Blogs” for Aesthetic Reasons
  • Added the label “Latest Blog” above the latest blog on the home page, so now the blog title on the picture has more context
  • Improved performance on caching, meaning the initial start up of the app is much faster
  • Added “friendly dates” to each blog tile – e.g. “2 hours ago”, “3 Days ago” or “1 month ago” rather than “16/03/2012 16:45”
  • Made it so you can see who Authored each blog post on the main page
  • Improved UI for Split Views
  • Fixed a bug where the Latest Blog sometimes wouldn’t appear

I hope you enjoy the application! Please rate and review, and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any bug reports, ideas or feedback!

Thanks,
Danny

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Modern Experience Development

Hull CS Blogs for Windows 8 Version 2.0 Released

Since I changed my domain from DanTonyBrown.com to DannyBrown.net my Hull Computer Science Blogs application has experienced a few difficulties. This is because it looks for a list of Contributors (blog writers) from the old domain, which I totally forgot about before I let it expire.

Having noticed the problems I set out fixing it right away. Whilst doing this I also added a few extra features.

I completely rewrote the user interface, making it more touch friendly, scale-able across all screen sizes and including a snapped view for every page. Below is a gallery detailing all the changes, in each instance the old UI is shown above and the new improved UI is below:

I also added in ATOM support so you can now enjoy the blog feeds of people who use the standard which competes with RSS, such as those who use Google’s Blogger Platform to post. This includes Dr. David Parker amongst others.

You can download the application here or just go to the Windows 8 Store to complete the upgrade now.

I hope you enjoy the app, and as always I love any feedback you may have!

Danny

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Mobile Application Development Modern Experience Development

Winner! Windows 8 App Generator Competition

Microsoft is really heating up its drive to get more applications in the Windows Store, as part of this push they have a few competitions on — which, if you’re a developer you should definitely check out!

One of these is the Creative Bloq App Generator competition, which is described below:

Whether you’re an experienced Windows developer or a newcomer to the platform, there’s an incredible range of prizes to be won – and EVERYONE who enters has a chance to win. As well as prizes for the Ten Best Apps and the overall Grand Prize winner, there are also 28 daily draws, where winners will be randomly chosen to receive some fantastic prizes. All you need to do is register here, either with a live app in the Windows Store or with an app you are building – or even just thinking about building. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you’ll be entered into the draws and competition.

I signed up to the competition with my Hull Computer Science Blogs application for Windows 8, and much to my surprise received an email a few days ago which read:

Good morning Daniel,

Congratulations you are a winner!

Your app Hull Computer Science Blogshas been chosen at random as one of the Creative Bloq and Windows 8 App Generator competition daily prize winners.

You have won a 32GB Windows tablet (make and model TBC), this will be despatched to you no later than the end of January 2013.

I can’t wait to receive my tablet in January and find out what make and model it is 😛 You can be sure to find a receive of it here at some point in February,

Thanks Microsoft!
Danny

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Mobile Application Development Modern Experience Development

Hull Computer Science Blogs for Windows 8 now Available

Last week I got an email from Microsoft saying

Congratulations! Hull Computer Science Blogs, release 1 is now in the Windows Store. Use this link to your app’s listing in the Windows Store to let others know about your app.

http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-us/app/hull-computer-science-blogs/494f8574-7c2c-4ab4-a59b-e08921b2d227

Because we just added your app to the Windows Store, it might take some time before your customers will see it in their search results.

To track the performance of Hull Computer Science Blogs, open your Dashboard.

Keep up the good work!

The Windows Store team

So you can now click here to go to the Windows Store and download the Hull Computer Science blogs app for Windows 8.

The app features

  • A Windows 8 Modern Experiance User Interface
  • A list of the latest blogs list with a built in blog reader
  • A list of all contributors and the ability to view their social networking feeds and latest blogs

I’d love any feedback you have, either posted on this blog post or emailed to me at Danny@Dantonybrown.com, get downloading!

Danny