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    Inter Uni Game Jam 2012

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    As you are all aware, last weekend was Uni Jam 2012, at Nottingham Trent University.

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    Setting up at Inter Uni Game Jam

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    Participation

    Students from the following universities attended the event:

    Nottingham Trent University

    University of Nottingham

    Kingston University

    City University London

    University of Derby

    University of York

    University of Warwick

    Anglia Ruskin University

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    Highlights

    It is clear from the video footage taken during the event that the general atmosphere was great. The attendees were upbeat and enthused about the opportunity with everyone smiling even in the middle of the night people. Even in cases where development was being halted by bugs and other issues, all the students managed to stay positive and enjoy themselves.

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    Another highlight was when a member of the team from Warwick University offered to help the 2 man team (from Kingston and London City University) with a maths problem. This goes a long way to showing that although it was a competition, the spirit of the event was friendly and students from different universities were able to work together to create brilliant games.

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    A quote from the DevSoc Facebook page following the event was "I came to Uni in October, hoping to be able to learn how to make games, and with DevSoc, I successfully made one after a month. Can't argue with that!!!" This is what the vision for the game jam was all about, so feedback like this has made all the work worthwhile.

    Full videos of the event and interviews with the teams can be found at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCElCpSPU28MP_e3IhDerJ-A

     

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    Inter Uni Game Jam 2012 Winners

    Prizes were awarded by the judges as follows:

    Accessibility - NTU DevSoc (Patrick Merritt, Paul White, Eamonn Hayden, Charlotte Ash) Windows Phone 7/8, XNA MonoGame

    Game Play - NTU DevSoc (Luke Shires, Alex Roberts, Nick Powell, Charlotte Neill, Russell Claxton) Windows 8 XNA MonoGame

    Graphics - University of York (Samuel Twidale, Joe Williamson, Tom Rosling) Flash

    Innovation - Anglia Ruskin University (Ed Horsey, James Roberts, Kieran Linnie, Owen Westfield Bell) Unity

    Windows 8/Windows Phone - NTU DevSoc (Luke Shires, Alex Roberts, Nick Powell, Charlotte Neill, Russell Claxton) Windows 8

    People’s Choice - NTU DevSoc (Luke Shires, Alex Roberts, Nick Powell, Charlotte Neill, Russell Claxton) Windows 8

    Random Prize Draw for a Windows Nokia Lumia Phone - NTU DevSoc (Eamonn Hayden)

     

    Acknowledgements

    This event would not have been a success without all the support we have received from third parties. Our thanks go to:

    Nottingham Trent University – Dev Soc’s Alex Close and his excellent organisation,  huge thanks to the Computer Science Department for providing on going support through the planning and running of the event and providing us with an excellent venue.

    Stewards and Nottingham Trent DevSoc team – For volunteering their time to help run the jam. Some stayed awake for the whole 24 hours to make sure they could help if they were needed.

    Sponsors

    Microsoft - For sponsoring the Windows 8/Windows Phone category, Peoples choice category and random prize draw.

    Pocketeers - For sponsoring for the Innovation prize category.

    Marmalade - For sponsoring the Game Play prize category.

    Desura + Indie Royale - For sponsoring the Innovation prize category.

    Pololu – For sponsoring the Accessibility prize category.

    Rebellion + 2000AD - For sponsoring the Graphics prize category.

    Insane Dev (Steven Batchelor-Manning) - For sponsoring the Accessibility prize category and coming down to the venue to show support.

    Dynamite Jack – For sponsoring the Graphics, Innovation, Accessibility and Game Play prize categories.

    Wiseman Designs - For providing treats for all competitors in the form of Haribo and Freddos.

    Fellow judges

    Mode7 Games (Paul Taylor) - For judging the competition and providing a Frozen Synapse key to everyone who participated in the event.

    David Smith - For judging the competition and providing ongoing support throughout the competition.

    So get publishing apps and creating a portfolios here are some useful takeaways

    Games are the #1 download and #1 money making app category so get developing!

    Pick your niche, grow from there have a look at the excellent things www.devsoc.co.uk have achieved.

    XNA and MonoGame provides a solution to get your existing XNA assets and games running as a Windows 8 Store App

    MonoGame provides a cross platform solution so that you can leverage your existing XNA development effort, across multiple marketplaces to develop a portfolio of games across platforms

    Follow the certification guidelines (WACK) to make your app Windows 8 Store ready and use your www.DreamSpark.com Free windows phone and Windows 8 developer accounts to publish your titles to store.

    Enter as many competitions and Game Jams to grow your experiences also enter competitions such as www.imaginecup.com for teams and http://www.aswift.com/searchforastar for individuals.

    Useful Resources and links

    http://www.ubelly.com/gaming Building Windows 8 Games

    http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8/ Windows 8 UK Camps and Training Events

    http://bit.ly/GJ_W8Samples Windows 8 Samples

    http://dev.windows.com Windows 8 developer resources

    http://dev.windowsphone.com Windows Phone 8 developer resources

    http://www.monogame.net  MonoGame

    http://monogame.codeplex.com MonoGame Installer for Windows

    http://www.github.com/mono/MonoGame Git Resource

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    Installing enterprise metro apps without using Microsoft Store

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    Over the past few days I have had a few questions re how does a University go about installing Enterprise apps onto Windows 8 machines without having to setup Microsoft LiveIDs on each of the machines,

     

    As your all aware from the Consumer preview, applications are installed via the Microsoft Store, authentication to the store is based upon your Microsoft LiveID. As a consumer you simply click on the store icon and use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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    However if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees/students or lab Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want to do it more directly.

    Which is where “sideloading” fits in.

    Microsoft Technet has detailed documentation on Windows 8 Sideloading to add and remove line-of-business (LOB) Metro style apps

    In brief:

    • App must be cryptographically signed
    • App can only be installed on a computer that trusts the signing certificate
    • Group Policy must have the Allow all trusted applications to install setting.
    • Computer must be domain joined to run the app (not needed for install)

    At which point installing an app is as simple as

    add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx

    Additionally you can also remove apps via this process

    Remove-appxpackage C:\app1.apx

    More details on the Windows Store can be found here

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/

    And Building Windows 8 blog

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

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    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Milestones

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    August the 1st marked a important day for academic institutions wishing to use/teach Windows 8 in the next academic session.

    Windows 8 reached Release to Manufacturing, Windows 8 is now being issued to all PC OEM and manufacturing partners.

    More details http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/08/01/releasing-windows-8-august-1-2012.aspx

    • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators
    • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
    • August 16th: Education institutions with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
    • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
    • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
    • August 25th - 31st: Students will be able to download these via DreamSpark Premium institutional ELMS stores
    • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers and Academic License Resellers.

    So over the next few days/weeks you will see the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

    More details http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx

    Developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. While all apps during the preview phases were free, at RTM developers can begin charging for apps, so those with access to RTM bits will begin to see paid apps appear in the Windows Store.

    Also, Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.

    On September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and download by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.

    More details http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2012/08/01/windows-server-2012-released-to-manufacturing.aspx

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    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows on DreamSpark

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    Due to the number of comments I have had on this post, I just wanted to confirm what products will be available under DreamSpark for students.

    MSDN Subscriber Downloads: August 15th, 2012

    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 are available as of, August 15th, on MSDN Subscriber Downloads to DreamSpark Subscribers.

    To confirm DreamSpark Premium Subscription Program Administrators may follow these steps to get immediate access to the software:

    1) Visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads

    2) Sign in with the Windows Live ID associated with their DreamSpark Subscription

    3) Search for the product of choice and click on “Download”

    4) To acquire product keys the administrator may click on “Product Keys” and “Get Key” for applicable SKUs.

    a. Note: Not all Visual Studio 2012 SKUs require a product key.

    5) The file will be downloaded in .iso format.

    a. Click here for instructions on how to use .iso files.

    DreamSpark.com and ELMS WebStore: August 25th, 2012 for student downloads

    Please see the SKU Availability Matrix below for specifics on which products will be available on DreamSpark.com, and through DreamSprk Premium ELMS Institutional WebStores.  The SKUs highlighted in red will be available starting August 25th, with the remaining releasing in a week thereafter, To confirm, Windows desktop operating systems are only available to students at education institutions which have purchased a DreamSpark premium subscription for STEM based disciplines .

    Note: these SKUs will be available in the following languages on the 25th, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional, with rolling releases of additional languages following on a week after:  

    For Visual Studio SKUs a separate Portuguese-Brazil language pack will be required, and will also be available on the 25th.

    Product SKU Availability Matrix

    Subscription Level

    Product SKU

    DreamSpark

    DreamSpark Premium

    Visual Studio Professional 2012

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows

    X

    X

    Visual Studio Premium 2012

    X

    Visual Studio Ultimate 2012

    X

    Visual Studio TFS Express 2012

    X

    X

    Visual Studio TFS Server 2012

    X

    X

    Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2012

    X

    X

    Team Explorer Everywhere for TFS

     

    X

    X

    Windows 8

    X

    Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build

    X

    Windows 8 Enterprise

    X

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    Get FREE certification exam for 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

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    Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

    counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

    • MCSD: Web Applications
    • MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5


    Use code : HTMLJMP for a free exam credit, the exam will normally cost £99.


    After passing 70-480, you will be given a certification for Microsoft Specialist and this is one of the three exams which will ultimately certify you as MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer).

    MCSD is one tier above MCSA (Associate) and is a respectable title in the field of web development.

    Exam registration: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-480
    Link for free online training: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/developing-html5-apps-jump-start?o=1943
    Link to MCSD page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcsd.aspx

    This offer is available for a limited time only until March 2013 and is open to IT Academy members also so all students undertaking a course can sit a free exam at  any prometric testing centre.

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    Develop iOS apps in C# with Visual Studio

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    One of the questions I have had this week, is from Mobile development course leaders, how they can teach, Windows Phone, iOS and Android in the same lab? 

    For the first time ever, you can write native iOS apps in Visual Studio using C#.

    So I know a number of academics love  Resharper, Team Foundation Server, and the entire Visual Studio ecosystem, so hopefully the following information will make your life is now complete.

    Another key aspect of mobile development is code portability simply put the Sharing code between iOS, Android and Windows and with the Xamarin iOS plug this has just got a whole lot easier.

    Xamarin iOS for Visual Studio allows iOS applications to be written and tested on Windows computers, with a networked Mac providing the build and deployment service.

    This article covers the steps to install and configure the Xamarin iOS tools on each computer, in order to build iOS applications using Visual Studio.

    Developing for iOS inside Visual Studio provides a number of benefits:

    • Creation of a single cross platform solution for iOS, Android and Windows applications.
    • Using Visual Studio tools (such as Resharper and Team Foundation Server) for all your cross-platform projects, including iOS source code.
    • Using the familiar (for existing Visual Studio developers) code editor, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

    Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio supports configurations where Visual Studio is running inside a Windows virtual machine on a Mac (eg. using Parallels or VMWare).

    Watch the following video for more information

     

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    Hyper-V: List of SLAT-Capable CPUs for Hosts

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    With the announcement that you can run Hyper-V on the Windows 8 client. I have had a lot of  questions regarding this? I did do a post back in August explaining the process of checking your PC estate for SLAT Support see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/08/31/if-your-thinking-of-installing-windows-8-are-your-labs-machine-capable.aspx

    A number of people have reported simple having problems running Hyper-V on  a Windows 8 client as it requires SLAT to run Hyper-V.

    Running Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 does *not* require SLAT but most institutions don't want to install a server OS as a desktop operating system.  SLAT is a feature of the CPU. It is called “Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)”, and has been called Extended Page Tables (EPT) by Intel and Nested Page Tables (NPT) by AMD.

    You can use Wikipedia to  look up Intel Nehalem and AMD NPT:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Nehalem

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD-V_Nested_Paging

    Processors that support SLAT

    • Intel processors whose names start with 'i', e.g. i3, i5, i7, i9. (There may be exceptions, but I'm not aware of any.)
    • Any Intel CPUs based on Nehalem, Westmere, or Sandybridge micro-architectures. (There may be exceptions, but I'm not aware of any.)

    For AMD machines you can look up the supported models at http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU120AMDRVICPUsHyperVWin8.aspx

    Tools for testing for SLAT

    Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich has also created a really nice utility coreinfo.exe  You can simply run coreinfo.ext and it will  detect EPT and NPT (SLAT) support on your CPU. 

    To test your machine, simply download coreinfo.exe from Microsoft Sysinternals http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722  and use the coreinfo -v switch to list the features. An asterisk * next to a feature indicates that it is supported. A minus sign - indicates no support for that feature.

    Note: Coreinfo must be executed on a system without a hypervisor running for accurate results and under a administrator account on Windows 8.


    For example here is a screenshot from my Lenovo X200 series tablet

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    “*” means the feature is present   

    “-“ means it is missing

    Alternatively, you can use Windows PowerShell to capture your specific CPU model this could be scripted to report the state of your entire PC labs or cluster estate the PowerShell command is gwmi win32_processor

     

    Powershell

     

    NOTE: Be sure to include the specific family/model/stepping since different processor revisions may have different feature sets.

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    Downloading Software from DreamSpark.com with Secure Download Manager

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    Secure Download Manager

    The Secure Download Manager (SDM) is Kivuto's proprietary software program for managing the secure download of files from DreamSpark.com and institutions DreamSpark ELMS Stores.

    When you download software with the new SDM for the first time, you will be prompted to download and install the SDM on to your computer.

    You will need to install the SDM on your computer only once; all subsequent downloads will automatically launch the SDM. The SDM provides for secure, effective and efficient file downloads, especially for files that are too large for some browsers to download.

    Note: The DreamSpark SDM is only available for Windows.

    OPERATING SYSTEMS SUPPORTED BY KIVUTO SDM    

     Windows XP    
     Windows Vista    
     Windows 7    
     Windows 8
        Windows 8.1
        Mac OSX running Windows via VM Image or BootCamp   
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    WEB BROWSERS SUPPORTED BY KIVUTO SDM
       
     IE 7, 8, 9, 10, 11    
     Firefox
     Chrome    

    How do I download and install the SDM?

    • To download and install the SDM, sign in to DreamSpark or  DreamSpark premium Institution WebStore using your Username and Password. 
    • Place the order for your software. When the order is completed, the Receipt page is displayed. 
    • On the Receipt page, click the Start Download button. The Secure Download Manager Installation window is displayed. 
    • Click the Download SDM button. The SDM starts downloading.

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    Where can I find the SDM on my computer? 

    • Once the SDM is successfully downloaded to and installed on your computer, in Windows, the Shortcut to Secure Download Manager.exe icon is displayed on your desktop.
    • For the Mac, the SDM is found in the Application Folder. If you choose to download additional software from the WebStore, you do not need to re-download or re-install the Secure Download Manager unless you have removed it from your system. If you have removed it from your system, the WebStore will prompt you to install it again when you initiate a new download.

    How do I download my software? 

    • Once you have downloaded and installed the SDM, download the .SDX file for your order and then launch that .SDX file. A new window will open. To begin downloading your software, click the Start button. Note: The SDM can only process one order at a time. Do not attempt to start a second instance as it will be ignored.

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    If you have any questions about the new Secure Download Manager contact Kivuto at DreamSpark@kivuto.com.    

    Further details on DreamSpark Secure Download Manager

    http://kivuto.com/dreamspark/SecureDownloadManagerReferenceGuide_en.pdf

    SDM FAQ's

    http://e5.onthehub.com/WebStore/Account/SdmDownloadFaq.aspx?ws=2cbc6a33-25f4-e011-8e6c-f04da23e67f6&secure=1

    Getting Started with a ELMS Store

    Getting Started Guide - http://kivuto.com/dreamspark/DreamSparkGettingStartedGuide_en.pdf

    Tutorial Videos for setting up ELMS - Training Videos

    DreamSpark for Institutions - Microsoft DreamSpark Program

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    Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut keys combinations

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    Last week I  attend a number of events, which involved discussions in relation to using Windows 8 with a Keyboard and mouse. I mentioned the fact that Microsoft had introduced a suite of keyboard shortcuts to help you manage its classic and metro interfaces.

    So here is the list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

    For more details on Windows 8 see.

    Developing Apps for Windows 8

    Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Building Windows 8 Blog

    Windows Store Blog

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    Developing a Windows 8 Application prototype

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    I have a had a number of questions last week, from some of the UK’s University Gaming Students and Academics re Windows 8.

    Over the past few weeks as part of my UK  tour with Aardvark Swift recruitment, I have been highlighting the opportunity of students building portfolio’s and publishing apps on Windows 8 Store to demonstrate their abilities to help them gain employment see the PowerPoint deck below.

     

    For more resources on Windows 8 development see http://www.ubelly.com/gaming

    If your interested in attending a free Windows 8 developer camp see http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/windows8

    Game/App prototyping

    One of the questions, I was asked last week was how can student use tools to develop prototypes and proof of concepts for academic activities, I wanted to share with you the following templates for PowerPoint. Using these templates, you can quickly put together a Windows 8 app layout and iterate on it. All elements in the set are based upon regular PowerPoint vector shapes, and are fully editable and customizable.

    As anyone who has seen one of my presentations, PowerPoint is a really great rapid prototyping tool its slide-by-slide approach allows you to present a flow and tell a story with your designs. You can even create basic clickable prototypes by adding hyperlinks between slides. Furthermore, PowerPoint is available on almost every computer, including the new Windows Surface devices that run Windows RT, and is fairly simple to get started with.

    Download the Templates For Free!

    The wireframing set is available as a .pptx file (for PowerPoint 2007 or newer) that you can download using the link below:

    It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  You can therefore use it any way you want, private or commercial, just as long as you distribute the resulting work under the same license and give proper credit to the original creators:

    What’s Included?

    Example grid page
    Example grid page displaying item previews arranged in groups.

    Example page displaying details
    Example page displaying details for a single group with previews for each item in the group.

    Example page displaying
    Example page displaying one item in detail.

    Example page displaying a list
    Example page displaying a list of items and the details for the selected item.

    Example of a Metro app
    Example of a Metro app in snapped view state.

    Example of an app
    Example of an app in fill view state.

    Collection of common UI controls
    Collection of common UI controls (part 1): button, text box, list box, check box, radio button, toggle switch, etc.

    Collection of common UI controls
    Collection of common UI controls (part 2): search box, date/time picker, slider, progress bar, scrollbar, etc.

    Grid view
    Grid view (with groups).

    List view
    List view and charms bar.

    App header
    App header, app bar, and toast.

    Message dialog
    Message dialog.

    Text styles
    Text styles.

    240 app icons
    240 app icons (part 1).

    240 app icons
    240 app icons (part 2).

    Touch gestures
    Touch gestures.

    What about using tools such as PowerMockup

    While you can build great prototypes with FREE tools and PowerPoint, you may find yourself wanting the templates to be in a format that is easier to search through.

    In this case, I can highly recommend taking a look at PowerMockup, an add-on for PowerPoint.

    PowerMockup provides a searchable library of wireframe elements that can easily be dragged and dropped onto a slide. Best of all, the tool allows you to add your own creations to the library and share them with others.

    Andreas Wulf, www.powermockup.com has created these FREE additions

    After downloading the files, switch to the “PowerMockup” tab in the PowerPoint Ribbon bar, click on “Import Files”, and select the downloaded .pmst files. Here is a screenshot of how it will look like after you have imported the templates:

    PowerMockup

    All elements, including the icons, are properly named and tagged, making them easily searchable.

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    I hope you enjoy the set!

    Source: http://designmodo.com/windows-8-wireframe/#ixzz2DGKTR0dv

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