Vector Tiles, App List icons, and App Bar icons
It would be nice to see Windows Phone move to optional vector based icons instead of static bitmaps.
This would allow the application bar (or appbar) to resize if say HD screens were added.
Ideally, users would only need 2 icons for the marketplace: 'Tile' (contains the application name), and 'List' (just the icon for the app list). Appbars could be created at 48x48 and resized as needed.
I know this is a pain on developers that are not designers or have designers, but an option would be nice time saver for the future. Currently I know of developers creating deep link tiles from XAML in their application, so the idea isn't too far off.
This came up while talking to other developers at a few talks/meetups (not because I created the largest vector based creative commons icon pack for Windows Phone that many of you use already).
Thanks for this suggestion! We totally understand that there’s a ton of icons at various sizes that you have to create when building a new app. In the future, we will look at how we can improve this experience (vector images would likely be the solution).
In the meantime, here’s two great resources that help generate all the various scale factor images…- Photoshop actions (for full control): http://blogs.msdn.com/b/madenwal/archive/2015/11/24/photoshop-templates-amp-actions-for-generating-image-assets-for-windows-10-uwp-applications.aspx - Visual Studio extension (fastest option): https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/09611e90-f3e8-44b7-9c83-18dba8275bb2?SRC=VSIDE
Andrew – Windows Notifications
Виктор Милованов commented
I do all my icons in XAML since that's what I am most familiar with, and then painfully waste time on converting them to images and properly linking them.
Please, provide SVG support for live tiles.
SVG is standard way for vector graphics.
Since I don't think we're going to be getting the vector assets soon. The Modern UI Icons site now contains a page to generate all your assets based on one vector logo. Hopefully until MS supports vector assets this tool can save you guys some development time.
Good idea. I completely agree on it.