Guidance for Designing Windows 8 Apps Faster By Using UI Control Toolkits

Guidance for Designing Windows 8 Apps Faster By Using UI Control Toolkits

Windows Apps Store is the marketplace platform for developers, from where they are able to sell their apps. Thousands of developers submit their apps at the store, but their apps will be made available for downloads only after getting the approval.

You will need to abide with Microsoft developer standard guidelines for getting approvals and for promoting your app at the Windows Store. Get Started Guide posted on microsoft.com will help you in creating Window apps according to the acceptable standards.

For planning and designing your apps, you will need to consider the following points:

  • Plan for monetization – Decide if your app is free trial version or a paid app.
  • Plan for quality & certification – Your app has to undergo several testing process for Windows Store certification. Design your app to meet stability requirements and enhanced user experience. Enhance the quality and reliability to simplify the approval process.
  • Plan for poor network connectivity – Window 8 app users may not always use high speed internet. For this reason your app needs to deliver good user experience, irrespective of bandwidth fluctuations or changes of network connections.
  • Design for different devices – You will need to design Windows apps that can work on all devices like desktops, laptops, touch-screen phones, and Tablet PCs.
  • Design for international market – Windows is a global market platform used by users from various geographical locations, cultures, and languages. Your app should be designed to work in multiple languages, so that it gets adopted more in world-wide market.
  • Design for user preferences – Bear in mind that users will have diverse preferences and expectations. The design principles should allow for user customizations so that it attracts widest potential audience.
  • Enhanced User Experiences – Follow the UX design framework guidelines for improving UI.

Design guide for Windows 8 basically cover factors like:

  • Design principles
  1. What fundamentals can be used to design your app
  2. How to start design planning
  3. How to organize your app
  4. How to help users navigate through the pages
  5. Where to place the common command buttons and controls
  6. What commands move in app bar
  7. How to ensure that your app is compatible for touch interactions
  8. What are the touch gestures available
  9. How to pick an ad provider
  10. What prerequisites are there associated with advertising
  11. How to include ads without messing up user experience
  12. How to include your brand into your apps
  13. Why is branding important
  14. How to develop various features for each control
  15. The guidelines also tell you about how your app can maximize overall user experience
  • Navigation Pattern
  • Commanding patterns
  • Touch interaction patterns
  • Advertising patterns
  • Branding Pattern
  • UX guidelines

The guidelines have technical instructions, which are difficult for developers wanting to create complex menus on business applications. Regretfully, not all guidelines provide on Microsoft.com are effectively clear or easy to follow.

Building Windows 8 apps can be daunting, because there are plenty of things to be looked into before submitting it for certification. The main focus of your apps should be UI enhancements.

By using pre-designed UI control tools you will not have to get too deep into coding. You can create apps rapidly that can easily adapt to varying screen sizes. These developer tools also help to design the layout and controls appropriately. Hierarchical menus can be easily made more compact and spontaneous. Colours, text menu, time, date, rating, fly out control and numeric box control, charts, bullet graphs and many such aspects are built-in the UI controls. RAD Controls, Perpetuum, WinRT and more are pre-programmed control packs designed to build potent and visually striking Windows UI apps.

Perpetuum is a UI control toolkit that helps you develop Windows apps with utmost ease. We have designed this product to motivate developers and avoid the difficulties in getting Window Store app certification.