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

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


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Duration: 6 minutes and 27 seconds

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  1. Steffen Binas | October 16, 2012 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    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.

  2. David I | October 16, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    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.

  3. sip telephone servic | November 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    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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