31 XE3 quick videos in 31 days - Oct15 - Windows 8 UI functionality for VCL and FireMonkey apps

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Windows 8 will be available this month. To take advantage of Microsoft's launch and your customers and users who will get new computers with Windows 8 or who will upgrade to Windows 8, you'll want to get your VCL and FireMonkey applications ready for the Windows 8 look and user experience. Using RAD Studio XE3, Delphi XE3 and C++Builder XE3 you can easily create Windows applications that incorporate the latest Windows 8 styling and functionality in an easy and accessible way. In the first video of this series, you saw how to use Metropolis UI project templates for VCL and FireMonkey 2 to get a quick start building Windows 8 applications including blank form, grid style, and split layout style. You also saw how to easily convert your existing VCL and FireMonkey forms to the Windows 8 style. In this quick video you will see how to add Windows 8 user experience and functionality to your VCL and FireMonkey applications using FlipView, FlyIn/FlyOut and LiveTile examples. The new Live Tile integration gives your applications running on Windows 8 Enterprise edition (or Windows 8 Professional edition with a developer key) a presence in the Windows 8 Start Screen and even enables your applications to communicate with the tiles without having to use WinRT. With Delphi XE3, C++Builder XE3 and Metropolis UI, you have one of the quickest and easiest ways to create Windows 8 UI style applications.

Additional information about RAD Studio XE3 Windows 8 style and functionality can be found on the Embarcadero DocWiki in the following articles:

October 15 - Give your VCL and FireMonkey apps the Windows 8 user experience and functionality

Download: http://cc.embarcadero.com/item/29081

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Yx3Eoegto

Duration: 6 minutes and 27 seconds

Size: 39.4mb

Format: MP4

For additional product information go to http://www.embarcadero.com/products/rad-studio.

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    Steffen Binas Monday, 15 October 2012

    How to deploy such an app using the TLiveTiles? Which files from "\bin\livetile\" should/can be integrated in our installer? Is there one global service? If yes, how about conflicts with several Delphi applications using this feature? I didn't find any information about deployment in docwiki.

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    David I Tuesday, 16 October 2012

    Steffen - a couple of answers:

    1) to deploy - if your users are running Win8Pro you can get a free developer key from Microsoft and deploy the app to users. if your users are running Win8Enterprise then you can just deploy the app to users.

    2) Regarding any conflicts - each LiveTile in your app has a GUID that is generated as the Application ID so there is no conflict between applications.

    3) for deploying/installing - you have to build your install to follow the same steps that you did in setting up your environment to develop and test LiveTile applications - install the service, install the app launcher, etc. http://docwiki.embarcadero.com/RADStudio/XE3/en/Setting_Up_Your_Environment_for_Developing_Live_Tiles_for_Metropolis_UI

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    sip telephone servic Monday, 5 November 2012

    i am installing windows 8 in my computer. this information is very helpful for me. i will try this on my computer. thanks for the links and information

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