Nokia Imaging and Big UI Wiki Competition 2013 Q4 Winner

By BuildNokia

January 8, 2014   Comments

The winners of the Nokia Imaging and Big UI Wiki Competition 2013Q4 are super-stars of the Nokia Developer Community. This is the sixth article in a short series about our winners and their entries.

Tomáš Slavíček won for his article UI Framework for XNA and MonoGame with high DPI support. This article shows how to optimize an app or game, written in XNA or MonoGame, that can be run on high-resolution phones. It presents a user interface framework that automatically chooses the correct size, position and resolution for an uploaded or drawn image. This article was selected as a winner because it presents an easy way for developers to take advantage of the higher resolution of the Nokia 1520.

Tomáš was also a winner in the Nokia Imaging Wiki Competition 2013Q3 for his article Real-time camera effects on Windows Phone 7 and 8. This article explains how to write an app in C# that performs efficiently on both low-end and high-end devices.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself

I am an independent C# developer, interested in mobile platforms and game development. I’m currently studying the last year of computer graphics and interaction at Czech Technical University in Prague. I am an author of a series of articles about XNA and Windows Phone development (written mostly in Czech language).

I have helped to build a great Windows Phone community here; I used to organize lots of lectures and hands-on-labs for our developers. I was awarded twice as a Microsoft MVP, in the XNA and Visual C# category.

Q. What have you been working on since we last talked to you?

I have been working on some external projects - for example a 3D visualization of a shopping mall (Windows 8 app), and some simple 2D games.

I helped organize, and presented at, the MS Fest conference. It was held in three cities and it was the biggest IT event for developers in the Czech republic this year! I had five talks there altogether, about MonoGame game development, and about Photo APIs for Windows Phone. I talked about the PhotoCaptureDevice object and the Nokia SDK, how to integrate photo apps into the phone (Lens app etc.) and also about all the cool photo SDK’s - like the GART or SLARToolkit.

In the last couple of months I have been studying user experience a lot: interaction, visual design, and HCI. As part of my Master’s thesis, I started working on a prototype of a new mobile touch user interface for seniors and elderly people. This prototype won second place in the Czech eClub competition.

Q. What’s next?

I am really looking forward to finishing a new version of my app Handwrite Notes (for Windows Phone). This app was built on the old XNA and currently does not work well on some WP8 devices. I want to optimize it for bigger displays (like a Lumia 1520). I hope to finish this new version of Handwrite Notes in the next 1 or 2 months.