Developing a magazine reader application on Windows 8 platform

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Fekete Krisztián
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

The newest generation of Microsoft’s leading operating system, Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era for the company, because with this product they will enter to the growing but yet very plastic market of tablet PCs. The idea of a lightweight, slim notebook-size device is just as old as the computer itself, however we had to wait for the product until now. The pioneering and the mass production of touchscreen technology and the smaller and more energy efficient parts enabled the production of tablets. The difference of construction and operation between conventional desktop computers and tablets require another type of user interface and software ergonomics.

The popularity of tablet PCs are growing, so the market needs a huge amount of qualitative and useful applications similarly to smartphones. I have chosen one of the most important sotware, a magazine reader application as the topic of my thesis, because the tablet as a device first apperared as a concept of an electronic newspaper.

The project has four different parts, including an editor desktop software for creating articles, a layout engine, a server that stores all the data and downloadable contents and different METRO style reder applications for every magazine. Many-many articles will be browsed, downloaded and read using these reader applications, where the METRO design principles has to be observed and fast and fluid operation is crucial. The first magazine, called myHistoryDigest has been completed and now can be downloaded from the Windows Store.


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