Saturday
May182013

Windows Phone Book 0.048

Just a quick update with a new version of the full book document. I've decided to remove the section heading pages from the book, so this reduces the page count by 5.

Download Windows Phone Book 0.048 (437 page PDF, 27.4 MB)

Saturday
May182013

The Next Chapter, Office + OneNote

Here is a very early peek at the next chapter in Windows Phone book, Office + OneNote. This chapter focuses on the Office hub—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Mobile plus the SkyDrive and SharePoint integration—and the OneNote Mobile app.

I was originally going to write Security + Networking next and did in fact start filling out the topics list for that chapter, but this one seemed a little more interesting.

In its current form, Chapter 12: Office + OneNote is only very partially complete. I wrote the PowerPoint Mobile section and have filled out the major topic areas, which include sections about the Office hub, working with documents, and four Office Mobile apps. OneNote is set apart because of its special place on Windows Phone.

Not much to see here, in other words. That said, feedback is always appreciated, especially around the topic coverage.

Download Office + OneNote 0.1 (8 page PDF, 856 KB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.047 (442 page PDF, 27.5 MB)

Tuesday
May142013

Calendar 1.1 and Photos 0.6

I’ve updated the Calendar and Photos chapters in Windows Phone Book. Calendar was updated to the new task-based approach, while Photos chapter needed more minor edits.

Calendar

This is the very first chapter I wrote for the book, all the way back in September 2012, before Windows Phone 8 even shipped. This version of the chapter is significantly cleaned up and shortened.

Some notes about the changes…

I referred to the Mail app as Email for some reason, so I corrected those.

I changed all references to Hotmail to Outlook.com.

As with the previous chapter edit, for Messaging, I converted the chapter to a task-based approach. I also edited the images as I went rather than doing so after editing all the text.

A lot of the early chapters have/had yellow highlighted text as a note to myself to check something, such as a chapter or section reference. I removed all the highlighting.

I had add a number of new screenshots related to Facebook Events. Not sure why those weren’t added earlier.

The editing and screenshot size reductions reduced the page count in the chapter from 45 to 38 pages. But after adding the Facebook Events screenshots, it jumped up to 41 pages.

As with the Messaging chapter, it’s nice to get this out of the way.

Photos

Looking through other chapters that might need edits, I found that the Photos chapter—which was written in the task-based approach originally—had a now-deprecated Outside the App section. So I removed that, and the conclusion, and moved a few small sections around. Nothing major, but I had to push the changes into the main book document as well, of course.

Downloads

Download Calendar 1.1 (41 page PDF, 2.1 MB)

Download Photos 0.6 (28 page PDF, 2.82 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.046 (435 page PDF, 27.7 MB)

Tuesday
May142013

Messaging 0.8

I’ve updated Chapter 7: Messaging in Windows Phone Book to the new task-based approach. This is one of the first chapters I wrote for the book, back in late 2012, and this version is significantly cleaned up and shortened.

Some notes about the changes.

First, obviously, was the move to a task-based approach. Sometimes this was as simple as changing headings from things like “Managing threads and messages” to something like “Manage threads and messages.” Other times, there was a lot of rewording or just removals of superfluous blocks of text.

The early, non-task-based chapters each had a section called “Outside the apps,” which detailed (monotonously, in retrospect) each of the ways in which the functionality of the chapter topic also popped up throughout Windows Phone. In the case of this chapter, I simply moved some of that stuff out into the main text of the chapter. In others, I just removed it because the topic was covered elsewhere. (People hub integration is a good example. That stuff was subsequently covered in the People + Me chapter.)

Once I had edited the text down, I arrived at a chapter that was 31 pages in Word, down from 37 pages in the earlier version. So the next step was to crop and shrink some images. This was actually a lot of work. At some point I switched from a width of 3.5 inches on all full screen shots to a width of 3 inches, and as one of the older chapters, the images in this one were the older, bigger width. So basically ever shot had to be resized too. Once this was all done, the page count had shrunk to just 25 pages. Nice!

I’m not hugely interested in doing this kind of work, so it was nice to get this one out of the way.

Download Messaging 0.8 (25 page PDF, 1.74 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.045 (440 page PDF, 26.9 MB)

Sunday
May122013

First Draft of Store Chapter is Complete

The first draft of the Store chapter in Windows Phone Book is complete. This chapter focuses exclusively on the Store app and the Windows Phone Store experience. It was previously called Apps + Store.

Store 0.3 adds a number of sections, including Access Windows Phone Store from your PC or tablet (with various subsections), Browse for apps, Search for an app, Make an in-app purchase, and Get app and game suggestions. I also added a new section called Rate and review an app.

Amazingly, I’m starting to hit the home stretch as far as new chapter writing is concerned. I think I’ll write Chapter 17, Security + Networking, next, but we’ll see how it goes.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Download Store 0.3 (29 page PDF, 2.82 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.044 (429 page PDF, 27.7 MB)