dir="ltr" lang="en-US"> Musings of a mobile developer | Cory Smith (@smixx)
May 29 2011

Windows Phone Screenshot tool with skins!


I’ve been working away slowly at these changes for a while now but its time for me to set them free on the Windows Phone community!

Updates:

  • Clickonce installer for easier updates
  • Now supports landscape mode!
  • Support for multiple monitors
  • Improved error handling
  • Fixed bug where app name was not used in the screenshot filename
  • Ensures Marketplace screenshot is Portrait and at 100% zoom level
  • Now includes the following skins!
    • Default Emulator
    • HTC HD7 (Added June 1st, 2011, requested by @MGL74)
    • HTC Mozart (thanks to Danijel Malik)
    • LG Optimus 7
    • Nokia Sea Ray (Black, Pink, and Blue) – NEW!
    • Samsung Focus (thanks to Jeff Wilcox)
    • Samsung Omnia 7 (special request from @sstranger

    If you want any skins added please email me, leave a message in the comments or contact me via Twitter @Smixx.

Special thanks to @ninlar, @petrishko, and @sstranger for beta testing the app and finding some bugs :)


Install Now using ClickOnce!

While you’re downloading you can listen to my Developers theme song:
All the lyrics are posted here: http://www.innovativetechguy.com/?p=119
Smixx – Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer) by Smixx

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Windows Phone Screenshot Tool

Windows Phone Screenshot Tool

Samsung Omnia 7 Skin

HTC Mozart Skin

Samsung Focus Skin

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Apr 22 2011

Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer)

Here’s a track I started writing a couple years ago and dug up the other day to finish writing. Recorded this version this morning just to get it out there :) I’m contrasting developing music and developing software in a hardcore rap kinda way, pretty entertaining. Its a Developer theme song so enjoy!

Lyrics are below:
Smixx – Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer) by Smixx



Shameless plug: While you’re listening you might as well download our iOS app:

Cardinal for iOS

Cardinal is a music sharing and discovery platform. Our current iOS application is a great way to share music from your iOS devices, we are currently working on Version 2.0 which will blow your mind!

Here’s a review of it on TheNextWeb



Lyrics

I’m a developer
in many senses of the word
cause I make these applications
but I also use these verbs
to make this music
I construct it line by line
just like when I’m coding
another software design
in both cases
its about design patterns
anyone can get the job done
its the execution that matters
I have many interests
sometimes they conflict
my creativity can usually be a benefit
but sometimes it keeps me
far too busy
but I can’t complain
because my life is hardly gritty
so I think i’ll sit back
and pen myself another ditty
why is it that Linus Torvalds
the only one that Gits me
did you get that reference I was using
or is the thought of source source control too confusing
may just lay myself down a Team Foundation
so I can test the objects of my creation

Chorus (Steve Ballmer)
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers

not a fan of jewelry
except for Ruby on Rails
I can use my skills
to increase my online sales
capitalize on the popularity of Facebook
or grill up some beats
so they declare me a great cook
never really been a big fan of insects
so I track down bugs
remove them when in test
make sure they never get pushed to production
but sometimes deadlines decide they get rushed in
I’m the same way
when it comes to my songs
perfection is the goal whenever the mic is on
I don’t want a bad verse to slip in the mix
cause it could look really bad
for Cory or smixx
only a fan of your behaviour
if its driven development

theres no sense of
adding features for the hell of it
complexity is irrelevant
whether its with music or software
your users have stories so you should be telling them

Chorus (Steve Ballmer)
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers
Developers Developers Developers Developers

seeing my creations
on others devices
after years of concentration
is nothing but priceless
whether its with software
or a song just like this
I put myself out there
so go on and hype this
Running 3 external monitors
off of my macbook
currently reviewer on a Windows Phone Pact book
now I got Steve Ballmer
and he’s bombing on this tracks hook
of course my QA’s on me
cause this app just crashed look
when I write my raps
never use a marker
constantly refactor
like I’m using Resharper
doing ad hoc deploys
and I’m always deliverin’
and I made that choice
regardless of dividends
creating all this noise
in some form
until the bitter end
stating with with my voice
theres no norm
that I can fit within
haven’t been sleeping
but using lots of REST
pass the mic back to who rocked it best


Nov 7 2010

Detect if Windows Phone 7 App is running on device or simulator

Detecting whether our new WP7 app Cardinal is running on the simulator is crucial so we can stub out the ActiveSong for testing purposes.

Here’s the code I tossed in the App.xaml.cs :

public static bool IsRunningOnDevice
{
get { return Microsoft.Devices.DeviceType.Device == Microsoft.Devices.Environment.DeviceType; }
}

This allows me to use it in other classes via:

App.IsRunningOnDevice


Nov 2 2010

WP7 Screenshot Tool

After spending lots of time working in the iOS environment I was a big fan of the iPhone Simulator Cropper that a company called Curious Times had developed. This was one tool that I truly needed when I started working on Windows Phone 7 applications.



NEW in version 1.1

  • Fixed crashing on x86 PC’s
  • Added a screenshot hotkey:
    CTRL+SHIFT+7 (some minor issues I’m sorting out)

    This was a suggestion from András Velvárt (@vbandi) the creator of SurfCube Browser.

  • There are some issues with multiple monitors so ensure the app is on the same screen as the emulator

Known Issues (which I hope to fix soon)

  • Multiple Monitors (for now keep it on your primary monitor)
  • Make sure the emulator is fully on the screen
  • For MarketPlace make sure zoom level is at 100%
  • Doesn’t yet support landscape mode

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Please send all feedback / feature ideas / bugs to: cory.smith at assn.ca

Windows Phone 7 Screenshot Tool

Windows Phone 7 Screenshot Tool

UPDATED: Download latest version with skins here

While you’re downloading you can listen to my Developers theme song:
All the lyrics are posted here: http://www.innovativetechguy.com/?p=119
Smixx – Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer) by Smixx


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