Local image file use for Windows 8 apps explained

Windows 8 will give Metro app creators new ways to present images in their menus and designs. That includes accessing and using local image files found on a Windows 8-based PC or tablet. In a new post from Microsoft, the company offers some hints to app developers on how to present these local image files with their Windows 8 apps.

The app developer post uses the example of a Windows 8 photo journal app to show developers how they can access both photos and videos from a user's PC and organize them in a timeline. Microsoft goes into great detail on how app programmers can use the Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) language to narrow down the search for image and video files for the photo journal app.

Once the image files are found, Windows 8 app developers can also decide how they should show the images in thumbnail from inside the app. Finally, app creators have to decide how the design of the app should display those images. The blog post states:

PhotoJournal is all about photos, so it follows key guidelines informed by the metro principles: putting content first, minimizing distractions, and providing a fast and fluid experience.

The developer can also add code for pivot data or using semantic zoom to offer users even more ways to view images and data from their PC.

Source: Windows 8 app developer blog | Image via Microsoft

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That apps isn't available to anyone at the moment, if ever.

However, an app that makes use of the above coding is Daily Wallpaper. It takes images from Bing front page images, Trending Images from the internet, your Skydrive, and Pictures Library on your computer.

Here is another app that isn't available for me in the store. I'm starting to feel much better about the quality of apps coming out.