07-05-2014 07:37 AM
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  1. exyaized's Avatar
    Background Designer - Download
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    Hey guys,
    its time for my next app.

    Background Designer is an app which helps you to design your own awesome backgrounds, wallpaper or however you want call that pictures :-)

    First of all the compatibility:
    WP 8: You can use the backgrounds for lock screen ONLY!
    WP 8.1: You can use the backgrounds for your lock screen AND start screen!

    This apps works with two layers.
    The first layer is your base background (need to rename that in app from "Backgrounds" to "Base", i think?)
    For now you have three options:
    - a solid color
    - a 2 toned gradient
    - a picture from your gallery.
    At this point you can already save the background if you like to have a simple colored background.

    Lets talk now about the key feature of this app. You can add an overlay to your base background. Two options are available now:
    - installed designs (ok, sorry, not many now, but there are more on the way in weekly updates)
    - a second picture from your gallery

    These both layers are melted down to one picture.
    NOTE: Background Designer is no simple "click-n-go app". You need invest some time and play around a bit. If you do so with colors, effect level and blend mode, you can achieve really outstanding results where you normally would need a PC with Photoshop.

    OK, better showing some Pictures now^^
    For example, a 2 toned gradient as base background:
    wp_ss_20140504_0011.png

    And a pre installed design as overlay with blend mode "Overlay" and effect level set to max:
    wp_ss_20140504_0010.png

    If you like to or need to, you can also rezise, rotate or change the position of the overlayed design:
    wp_ss_20140504_0012.png

    You can see all changes youre doing live in the small preview.Changing the color while a overlay is on can be a bit laggy due live rendering but no big deal, still useable.

    If you want to better preview your masterpiece you can use the back-key on your phone to go back to big preview. And from here you can also save it to Gallery:
    wp_ss_20140504_0013.jpg

    Please dont forget to review my app in the Windows Phone Store, thanks!

    Enjoy! hope you like my app
    Last edited by exyaized; 05-07-2014 at 06:56 AM.
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    05-04-2014 08:37 PM
  2. Dnamb's Avatar
    The QR code seems to be invalid. But I'll surely check out your app.
    exyaized likes this.
    05-04-2014 09:11 PM
  3. exyaized's Avatar
    The QR code seems to be invalid. But I'll surely check out your app.
    Hm.. i have no idea why Bing Vision cant read this Code. I tried with my own QR Scanner and Scan and it worked just Fine.
    I also have no Search result for Background Designer in the Store now , but searching by my dev Name "exyaized" should work ;-)
    05-04-2014 10:03 PM
  4. Dnamb's Avatar
    Hm.. i have no idea why Bing Vision cant read this Code. I tried with my own QR Scanner and Scan and it worked just Fine.
    I also have no Search result for Background Designer in the Store now , but searching by my dev Name "exyaized" should work ;-)
    Yes it seems bing vision is not able to read the code. I installed it on my phone, the app is a little confusing at first, a tutorial for first time users would be good. The app is fast and is really good, but when I tried to overlay a picture from my gallery the app crashed. I have a NL520, maybe RAM issue?

    Also one more bug I found, when a overlay is selected and trying to change the effect level, the effect is inconsistent. Like if I drag the effect level scale to full and then drag it down somewhere in the middle, the effect doesn't change OR even sometimes it only changes by a little.

    But the app is really good and has potential. Keep up the good work.
    Last edited by Dnamb; 05-04-2014 at 10:50 PM. Reason: typo
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    05-04-2014 10:48 PM
  5. LTTG's Avatar
    Nice app! I really like it!
    exyaized likes this.
    05-04-2014 11:08 PM
  6. exyaized's Avatar
    Yes it seems bing vision is not able to read the code. I installed it on my phone, the app is a little confusing at first, a tutorial for first time users would be good. The app is fast and is really good, but when I tried to overlay a picture from my gallery the app crashed. I have a NL520, maybe RAM issue?

    Also one more bug I found, when a overlay is selected and trying to change the effect level, the effect is inconsistent. Like if I drag the effect level scale to full and then drag it down somewhere in the middle, the effect doesn't change OR even sometimes it only changes by a little.

    But the app is really good and has potential. Keep up the good work.
    Yes i know an instruction is really needed. I planed to do a how to video, but i want to add more features first.

    Normally it should work with 512MB devices, will investigate your issue for sure!

    Slider issue, ok, will try a trick here. Maybe i add up/down buttons.
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    05-05-2014 05:26 AM
  7. exyaized's Avatar
    QRcode changed, works now with Bing Vision (Bing Vision doesnt support UTF-8 coding)

    App definetly crashes on 512MB devices, sorry for that!
    Fix is coming within next 12 hours, and additionally 512MB devices now will have special designs with reduced resolution.
    Curtieson and Dnamb like this.
    05-05-2014 01:09 PM
  8. ssapre's Avatar
    Pretty nice effort I would say, but app crashes many times. Tried on my icon, but crashed 4 times at least.
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    05-05-2014 01:50 PM
  9. Dnamb's Avatar
    Thanks for the update, it is working much better now. But a new bug has been introduced in the app, when I compose a background and click on save, the size of the composed background reduces and is saved on the gradient that I used. Please see the attachment.
    Attached Thumbnails wp_ss_20140507_0001.png  
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    05-07-2014 12:45 AM
  10. exyaized's Avatar
    Pretty nice effort I would say, but app crashes many times. Tried on my icon, but crashed 4 times at least.
    Thanks, now it should be fine.


    Thanks for the update, it is working much better now. But a new bug has been introduced in the app, when I compose a background and click on save, the size of the composed background reduces and is saved on the gradient that I used. Please see the attachment.
    Thanks for reporting this bug.
    Fixed already! If certification goes fast, the update will be live in 3 - 4 hours.
    Dnamb likes this.
    05-07-2014 06:54 AM
  11. Curtieson's Avatar
    What about a quick text template? I don't even think you need different fonts, but could use choice of color.

    I have always liked to put an 'if found, contact (123) 456-7890" on my lock screen... Anyone else think that would be handy?
    05-07-2014 01:51 PM
  12. exyaized's Avatar
    What about a quick text template? I don't even think you need different fonts, but could use choice of color.

    I have always liked to put an 'if found, contact (123) 456-7890" on my lock screen... Anyone else think that would be handy?
    Take a look at my other app "Lockscreen Texter Lite" in the Store. You can put a text on a picture and if needed a second picture (QR code, or something else). More customizing features are planned.

    Just search for "exyaized".

    Ill think about your suggestion to include a text template to Background Designer or to include blending options to Lockscreen Texter
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    05-07-2014 02:51 PM
  13. Curtieson's Avatar
    Take a look at my other app "Lockscreen Texter Lite" in the Store. You can put a text on a picture and if needed a second picture (QR code, or something else). More customizing features are planned.

    Just search for "exyaized".

    Ill think about your suggestion to include a text template to Background Designer or to include blending options to Lockscreen Texter
    Do you think putting the features of Lockscreen Texter into Background Designer would just complicate the design too much? [I don't, haha]

    Other things I'd say...when you click the triple dots from your main screen, the save icon's description says "save to pictu". I'm sure that is due to my phone's resoltion. I'm assuming you either meant Pictures or Pikachu . I'd change it to say "Save to Pics". [Lumia 920]

    Not sure if it is even possible...but when I save, it'd be nice if I could click on that faux Toast and have it take me to my pictures.
    05-07-2014 04:29 PM
  14. exyaized's Avatar
    Do you think putting the features of Lockscreen Texter into Background Designer would just complicate the design too much? [I don't, haha]

    Other things I'd say...when you click the triple dots from your main screen, the save icon's description says "save to pictu". I'm sure that is due to my phone's resoltion. I'm assuming you either meant Pictures or Pikachu . I'd change it to say "Save to Pics". [Lumia 920]

    Not sure if it is even possible...but when I save, it'd be nice if I could click on that faux Toast and have it take me to my pictures.
    Putting all (+ upcoming) features of Lockscreen Texter into Background Designer would definitely complicate everything^^
    I think its better keeping both apps seperated and make em work together if its possible.
    Theory:
    - Designing a background with Background Designer
    - Then tapping a button like "Add text with Lockscreen Texter"
    - Lockscreen Texter is starting and the background comes automatically from Background Designer

    Hm... the "Save to Pikachu" issue is weird!
    The emulator (WP 8 @ 480x800) and my Lumia 920 (WP8.1 @ 768x1280) display "Save to pictures". I dont know, maybe try to restart your phone and / or reinstall Background Designer.
    Anybody else with that problem?

    Tapping the toast to open the gallery would be a really nice feature, but its not possible to launch the gallery by code.
    Last edited by exyaized; 05-07-2014 at 10:25 PM.
    05-07-2014 08:36 PM
  15. Dnamb's Avatar
    Hm... the "Save to Pikachu" issue is weird!
    The emulator (WP 8 @ 480x800) and my Lumia 920 (WP8.1 @ 768x1280) display "Save to pictures". I dont know, maybe try to restart your phone and / or reinstall Background Designer.
    Anybody else with that problem?
    Yep, same issue here.
    05-07-2014 11:01 PM
  16. exyaized's Avatar
    Yep, same issue here.
    Well that seems to be a Windows Phone issue or feature (depends on point of view^^)
    Im using german language on my phone and have two lines underneath the appbar-icon. I changed the language to english and voila just one line and same issue.

    Ill change that, but Im not quite happy with "save to pics"
    What do you guys think about just "gallery" or "photo hub". I think it should be clear in combination with the icon.
    05-08-2014 08:47 AM
  17. Dnamb's Avatar
    Well that seems to be a Windows Phone issue or feature (depends on point of view^^)
    Im using german language on my phone and have two lines underneath the appbar-icon. I changed the language to english and voila just one line and same issue.

    Ill change that, but Im not quite happy with "save to pics"
    What do you guys think about just "gallery" or "photo hub". I think it should be clear in combination with the icon.
    Or just "Save" , "gallery" or "photo hub" might confuse users. Anyways its your call. :)
    05-08-2014 10:28 AM
  18. exyaized's Avatar
    Or just "Save" , "gallery" or "photo hub" might confuse users. Anyways its your call. :)
    Hm, yes, makes sense! But i wanted to keep "save" for other purposes ;-)

    Next update with new designs and again performance improvements is aprox ready this weekend. So i have still some time to think about it.
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    05-08-2014 12:13 PM
  19. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    Oke, i shall DL this little creation and give it a go.
    Just running blind and not going to read any tutorial because most users don't
    An app should feel "intuitive" without complications.
    05-09-2014 06:01 PM
  20. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    And we are back. Look promising and has a nice touch but when you only want to use the gradient you can only choose from top to bottom, not diagonal or sideways. But everything else is okay. Great work 👍
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    05-09-2014 06:31 PM
  21. exyaized's Avatar
    And we are back. Look promising and has a nice touch but when you only want to use the gradient you can only choose from top to bottom, not diagonal or sideways. But everything else is okay. Great work
    More gradient options are coming ;-)
    But can't promise to be included in next update.
    05-09-2014 07:53 PM
  22. exyaized's Avatar
    Unfortunately I have to delay the next update. I thought that more peolpe are knowing which Windows Phone version they are using or reading app descriptions or just viewing pictures.

    So I need to stop all update works now and create tons of warning notices and tutorials first. xD

    Sorry!
    05-11-2014 10:38 AM
  23. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    That's the main reason that when someone asks me to test a app, i never read the manual. It should be intuitive. And that's no problem with your app. People hate to read manual's.
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    05-11-2014 10:48 AM
  24. exyaized's Avatar
    Thanks! This is really great to hear.
    Ill keep this manual simple; just a few words about different Windows Phone versions and a link to a short how to video.
    05-12-2014 08:52 AM
  25. exyaized's Avatar
    Project My Screen is just awesome!

    Here's a short demo. I think this is enough to give an insight into Background Designer.

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    05-13-2014 01:18 PM
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