Toddler ABCs Windows Phone app open-sourced ! Happy Women’s Day !

Hail women power!

Microsoft Bangalore and YourStory.in took the lead and organized a 1 day women’s workshop on creating Windows Phone Apps in February. It was a good event!

We at PixelMat are now happy to give back to the community – On the occasion of Women’s Day, we are open-sourcing 1 of our 3 Windows Phone apps, “Toddler ABCs“. Everything including the source code, art, sounds.

Download Link for the project – 2 MB size.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Good knowledge of programming environments, should have worked with Microsoft Visual Studio.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, pre-installed on your Windows PC / laptop. You can get it for free here.
  • Microsoft® Silverlight® Toolkit, should be installed. You can get it for free here.
  • Also recommended: Microsoft® Silverlight® 5 Tools for Visual Studio® 2010 SP1. You can get it for free here. You may need to install Visual Web Developer Express 2010.

Instructions:

  • Download and Extract the archive contents in a new folder directly under C:\. Locate in the sub-folders and then double-click the “Toddler ABCs.sln” file, let Visual Studio get invoked and check the project references and ensure that all needed references are resolved correctly.
  • Simply run the app! (F5)
Toddler ABCs
Toddler ABCs

Why are we doing this ? Gals (and perhaps the guys as well) can easily learn how to create a Silverlight app for Windows Phone that uses images, sounds, touch responses etc. Its a bright and colorful multi-media app that teaches the English alphabet and comes with touch activated sound effects, page swiping/flicking. Ideal for someone who is beginning work on the Windows Phone and needs a simple, real-world project to kick-start their efforts. Its a good “starter-app” template for creating multi-page apps.

The free app itself has significant downloads on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

We would really like to see remixes of the app – maybe someone will create apps in our native languages – a Kannada or Hindi alphabet app. Or replace the sound files with their own voice recordings to create a personalized alphabet tutorial. Or maybe swap out the artwork with their own creation.

Go ahead, let your imagination run wild and create apps that unleash your creativity! Images are sourced from OpenClipart and sounds from the FreeSound Project, so you do not have to worry about copyright related fine print. It’s all good. The existing sound files need attribution, which is taken care of in the last app page.

Of course, you can use this to make free or paid apps. A small email thanking us would be nice 🙂

And … watch this space. PixelMat is working on a rapid app creation tool. That will make pure native app creation even more fun!

This post first appeared on YourStory.in here.