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Resolution and Store Apps

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  • Hi, I want to ask why the VS's designer for Metro only works with a resolution uup to 1024x768.
    I mean, I have a netbook with Windows 8 Pro and I want to develop Store Apps. So I changed the resolution with a trick (changing a key in the Registry) and the result was very awful: the screen was compressed into the display. It's impossible to program in this condition.
    So I turned back to 1024x600 again and I noticed that the VS's Designer for Store App continued his work: I could place buttons, views, change from tab to tab and many other things.
    So, it's really really necessary that resolution for develop Store Apps? I can run them into a simulator, but why I cannot use the designer? I proved and tested that it could work with that resolution. I want only an explanation.

    Thank you in advance!

     

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:49 PM

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  • Hi 3rr3,

               The designer is visual studio is hosted in a sandbox process that is very similar to an actual Windows 8 app. We pretty much run most of the user code in the application in the designer. We have to abide by Windows restrictions in terms of resolution while rendering the design surface content from the designer process. Hence we only support the range of resolutions supported by the underlying platform.

    Regards

    Harikrishna Menon

    Program Manager - XAML Tools


    Dev@Mic

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:20 PM
  • Hi 3rr3,

    By "So I changed the resolution with a trick (changing a key in the Registry) and the result was very awful: the screen was compressed into the display.", it sound like an unsupported behavior? We recommend against unsupported behavior because it might cause unexpected problems.

    If I misunderstand you, please feel free to let me know.

    Also, we would be interested in knowing why you would want to do that, so we might be able to let you know if there is a supported way to accomplish what you want, or file a feature request if there isn't.

    Best regards,


    Min Zhu
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:36 AM
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  • Hello 3rr3,

    I moved this thread to Tools for Windows Store apps forum for better response.

    Best regards,


    Amanda Zhu [MSFT]
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:13 AM
  • Hi 3rr3,

    By "So I changed the resolution with a trick (changing a key in the Registry) and the result was very awful: the screen was compressed into the display.", it sound like an unsupported behavior? We recommend against unsupported behavior because it might cause unexpected problems.

    If I misunderstand you, please feel free to let me know.

    Also, we would be interested in knowing why you would want to do that, so we might be able to let you know if there is a supported way to accomplish what you want, or file a feature request if there isn't.

    Best regards,


    Min Zhu
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:36 AM
    Moderator
  • HI Min Zhu, thank you for the reply!
    I'm sorry but my question was misundertood... That trick I used was for develop Store Apps with my Netbook. What I want to know was why the VS designer could not work with my resolution. I mean, I tested that it could work. I opened VS (with 1024x768), opened the designer and then turn back to 1024x600. The designer still works. So I wonder why it could not work in 1024x600 without change it to 1024x768 and then turn back. It's a very odd thing...
    Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:42 AM
  • Hi 3rr3,

    Thanks for the update. I will check this and post back if I have any information.

    Best regards,


    Min Zhu
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.

    Friday, February 1, 2013 9:30 AM
    Moderator
  • By the way, could you please post a screenshot so that we can see the issue more clearly? Thank you!

    Min Zhu
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.

    Friday, February 1, 2013 9:32 AM
    Moderator
  • This is a Screenshot of my netbook. It's resolution is 1024 x 600 :)

    I could create buttons, change the background, write down some code... I could use VS 2012 Express for Windows 8 like a normal IDE.

    • Edited by 3rr3 Saturday, February 2, 2013 11:41 AM
    Friday, February 1, 2013 1:11 PM
  • Hi 3rr3,

    I get confirmed from the expert in this area that this scenario is not supported nor tested.

    Thanks again for your feedback!

    Best regards,


    Min Zhu
    MSDN Community Support | Feedback to us
    Develop and promote your apps in Windows Store
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.


    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:29 AM
    Moderator
  • So I cannot develop Store Apps with my Netbook... oh... In this case I cannot develop in any case. I cannot understand this "strategy". I can understand why Store Apps have a resolution up to 1024x768, but I cannot understand why the designer has this great limitation too. Could you give me some more information? Why this happens? I'm glad to see that someone (finally) replied my question. But could you give me more infos?

    • Edited by 3rr3 Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:46 PM
    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:42 PM
  • Hi 3rr3,

               The designer is visual studio is hosted in a sandbox process that is very similar to an actual Windows 8 app. We pretty much run most of the user code in the application in the designer. We have to abide by Windows restrictions in terms of resolution while rendering the design surface content from the designer process. Hence we only support the range of resolutions supported by the underlying platform.

    Regards

    Harikrishna Menon

    Program Manager - XAML Tools


    Dev@Mic

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:20 PM
  • Thank you for the reply :) finally I understood what happens :) thank you :) in any case I found that VS for 8 could be used changing the resolution to 1024x600 and it works very well: I can develop like I were developing on 1024x768 :)
    So Store Apps could be launched in 1026x600 :) I'm a bit confused about it...

    Thank you!


    • Edited by 3rr3 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:17 PM
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:15 PM