By Ian G. Clifton
Build Android Apps which are Stunningly appealing, practical, and Intuitive
In today’s crowded Android market, it’s extra vital than ever to tell apart your apps. nice layout is how you can do this. Now, prime Android app layout specialist Ian G. Clifton exhibits you the way to make your apps come alive and the way to carry apps that clients will wish, love, and buy!
Reflecting the Android 4.2 SDK, this booklet serves either as an educational for the whole layout and implementation procedure and as a convenient reference you’ll depend on for each Android improvement undertaking.
Clifton indicates easy methods to create potent designs, get them organized into Android parts, and flow gracefully from proposal, to wireframe, to comp, to comprehensive app. You’ll find out how to convey your individual voice, character, and magnificence for your app designs; find out how to leverage complex drawing strategies equivalent to PorterDuff compositing; easy methods to try designs on varied Android units; and masses more.
Android person Interface layout details every one step of the layout and improvement procedure and includes wide downloadable pattern code, together with entire comprehensive apps.
- Learn how Android has developed to aid extraordinary app design
- Integrate app layout with improvement, from thought via deployment
- Understand perspectives, the construction blocks of Android consumer interfaces
- Make the main of wireframes and prototypes
- Build effective layouts and combine delicate animations
- Make apps extra priceless via immediately updating ListViews
- Combine perspectives into customized parts
- Use photo compositing and different complicated techniques
- Work with the canvas and complex drawing
- Leverage Google Play and Amazon Appstore assets
One step at a time, this advisor is helping you bridge the distance among Android builders and architects so that you can paintings with colleagues to create world-class app designs...or do it your self!
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When the user presses a 舠delete舡 button, in 99% of cases, the user meant to press that button. 舡, assume the user meant to, but make it easy to undo the action. Don舗t make features difficult to access in order to keep the user from making a mistake. Make features easy to use, including Undo, to encourage the user to explore your app. An app that does this extremely well is Gmail. When you delete an email, you have the option to undo it. The app doesn舗t ask you whether you meant to delete it because that gets in the way of a good user experience.