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Okay, we have finally made it to our final post on using the awesome tool, Metro Studio, by Syncfusion to create great assets for your Windows Phone Application.  Hopefully you got something out of the last three posts:

Metro Studio, Part 1 – Splash Screen

Metro Studio, Part 2 – Icons and Tiles

Metro Studio, Part 3 – Background

Todays focus is going to be on creating a quick application bar using the plethora of icons available in Metro Studio.  It is amazing how quickly we can create a great looking application bar for our application.  So, let’s get to it.

Before we get started, I have a little bad news.  My system crashed the other day and I lost the Metro Studio project that we were using for the previous posts.  I did, however,  have the Visual Studio project backed up, so we are good there.  I won’t be going back to create everything the way it was before, so, hopefully you are smarter than me and back up your work.  Okay, what do we do next?

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As you work on Windows Phone applications you will shortly find that there a number of controls missing from the Windows Phone SDK.  For example, maybe you need a charting or a calendar control.  What about a PDF control?  Color selector control for your user to customize areas of your application?  Without these controls, your application will never fly in the Windows Store.

What do you do?  Do you just throw caution to the wind and try to develop them by yourself?  Do you decide to quite all together because you know you don’t have the time or talent to create a full blown calendar control?

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PanoramExampleOne of the coolest design elements of a Windows Phone application is the parallax effect that uses the background image to make the content pop out at the user.  You probably won’t believe this, but yes, Microsoft had one of the coolest design concepts in their mobile platform before even Apple.  Apple is just getting this effect in iOS 7.  Over 2 years after Microsoft introduced it in Windows Phone 7.

Okay, so we have gone over how to use Metro Studio, by SyncFusion,  to create splash screens, Metro Studio, Part 1 – Splash Screen, and icons/tiles, Metro Studio, Part 2 – Icons and Tiles.  Now, let’s use the parallax effect in our application.  The best part is that it is already built into the controls that come with the Windows Phone SDK.  It is called the Panorama control and allows us to easily set a property defining the background image that it uses.

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MetroStudioSplash So, you are writing the newest and coolest Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 app, but you aren’t a graphic designer.  Your graphic design skillset isn’t good enough to do even the simplest icon style graphics let alone splash screens and awe inspiring backgrounds.  Sure there are tons of freelance sites out there that can fill the bill.  There are even a ton of asset sites that can get you some really great imagery for your top selling app.

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