Nokia today announced the release of Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 with lots of improvements. Nokia Imaging SDK allows developers to take advantage of powerful library of image manipulation tools that already powers Nokia’s own imaging applications, such as Creative Studio. The imaging SDK makes use of Random Access JPEG (RAJPEG) format to offer great performance and a low memory footprint.
- Partial JPEG decoding
Using RAJPEG technology, access image data without decoding a whole JPEG image for blazingly fast previews, application of effects, rotation, and cropping of high resolution images.
- Updated, easy to use API
The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0 delivers a WinPRT library, which has been updated to better follow Win RT conventions. The API is available from both managed (C# and VB) and native (C++) code, is really simple to use, and comes with a range of intuitive classes and methods.
- Over 50 filters, effects, and enhancements
The library comes packed with effects, filters, and enhancements for you to use; from the simple, such as auto-enhance, frame, and brightness to those with advanced capabilities such as adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation.
New filters in 1.0 include Chromakey which enables “green screen” magic, compositing images from background and cutoffs.
- Roll your own
With the new SDK release, it is now possible to create completely custom filters for your own unique effects.
- Crop, resize, rotate, and undo
Cropping, rotating, and resizing is supported; you can now crop and rotate in one step with the Reframing API. What’s more you can take advantage of the built-in unlimited undo functionality.
- Use the camera as a source
Use the Camera Helper API for easier access to camera functionality.
Nokia Imaging SDK is designed to support Windows Phone 8 apps.
Microsoft started adding support for third-party development tool vendors since the launch of Windows Phone 8. Marmalade is one of them and it just released the final version of Marmalade 7, their cross-platform C++ SDK that includes support for Windows Phone 8. Marmalade, in partnership with Microsoft has announced a free 3-month Marmalade license extension and a Free Windows Phone 8 Device when you get your apps using Marmalade SDK approved on the Windows Phone Store.
Read about this offer here.
via: Windows Phone blog
Corona SDK is a tool which allows developers to easily create cross-platform 2D apps and is used by more than 300,000 developers worldwide.
Corona Labs has now announced coming support for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
The tool allows maximum code re-use, allowing developers to code 10x faster, and decreasing time to market and increasing iteration speed.
Matthias Schindler, CTO of flaregames notes, “Corona SDK makes it extremely easy to publish for iOS and Android with a single code base. By supporting Windows, Corona Labs will make it even easier for us to maximize our apps’ reach and success.”
“We continue to see strong growth within the Windows app ecosystem, thanks in part to contributions from companies like Corona Labs,” says Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Apps and Store, Microsoft Corp. “Corona’s platform has attracted a large number of successful developers who will be able to easily extend their apps into the Windows ecosystem.”
“Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 have proven to be great platforms for developers, and their growing user base presents a large opportunity,” says David Rangel, COO, Corona Labs. “We look forward to working with Microsoft, empowering Corona developers to build apps for Windows devices and reaching an even broader audience for their apps and games.”
Beta support for Windows Phone 8 will be available in the first quarter of 2014, followed by full support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
Read more at Corona Labs here
Long time Windows Mobile users will well recall Phatware and Phatpad, the company who specialized in handwriting recognition on Windows Mobile, and who’s technology was behind the build-in functionally in the OS.
Of course neither handwriting recognition or Phatware made the jump to Windows Phone. This is about to change however, as PhatWare Corporation today announces the availability of the new version of WritePad handwriting recognition Software Development Kit (SDK) for Microsoft Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8.
WritePad SDK for Windows and Windows Phone enables handwriting-based text input which automatically converts to text in third-party applications on Windows-based devices. This would be ideal for developers who want to make stylus-based apps specifically to use on the new large phablets set to be released soon on Windows Phone.
WritePad SDK Features:
- Recognizes natural handwritten text in a variety of handwriting styles: cursive (script), PRINT and MIXed.
- Recognizes dictionary words from its main or user-defined dictionary, as well as non-dictionary words, such as names, numbers and mixed alphanumeric combinations.
- Provides automatic segmentation of handwritten text into words and automatically differentiates between vocabulary and non-vocabulary words, and between words and arbitrary alphanumeric strings.
- Does not require a user to train the software and allows for most users to achieve high accuracy right “out of the box”.
- Reliably recognizes handwriting and provides spell checking and word completion features.
The new version of the WritePad SDK now features the smallest and fastest handwriting recognition engine on the market. WritePad SDK supports 11 languages in a single static library, making it perfect for embedded devices and applications.The WritePad SDK is also available for OEM licensing.
New features in the WritePad SDK:
- Handwriting recognition engine is now packaged as a single static library for all supported languages, enabling the support of handwriting recognition for several different languages in a single app.
- Support for Windows 8 (Desktop and Metro; x86, x64), Windows RT (Metro; x86, x64, ARM) and Windows Phone 8 (x86, ARM).
- Support for seven new languages, bringing the total count of supported languages to 11, including English (US, UK, US Medical), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Spanish, and Swedish.
- Improved recognition quality of individual letters and words in print and cursive modes.
- Extended digital ink manipulation and serialization API.
- Updated sample code that demonstrations how to call native WritePad API from .NET and Windows Store applications.
WritePad SDK includes handwriting recognition engine static libraries and dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and sample code in C++ and C# allowing easy integration with new or existing Windows applications or devices. WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based.
Developers who want to integrate the WritePad SDK in their apps and request an SDK evaluation and commercial pricing should visit PhatWare’s web site at www.phatware.com
It seems Windows Phone 8 GDR2 will contain a bit more than Datasense and access to the FM Radio. Microsoft will also be releasing an SDK update for developers, and as we saw earlier today this may expose new APIs which will allow new features to be created.
The news was tweeted by Robert McLaws, a high profile Windows developer.
The SDK and new emulator images briefly became available this morning, but now appears to have been pulled. Hopefully Microsoft has a bit more than expected up its sleeve after waiting so long to release this update.
The SDK for the Agent Smart Watch is now available to download. Developer Mike Hole has posted a brief tutorial on connecting a Windows Phone to the emulator for the accessory via Bluetooth, and is working on a Sample Project which should help other prospective Windows Phone developers get up and running rapidly.
Unlike most smart watches the Agent smart watch is a proper development platform, and runs on the .Net Micro framework, with developers coding in Visual Studio 2012 and able to deploy apps to an emulator to get up and running without actually having the watch, which will only become available in December 2013.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the SDK for Windows Phone 7.8, which includes two emulator images for the OS.
The emulator will allow developers to fully test how their Windows Phone 7.5 apps behave in 7.8.
The Windows Phone SDK update adds:
- Windows Phone 7.8 emulator: This OS image emulates your app running on a 512-MB device running Windows Phone 7.8 (build 8878)
- Windows Phone 7.8 256MB emulator: This OS image emulates Windows Phone 7.8 (build 8878) running on a 256-MB device
- If youâ€™re running a Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installation, the update will also download and install the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update onto your machine as part of the update
(again, only applicable to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installations)
The SDK update requires an existing installation of the Windows Phone SDK for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (7.1 or 7.1.1) or Windows Phone SDK 8.0.
Windows Phone 7.8 offers no new APIs, but does allow developers to take advantage of new live tile options, such as:
- And appâ€™s primary tile can have a customized small tile, support wide tiles, and also take advantage of the Flip tile template.
- Secondary tiles can be enabled to take advantage of all three of the new tile templates (Flip, Iconic, and Cycle).
Read more at the Windows Phone blog here.
Winphoneviet, who leaked the most recent Windows Phone 8 SDK, reports that the SDK has new APIs, including one called SaveSongOperation which allows one to load music into the Xbox Music Library, just like developers can now save pictures to the Picture Hub.
The freedom would for example allow developers to download music from the internet and add it to the music bug, or transfer music via Bluetooth and do the same.
The new API is further evidence that Windows Phone 8 will represent increased freedom from restrictions for Windows Phone users used to a much higher level of control.
Read more at WinPhoneviet here.
Summer ended nearly a month ago.
If there is any doubt that Microsoft is cutting it close to the wire the latest news that the Windows Phone 8 DSK is only now entering release candidate status is plenty of confirmations.
Microsoft has said they wish to keep the Windows Phone 8 SDK secret so as not to reveal unannounced features of the new OS. We have however been tipped that Microsoft is only now releasing a Release Candidate for the SDK to select developers, which finally allows Windows Phone 7.5 apps to be published and Windows Phone 8 apps when that market opens.
At least the SDK is nearly in its final version, which hopefully means a release on the same day as Windows Phone 8 is publically unveiled. While some have portrayed this delay as a disaster it of course merely meant that there will be few Windows Phone 8-specific apps in Marketplace on launch, which is hardly a disaster with around 120,000 Windows Phone 7 apps in the store.
Thanks to our tipster.
Microsoft has now started opening access to the Windows Phone 8 SDK to selected developers.
To apply, Marketplace developers shouldÂ visit the Microsoft Connect siteÂ and complete an application. You will need your Developer ID and Applicationâ€™s Product ID, as well as the name of your local Phone ChampÂ (Â viaÂ Find My Champ app).
The program is intended for the most downloaded Marketplace apps, and is open until the 17th September.
Microsoft also revealed why they have not announced the full SDK yet. The reason is rather unexpected – Microsoft simply did not want to let the Windows Phone 8 feature list out of the bag. Â Given that the emulator has already leaked this reasoning seems a bit weak, and it may be good idea for Microsoft to accept that reality. They promise there will be Â more SDK news in the coming weeks.
Read more at Microsoft here.
The last we heard the Windows Phone 8 SDK was to be released in mid-September. Now the Visual Studio team have been posting about developing for Windows Phone 8, noting the Visual Studio Virtual Launch Event will feature details on C++ development in Windows Phone 8.
Given that the virtual event will be on the 12th September is seems a rather convenient date to release the Windows Phone 8 SDK also, which is of course needed to develop for the new features of the new OS.
With Windows Phone 8 handsets expected to hit the market within a few weeks to a month after this it is likely there will be little software initially to take advantage of the great new features in Windows Phone 8, but there have been rumours that some trusted developers have had access, which does mean we should see some big-name titles out of the gate exploiting the new OS.
Read more about the visual studio launch 2012 here.
Thanks Himanshu for the tip.
We have been burned by Microsoft developer evangelists before, so take this with a large measure of salt.
Walter Novoa, Microsoft employee and Developer Evangelist in Columbia, has posted on his MSDN site that the Windows Phone 8 SDK will not be ready until mid-September.
This will leave developers with only a few weeks between the release of the final SDK and the arrival of Windows Phone 8 handsets on the market.
Of course unlike Windows Phone 7 there is already more than 100,000 apps in Marketplace, making the Windows Phone 8-specific apps less than urgent, but is seems Microsoft is cutting it pretty close for the phone operating system which is meant to save Windows Phone and Nokia.
Claiming their own sources, WPDang says they expect the Windows Phone 8 SDK to be released to developers in the last week of July.
They note this is consistent with the pattern of previous releases like Mango and expect the software toolkit to still have a beta label attached.
There is however one hiccup â€“ as far as we know to run the Windows Phone 8 emulator developers will need to be running Windows 8, which obviously presents a problem with the OS only set to be released closer to the end of the year.
Fortunately Windows Phone 8 handsets will not be launching with a limited library of apps, unlike the Windows 8 marketplace, given that they will be able to take advantage of more than 100,000 Windows Phone 7 apps.
Read more at WPDang here.
Microsoft Research has released three different Face manipulation apps in Windows Phone Marketplace so far. Face Mask, Face Touch and Face Swap are the apps you can now find it in marketplace. Now, Microsoft Research has released an SDK that developers can use to process Face images, etc,.
The Microsoft Face SDK provides many state-of-the-art algorithms to process face images, such as face detection, alignment, tracking, and cartooning. The SDK makes it easy for developers to create interesting, face-related Windows Phone applications.
I expect some cool apps from Windows Phone developers using this SDK. Download the SDK here.
As Aviary announcedÂ few months ago, it released its imageÂ editing SDK to Windows Phone developers today.
- Redesigned SDK from the ground-up to take advantage of the Metro design principles of Windows Phone
- The same, easy integration process: add our editor to your project in as little as 15 minutes, with just a few lines of code
- Customizable color theme
- Controllable output size based upon developer preferences â€” you decide what makes the most sense for your app or service
- â€¦ Not to mention that Aviary for Windows Phone has all the standard features as the rest of our mobile SDKs
Another good news is that popular Windows Phone apps like 4th & Mayor, Rowi, etc,. are already working on integrating Aviary’s image manipulation SDK into their apps which we may see it in marketplace soon.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the final version of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1, which is now available for download.
The final SDK, which is designed for Mango phones, brings support for seven additional release languages, adds final finishing touches to the tooling experience, a handful of bug fixes, and additional upgrade logic to provide a better installation process for users coming from earlier tools and is the culmination of two betas, a refresh and a release candidate, all the time polishing it in response to user feedback.
Read more and find download links at the Windows team blog here.