May 202013
 
 May 20, 2013  Posted by at 9:08 am Uncategorized  Add comments
The grandma

The grandma

My grandma made her very first app not to long ago, with a little help from me. She made a NFC writer app for Windows Phone 8, a simple but functional app. I wanted to find a nice vector file I could use for the app, but couldn’t find a fitting one so I ended up making my very first vector drawing inspired by the Illustrator and Aftereffects session with my dear friend Julia Holmblad this weekend. She finally showed me how to use the pen tool, and I decided to give it a go in the opensourse program Inkscape. The pen there isn’t 100% the same, but I managed in an hour or so to scramble together a drawing I was happy with.

Working on a tulip in Inkscape

Working on a tulip in Inkscape

Inkscape is free

Inkscape is free

I tweeted it, and it wasn’t long before the devs got creative and suggested I make her tapdance. Well, why not?

After importing the XAML to the project, I threw together a quick animation- please keep it mind it was just for laughs 🙂 But I might actually keep it in the app. Yes, why not? Here you go, the dancing grandma. Blog post on the app creation itself coming up later this week.

Hermit Dave, this is for you:

  2 Responses to “Requested: Dancing grandma – and a note on Inkscape”

  1. Hi Iris,
    Inkscape, can import Illustrator files when saved as pdf and than you can convert it to a xaml file. Open this Xaml file in Blend and than you can begin with the animations. I did this once with a smiley from svg to xaml

    • I made the drawing in Incskape, saved it as a pdf, changed filename to .ai, then opened it in Expression Design and exported it as XAML. The XAML generated by Incskape is not compatible with SL in WP as far as I know. Might be an easier way to do this, I’m new to Incskape and Expression Design 🙂

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