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Digital design plays a crucial role in how customers experience a brand. However, corporate websites and online shops are only one part of interactive brand identity. The importance of mobile apps for smartphones and tablets has grown exponentially in recent years, while interactive touch points and billboards are increasingly found in the real world. The interface is now the brand. This book is designed to guide the reader through the process of digital brand design in five key phases: discovering a demographic, defining an action plan, designing an interface, delivering a quality product, and distributing the design to the marketplace. All the sections are packed with real-world examples, case studies and interviews with experts from leading brands and interactive agencies. A wealth of design documentation and diagrams helps to build a solid framework for any project, incorporating brand strategy at every stage while remaining flexible enough to incorporate change and creativity.
Voice user interfaces (VUIs) are becoming all the rage today. But how do you build one that people can actually converse with? Whether you're designing a mobile app, a toy, or a device such as a home assistant, this practical book guides you through basic VUI design principles, helps you choose the right speech recognition engine, and shows you how to measure your VUI's performance and improve upon it. Author Cathy Pearl also takes product managers, UX designers, and VUI designers into advanced design topics that will help make your VUI not just functional, but great. Understand key VUI design concepts, including command-and-control and conversational systems Decide if you should use an avatar or other visual representation with your VUI Explore speech recognition technology and its impact on your design Take your VUI above and beyond the basic exchange of information Learn practical ways to test your VUI application with users Monitor your app and learn how to quickly improve performance Get real-world examples of VUIs for home assistants, smartwatches, and car systems
Essential Windows Phone 7.5 is the definitive guide to creating powerful, visually compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 platform. Nine-time Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth draws on his extensive experience teaching Silverlight and Windows Phone development, helping you to get started fast and master techniques that lead to truly outstanding apps. After introducing the latest version of Windows Phone, Shawn Wildermuth dives directly into the essentials, emphasizing best-practice examples and illustrating with code. You'll build a complete application from start to finish, then build on your skills with increasingly sophisticated techniques. From planning and design through application delivery, Shawn Wildermuth guides you through the entire mobile development lifecycle, showing how to make the most of Windows Phone 7.5's most important new capabilities. Whether you're a .NET or Silverlight developer going mobile, or an experienced mobile developer moving to Windows Phone, Essential Windows Phone 7.5 delivers all the skills you'll need. Coverage includes * Leveraging Microsoft's breakthrough Metro design language * Using phone features such as email, calling, search, Web browsing, and the camera * Designing the look and feel of your user interface with XAML * Interacting with users via Panorama, Pivot, and other controls * Mastering the new Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.5 * Choosing the right application paradigm and functionality for your specific app * Incorporating touch, vibration, motion, and sound into your interfaces * Working with Windows Phone 7.5's unique hubs and tiles * Building location-based services that work with the phone's GPS * Storing data in Isolated Storage or Windows Phone 7.5's database support * Multitasking reliably, without compromising performance * Integrating external data via REST, conventional Web services, and push notifications * Preparing your application for the Windows Phone Marketplace
DESCRIPTION Anyone Can Create an App is based on the lofty premise that anyone can begin programming given the right tools and the right help. With some time set aside and the course-work in this book, readers will be able to program their first, fully working iPhone or iPad Application. They'll wonder why they never did it before! Anyone Can Create an App provides the EASY starting point for those people who have never programmed before but who always wanted to build iPhone and iPad apps. It starts with the absolute basics and progresses without leaving gaps so that the non-technical person can feel confident going from green to full-grown. Readers will create several apps for their iPhone and get a huge sense of accomplishment along the way. The book also demystifies some of the "insider terms" that programmers use. KEY FEATURES Short easy, easy to digest chapters No programming experience necessary Gain useful knowledge of iPhone and iPad programming AUDIENCE The Swift programming language is an ideal first language. Non-programmers can finally learn to code in iOS for iPhones and iPads without prior knowledge. ANYONE can create an App! ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY Mobile development needs continue to skyrocket and many people want to get in the surge, but they don't know how to program. Swift is an easy to use intuitive programming language for iOS, OS X, and watchOS and makes an ideal first language.
Bring Your iPhone Apps and Skills to Windows Phone 7-or Build Apps for Both Mobile Platforms at Once If you've been developing for the competitive iPhone marketplace, this book will help you leverage your iOS skills on a fast-growing new platform: Windows Phone 7 (WP7). If you're a .NET programmer, it will help you build advanced WP7 mobile solutions that reflect valuable lessons learned by iOS developers. If you're a mobile development manager, it offers indispensable insights for planning cross-platform projects. Kevin Hoffman guides you through the entire WP7 Software Development Kit (SDK), showing how it resembles Apple's iOS SDK, where it differs, and how to build production-quality WP7 apps that sell. Step by step, you'll master each technology you'll need, including C#, Silverlight, and XAML. Every new concept is introduced along with all the tools and background needed to apply it. Hoffman's practical insights extend into every facet of WP7 development: building user interfaces; hardware and device services; WP7's unique Application Tiles; Push Notifications; the Phone Execution Model, local storage, smart clients, Model-View-View Model (MVVM) design, security, social gaming, testing, debugging, deployment, and more. A pleasure to read and packed with realistic examples, this is the most useful WP7 development book you can find. * Compare Apple's Objective-C and Microsoft's C#: "second cousins twice removed" * Build rich, compelling user interfaces based on Silverlight, XAML, and events * Move from Apple's Xcode to Visual Studio 2010 and from Interface Builder to Expression Blend * Leverage hardware and device services, including the accelerometer, GPS, photos, contacts, e-mail, and SMS * Create dynamic application Tiles to appear on the Start screen * "Push" raw data notifications to running apps * Understand and use the WP7 phone execution model * Efficiently store and retrieve data on WP7 phones * Build "smart clients" that sync locally stored data with web services * Manage growing app complexity through "separation of concerns" and MVVM * Successfully deploy apps to the Marketplace
Build the Next Great iOS Game with Cocos2D! Cocos2D is the powerhouse framework behind some of the most popular games in the App Store. If you've played Tiny Wings, Angry Birds, Mega Jump, Trainyard, or even Super Turbo Action Pig, then you've played a game that uses Cocos2D or Box2D physics. The beauty of Cocos2D is its simplicity. It's easy to become overwhelmed when you start developing an iOS game, especially if you look at things like OpenGL ES, OpenAL, and other lower level APIs. Writing a game for the iPhone and iPad does not have to be that difficult, and Cocos2D makes game development fun and easy. Learning Cocos2D walks you through the process of building Space Viking (which is free on the App Store), a 2D scrolling game that leverages Cocos2D, Box2D, and Chipmunk. As you build Space Viking, you'll learn everything you need to know about Cocos2D so you can create the next killer iOS game. Download the free version of Space Viking from the App Store today! Help Ole find his way home while learning how to build the game. As you build Space Viking, you'll learn how to * Install and configure Cocos2D so it works with Xcode 4 * Build a complete 2D action adventure game with Cocos2D * Add animations and movement to your games * Build your game's main menu screen for accessing levels * Use Cocos2D's Scheduler to make sure the right events happen at the right times * Use tile maps to build scrolling game levels from reusable images * Add audio and sound effects with CocosDenshion-Cocos2D's sound engine * Add gravity, realistic collisions, and even ragdoll effects with Box2D and Chipmunk physics engines * Add amazing effects to your games with particle systems * Leverage Game Center in your game for achievements and leader boards * Squeeze the most performance from your games along with tips and tricks
It's in magazines and newspapers, it's on television and radio, it's on busses and billboards and pretty much everywhere you look (except for Apple stores, where it's likely still sold out). The iPad is the hot new touchscreen tablet from Apple, representing the next generation of mobile computing. Packed with dozens of new features, the iOS 3.2 SDK enables you to build sophisticated, desktop-quality apps for this exciting new platform. Every iPhone and iPod touch app developer looking to take the next step and move into the iPad arena will want to read this book from cover to cover. Beginning iPad Development for iPhone Developers: Mastering the iPad SDK has all the answers, and you'll find them presented with the same easy-to-follow style and thorough coverage you've come to expect from titles like Beginning iPhone 3 Development-everything an aspiring iPad developer needs to know to create great apps. Best-selling authors Jack Nutting, Dave Wooldridge, and Dave Mark show iPhone developers how to master all of the iPad-exclusive frameworks and features, which are explained, demonstrated in action, and put through their paces in this comprehensive programming guide.You'll get a detailed understanding of the new feature set and gain every possible advantage in the iTunes App Store. What you'll learn* How to design app interfaces optimized for the iPad by taking advantage of new UIKit features such as Popovers, Split View Controllers, and new Modal Views.* How to utilize new graphics functionality, Core Text, Document Sharing, and advanced input methods to build powerful productivity solutions.* How to embrace the iPad's superior media capabilities with its new video and display options.* How to convert an existing iPhone project into a stand-alone iPad app or a Universal app for both iPhone and iPad users.Developing iOS 4 Apps? Since many of the new features in iOS 3.2 are also present in iOS 4, this is one of the first books available in print that extensively covers several of the new APIs that iPhone developers are also eager to learn for creating iOS 4-optimized apps. Who this book is for This book is for all iPhone app developers who want to leverage their skills to create professional apps for the iPad.Complete Source Code Provided Beginning iPad Development for iPhone Developers includes extensive example projects and the complete source code for Dudel, a full-fledged drawing app for the iPad. Table of Contents* Welcome to the Paradigm Shift* Getting Started with iPad Development* Exploring the iPhone SDK's New iPad Features* New Graphics Functionality* Using Core Text* Popovers* Video and Display* Split Views and Modal Modes* New Input Methods* Working with Documents* From iPhone to iPad* Additional Resources for iPad Development
Now may be the perfect time to enter the wearables industry. With the range of products that have appeared in recent years, you can determine which ideas resonate with users and which don't before leaping into the market. In this practical guide, author Scott Sullivan examines the current wearables ecosystem and then demonstrates the impact that service design in particular will have on these types of devices going forward. You'll learn about the history and influence of activity trackers, smartwatches, wearable cameras, the controversial Google Glass experiment, and other devices that have come out of the recent Wild West period. This book also dives into many other aspects of wearables design, including tools for creating new products and methodologies for measuring their usefulness. You'll explore: Emerging types of wearable technologies How to design services around wearable devices Key concepts that govern service design Prototyping processes and tools such as Arduino and Processing The importance of storytelling for introducing new wearables How wearables will change our relationship with computers
This popular cookbook, thoroughly updated in response to reader requests and new developments in iOS 5, helps you solve the vexing, real-life issues you're likely to face when creating apps for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. This edition contains more than 100 new recipes, each providing a clear solution and sample code that you can use right away. The focus of this book is to teach you how to write iOS apps, whether they're as simple as a music player or as complex as an app that mixes animations, graphics, multimedia, database, and cloud storage. You'll learn about iCloud, Automatic Reference Counting, storyboarding, Interface Builder, creating ad-hoc and simulator builds, provision profiles, graphics, animations, Grand Central Dispatch, Operations and Operation Queues, threads, timers, audio and video and many other iOS 5 tools and techniques. Topics include: * Automatic Reference Counting to drastically cut down the time required to write your iOS apps * iCloud to synchronize users' data to the cloud * Storyboarding to simplify creating your User Interface * UI components, including picker views, data pickers, web views, popovers, activity indicators, progress views, sliders, alerts, switches, and many more * Grand Central Dispatch to write blazingly fast iOS apps without having to worry about creating threads * The all-new asynchronous and synchronous network APIs * Using block-based animations and integrating graphical assets into your apps
Build mobile apps that specifically target your company's unique business needs, with the same ease of writing a simple spreadsheet! With this book, you will build business apps designed to work with your company's systems and databases, without having to enlist the expertise of costly, professionally trained software developers. In Beginning PowerApps, author and business applications expert Tim Leung guides you step-by-step through the process of building your own mobile app. He assumes no technical background, although if you have worked with Excel, you are one step closer. He guides you through scenarios, such as what to do if you have existing databases with complex data structures and how to write screens that can connect to those data. You will come away with an understanding of how to set up screen navigation, manipulate data from within apps, and write solutions to perform specific tasks. What You'll Learn Connect with data Write formulas Visualize your data through charts Work with global positioning systems (GPS) Build flows Import and export data Manage offline scenarios Develop custom application programming interfaces (API) Who This Book Is For Beginners and non-developers, and assumes no prior knowledge of PowerApps
If you want to learn how to develop professional Android apps and deploy them to the Google Play store, don't miss our new book: Murach's Android Programming (2nd Edition). To start, it shows how to use Android Studio and Java to develop a Tip Calculator app for a smartphone or tablet. Then, it expands upon this app to show must-have Android skills such as working with layouts, widgets, events, themes, styles, menus, preferences, and fragments. Next, this book presents two more apps that illustrate Android skills you'll use every day, such as working with threads, files, adapters, intents, services, notifications, broadcast receivers, SQLite databases, content providers, and app widgets. Finally, this book presents an app that uses the Google Maps API and shows you how to submit your finished apps to the Google Play store. The real-world apps let you see how the programmer skills you're learning work together, and they illustrate how and when you'd use each skill. And all the content is presented in Murach distinctive paired-pages style that developers find so clear and time-saving for both training and reference.
Presents strategies to designing platform agnostic mobile apps connected to cloud based services that can handle heavy loads of modern computing * Provides development patterns for platform agnostic app development and technologies * Includes recommended standards and structures for easy adoption * Covers portable and modular back-end architectures to support service agility and rapid development
Apply the techniques needed to build VR applications for mobile and standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) using the Unreal Engine. This book covers the entire VR ecosystem including production tools, Unreal engine, workflows, performance and optimization, and presents two fully-developed projects to reinforce what you've learned. Media designers, CG artists and other creatives will be able to take advantage of real-time engine techniques and easy-to-learn visual scripting logic to turn their creations into immersive and interactive VR worlds. Gear VR, the Oculus Go and other Android based VR HMDs are becoming exciting new platforms for immersive business presentations, entertainment and educational solutions. The Unreal engine, one of the world's most powerful and popular game engines, is now free to use and has become increasingly popular for real-time visualizations and enterprise solutions in recent years. With Unreal's powerful blueprint visual scripting system, non-coders can now design blueprints in Unreal, unlock the power of rapid prototyping, and create complex interactions without a line of code. Get your copy of Unreal for Mobile and Standalone VR today and begin using this powerful tool-set to create high-end VR apps for a wide range of applications from games, B2B, to education. What You'll Learn Explore the VR ecosystem, including history, recent trends and future outlook Review tool set, graphics and animation pipeline (Blender, Zbrush, Substance Painter and others) Examine graphics optimization techniques Set up a project and the target platform Design interaction with Unreal blueprints Deployments, testing, further optimization Who This Book Is For Multimedia designers, CG artists, producers, app developers. No coding experience is required.
Covers all iPad models that run iOS 10 My iPad offers a full-color, fully illustrated, step-by-step resource to using your iPad. Each task has corresponding visuals that are numbered to match the step they are referring to. Sidebars give additional insight into using the iPad without requiring you to sort through paragraphs of text to find the information you want. Tasks are clearly titled to help you quickly and easily find things you want to accomplish on your iPad. Everything from setup and configuration to using apps like Pages and Maps is clearly illustrated and easy to follow. Step-by-step instructions with callouts to iPad photos that show you exactly what to do. Help when you run into iPad problems or limitations. Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your iPad. Connect your iPad to your Wi-Fi and your mobile carrier Learn how to use the on-screen keyboard, predictive text, and dictation Use Control Center to control frequently used settings Use Siri to control your iPad or get information by speaking commands Use iCloud to keep everything current between all your iOS devices (and even your Mac), including music, photos, messages, documents, and more Surf the Web, and send and receive email and messages Download and install apps to make your iPad even more useful Secure your iPad using Touch ID, passcodes, and other security measures Record and edit video using iMovie for iPad Take photos, and then edit them using the Photos app Use the iPad's two cameras to take pictures and video and share them with friends or chat with them live Use AirDrop and iCloud Drive to share files and information with your other devices Use your iPad to take notes, make lists, draw sketches, and create reminders Use FaceTime and Skype to stay connected with friends and family Use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to create documents and presentations Discover some of the most useful and entertaining apps
Leverage Xamarin.Forms to build iOS and Android apps using a single, cross-platform approach. This book is the XAML companion to the C# guide Xamarin Mobile Application Development. You'll begin with an overview of Xamarin.Forms, then move on to an in-depth XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language) primer covering syntax, namespaces, markup extensions, constructors, and the XAML standard. XAML gives us both the power of decoupled UI development and the direct use of Xamarin.Forms elements. This book explores the core of the Xamarin.Forms mobile app UI: using layouts and FlexLayouts to position controls and views to design and build screens, formatting your UI using resource dictionaries, styles, themes and CSS, then coding user interactions with behaviors, commands, and triggers. You'll see how to use XAML to build sophisticated, robust cross-platform mobile apps and help your user get around your app using Xamarin.Forms navigation patterns. Building Xamarin.Forms Mobile Apps Using XAML explains how to bind UI to data models using data binding and using the MVVM pattern, and how to customize UI elements for each platform using industry-standard menus, effects, custom renderers, and native view declaration. What You Will Learn Creat world-class mobile apps for iOS and Android using C# and XAML Build a UI decoupled from C# code and XAML Design UI layouts such as FrameLayout, controls, lists, and navigation patterns Style your app using resource dictionaries, styles, themes, and CSS Customize controls to have platform-specific features using effects, custom renderers, and native views Who This Book Is For XAML and C# developers, architects, and technical managers as well as many Android and iOS developers
This book is a brief primer covering concepts central to digital imagery, digital audio and digital illustration using open source software packages such as GIMP, Audacity and Inkscape. These are used for this book because they are free for commercial use. The book builds on the foundational concepts of raster, vector and waves (audio), and gets more advanced as chapters progress, covering what new media assets are best for use with Android Studio as well as key factors regarding the data footprint optimization work process and why it is important. What You Will Learn* What are the primary genres of new media content production* What new media assets Android Studio supports* What are the concepts behind new media content production* How to Install and use GIMP, Inkscape, and Audacity software* How to integrate that software with Android Studio, fast becoming the most popular IDE for Android apps design and development Audience Primary audience includes Android developers, especially game designers/developers and others who need access to multimedia elements. Secondary: multimedia producers, RIA developers, game designers, UI designers, and teachers.
This concise book walks you through how to get unit testing and test driven development done on Android, specifically using JUnit 4. You'll learn how to do agile development quickly and correctly, with a significant increase in development efficiency and a reduction in the number of defects. Agile practices have made major inroads in Java development, however it's very unusual to see something as basic as unit testing on an Android project. Done correctly, Agile development results in a significant increase in development efficiency and a reduction in the number of defects. Google have finally moved away from JUnit 3 and the developer can now do the more commonly accepted JUnit 4 tests in Android Studio. Up until now getting JUnit testing up and running in Android was not for the "faint hearted." However, "now it's in Android Studio, there is no excuse," according to the author Godrey Nolan, president of RIIS LLC. Android developers are faced with their own set of problems such as tightly coupled code, fragmentation, immature testing tools all of which can be solved using existing Agile tools and techniques that this short book will teach you. What You'll Learn: What are the primary agile learning objectives applicable to Android What are the key Android unit testing tools and how to use themWhat is mock testing and the mock testing learning objectives and how to apply these to your Android apps How to use dependency injection How to apply test driven development to Android How to deal with legacy code, a big issue with regards to Android Audience: This book is for experienced Android app developers looking for an edge to build better and more agile Android apps. Some experience with Java also helpful.
The goal of this book is to crystallize the emerging mobile computing technologies and trends by focusing on the most promising solutions in services computing. The book will provide clear proof that mobile technologies are playing an increasingly important and critical role in supporting toy computing. The goal of this book is to bring together academics and practitioners to describe the use and synergy between the above-mentioned technologies. This book is intended for researchers and students working in computer science and engineering, as well as toy industry technology providers, having particular interests in mobile services.
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