ToolKits

Windows Phone Toolkit–June 2013–Release – v4.2013.06.11

June 13, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, Microsoft, ToolKits, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Phone Toolkit No comments

Windows Phone team has released the latest update(v 4.2013.06.11) for Windows Phone Toolkit available through NuGet.

Get it as an NuGet package:  https://nuget.org/packages/WPtoolkit/4.2013.06.11

Find what’s new in Release Notes: https://phone.codeplex.com/releases/view/106971

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2.0.3 for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 21, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Codeplex, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, Third-Party-Libraries and Frameworks, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Coding4Fun team has released a new updates for their Windows Phone and Windows 8 controls. There are some interesting controls available for free through codeplex.com.

Coding4Fun team are major contributors to .NET community including Channel9 video series etc. They always brings up innovation in whatever they do, including set of Kinect based tutorials and sample codes available on Channel9 and Codeplex.

Here is the list of controls and converters available with this toolkit set provided to you by Coding4Fun Team.

Controls
Converters

The new release includes certain enhancements and bug fixes: (details given below)

New/Adjustments

  • PreventScrollBinding is included, this will prevents pivot / panorama movements on slider, prompts, …
  • Forced old nuget packages onto new system
  • Slider property change
    • Fill property -> Foreground property
    • Step property -> StepFrequency property

Bug Fixes

  • Toast Prompt would fail if you had two toasts active at the same time and swiped one away

You can download and try the latest release bits either through direct download from codeplex or through NuGet package installs.

Downloads:

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 7).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 8).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Store).zip

NuGet installs:

Documentation: http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/documentation

Windows Phone Power Tools–a must have extension for all Windows Phone developers

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The Windows Phone Power Tools are a natural extension to the developer tools that come with the Windows Phone SDK.

  • Instead of allowing you to only install developer xaps the Power Tools let you test update scenarios by allowing you to update an existing developer app.
  • Instead of having to step through the IsolatedStorage file browser on the command line, the Power Tools provide a GUI to allow you to interact with your applications.

 

Here are some screen shots :

We can connect to a Windows Phone device(after launching Zune)

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Or select an Emulator for your choice

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Connect to an emulator

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Connect to a device through Zune

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Browse your application’s Isolated storage.

Note:

  1. You can browse only the applications that you have installed through your developer license.
  2. You cannot browse through IsolatedStorage area of applications installed through Windows Phone store.

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Download from  Windows Phone Power Tools – Codeplex.com page ( it is worth trying)

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Windows Phone Toolkit–October 2012 with WP8 SDK support

November 1, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Toolkit No comments

Windows Phone Toolkit is an additional set of controls for Windows Phone Development released by Microsoft Windows Phone developer platform team through Codeplex.com.  Windows Phone Toolkit provides the developer community with new components, functionality, and an efficient way to help shape product development.

Windows Phone Toolkit – October 2012 includes additional support for using the toolkit controls with recently released ‘Windows Phone 8.0 SDK’.

 

Components in Windows Phone Toolkit – October 2012:

  • AutoCompleteBox
  • ContextMenu

  • CustomMessageBox

  • DateTimeConverters

  • DateTimePickers

  • Effects – SlideInEffect, TiltEffect and TurnstileFeatherEffect

  • ExpanderView

  • HubTile

  • ListPicker

  • LongListMultiSelector

  • Map extensions

  • PhoneTextBox

  • RatingControl

  • ToggleSwitch

  • Navigation transitions

  • WrapPanel

  • LongListSelector for 7.x

  • MultiSelect for 7.x

  • Samples are included in the source code.

DOWNLOAD:

Codeplex Link for Windows Phone toolkit – October 2012

 

Link to Download Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Final (Online and Offline standalone Installer)

How to–Install Windows Phone 7.1 SDK in Windows 8

Windows Phone Toolkit – September 2012

October 11, 2012 .NET, All, C#.NET, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK No comments

Recently new update for Windows Phone Toolkit – September 2012 has been released.

As per the release notes here are the changes or features included as part of this release

New Features

  • New control CustomMessageBox
  • New control Rating
  • New transition effects
  • Updated control templates to more closely match the 1st party experience
  • Shortened the product name to just “Windows Phone Toolkit”
  • Moved to a pure NuGet or source distribution model.

Bug Fixes

Download: Windows Phone Toolkit – September 2012 – Source code  from Codeplex.com or NUGET package manager in Visual Studio 2010/12

NUGET Binaries Source: http://nuget.org/packages/SilverlightToolkitWP

For using binaries – download Source code from Codeplex.com(link) and compile to binary.

 

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6–Released

October 9, 2012 .NET, All, C#.NET, Featured, HotFixes, Kinect Development, Kinect SDK, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, ToolKits, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, WPF 3 comments

Microsoft has released v1.6 of the Kinect for Windows SDK with support for Windows 8 application support, Visual Studio 2012 development support. You can develop Windows Store applications that would utilize the Kinect Sensor through the USB interface, the new SDK provides enough support necessary for application development using Visual Studio 2012 in a Windows 8 environment.

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The Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to create applications that support gesture and voice recognition, using Kinect sensor technology on computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded Standard 7.

What’s new?

The Kinect for Windows SDK, driver, and runtime v1.6 are 100% compatible with Kinect for Windows v1.0 and 1.5 applications and include new features such as: access to additional features of the Kinect Sensor, improved developer efficiency, and new operating system and tools support.

[Quoting from Release notes]

Windows 8 Support

Using the Kinect for Windows SDK, you can develop a Kinect for Windows application for a desktop application in Windows 8.

Visual Studio 2012 Support

The SDK supports development with Visual Studio 2012, including the new .NET Framework 4.5.

Accelerometer Data APIs

Data from the sensor’s accelerometer is now exposed in the API. This enables detection of the sensor’s orientation.

Extended Depth Data Is Now Available

CopyDepthImagePixelData() now provides details beyond 4 meters; please note that the quality of data degrades with distance. In addition to Extended Depth Data, usability of the Depth Data API has been improved. (No more bit masking is required.)

Color Camera Setting APIs

The Color Camera Settings can now be optimized to your environment.

  • You can now fine-tune white balance, contrast, hue, saturation, and other settings.
  • To see the full list, launch Kinect Explorer from Developer Toolkit Browser and review the Exposure Settings and Color Settings controls for a full list of settings that can be optimized.

More Control over Decoding

New RawBayer Resolutions for ColorImageFormat give you the ability to do your own Bayer to RGB conversions on CPU or GPU.

New Coordinate Space Conversion APIs

There are several new APIs to convert data between coordinate spaces: color, depth, and skeleton. There are two sets of APIs: one for converting individual pixels and the other for converting an entire image frame.

German Language Pack for Speech Recognition

The SDK ships with a German speech recognition language pack that has been optimized for the sensor’s microphone array.

Infrared Emitter Control API

The sensor’s infrared emitter has previously always been on when the sensor is active, which can cause depth detection degradation in a scenario where multiple sensors are observing the same space. There is a new API (KinectSensor.ForceInfraredEmitterOff) for turning the infrared emitter off.

Introducing New Samples!

  • Basic Interactions-WPF: Demonstrates basic gestures, such as targeting and selecting with a cursor, as well as appropriate feedback mechanisms for an optimal user experience.
  • WPF D3D Interop: Demonstrates DirectX 11 interop with WPF, including full WPF composition of DirectX surfaces.
  • Infrared Basics-WPF, Infrared Basics-D2D: Demonstrates using an infrared stream and displaying an image using depth data.

 

Kinect Studio 1.6.0

Kinect Studio has been updated to support the Infrared, RawBayer, Extended Depth Data, and Accelerometer features.

The Infrared Stream Is Now Exposed in the API

The Kinect sensor’s infrared stream is now exposed as a new ColorImageFormat.

You can use the infrared stream in many scenarios, such as:

  1. Calibrating other color cameras to the Kinect’s depth sensor
  2. Capturing grayscale images in low-light situations
  3. Two infrared samples have been added to the toolkit, and you can also try out infrared in KinectExplorer.

Note that the sensor is not capable of capturing infrared streams and color streams simultaneously. You can, however, capture infrared and depth streams simultaneously.

Support for Virtual Machines

The Kinect for Windows sensor now works on Windows running in a virtual machine and has been tested with the following VM environments:

  • Microsoft HyperV
  • VMWare
  • Parallels

This greatly expands the utility of the Kinect for Windows SDK, as it can now be used on any machine whose native OS supports running Windows in one of the VM packages listed above. In particular, this enables several developer scenarios, such as certain automated testing approaches.

 

Setup and configuration details for using the Kinect with the tested VMs are contained in the Getting Started section of this documentation.

 

Note that only one Kinect at a time will work with a given VM, and you may experience lower frame rates on lower-end computers as some computing resources are consumed by the VM itself.

[Quoting from Release notes]

View release notes for understanding the complete set of feature improvements in v1.6.

 

Download Kinect for Windows SDK v1.6  (Version: 1.6.0.505)

Download Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit v1.6 (Version: 1.6.0.309)

 

Additional reference about release – read the Kinect for Windows team announcement blog