Windows 10 Development: Upgrading from Preview SDK to Release

Before diving into the main parts of our series, there may be some of you (like me!) that were already building apps with the preview SDK for Windows 10. If you attempt to open a preview solution with the final version of the SDK installed, you will very likely have issues (as I did!). In this quick bonus post, I’ll cover just a few of the issues I had to fix to get my project updated and running with the latest releases of both Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015.

Note that your mileage may vary as every project is different, but this is what worked for me, and hopefully it can help others facing similar issues.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blogs: Windows 10 Development: Upgrading from Preview SDK to Release

Developing for Windows 10: Introduction and Getting Started

Today is a big day in the history of Microsoft; the long-awaited Windows 10 release is finally here, bringing a whole new level of interactivity, security, productivity and entertainment. And with it comes a whole a whole new App Development model designed to unify and enhance the developer (and ultimately the user) experience.

As an avid fan of everything Microsoft, I’m excited to start this new journey, and in addition to sharing my enthusiasm for the platform, I thought I would go a step further and share my developer experience.

Read more on the Falafel Software Blog: Hello, Windows 10: Getting Started Developing

Crop, Blend (Watermark) Photos on Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Imaging SDK

I recently needed the ability to combine two images on Windows Phone 8.1 (WinRT not Silverlight) so that one overlays the other, like a watermark. Because the watermark image was a fixed size and dimension, we also needed to make sure that the photo being merged shared the same aspect ratio (in this case a square).

Although I found many examples for cropping and blending in Silverlight, Windows 8.1, and Win32 (GDI+), none of them apply to Windows Phone 8.1 as it omits many of the required libraries and references.

One solution often suggested is to use XAML to layer the images on top of each other, and although this works visually, it doesn’t help if you actually need a merged photo, such as for upload to a service like Facebook or Instagram.

Fortunately in the end, I was able to leverage the Lumia Imaging SDK to perform both the cropping and the blending of the two images, and in this post we’ll look at some of the code that makes this happen. In addition, I’ve created a sample project that demonstrates the operations, available for download to anyone who might need it.

Read more at the Falafel Software Blog: Crop, Blend (Watermark) Photos on Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Imaging SDK