Lab Rat is a comic that tells the story between the amazingly great games from Valve, Portal & Portal 2. Valve created this comic to tell how they connect. I love Portal & the comics so much I just had to have a fantastic way to share and show off those comics no matter where I go - so I created this simple app.
The application includes the English, Russian & text free versions of the comics in amazingly high resolution and the full screen experience & touch capabilities really show off the Microsoft Design Style.
For Developers: This is a really simple application, load the images that ship as content in the application and display with a flipview (full screen) or listview (snapped). The application is built using XAML & C# and implements MVVM using the AtomicMVVM framework.
The really tough bits involved were not the code but getting all the content right, some notes on that:
- Resizing the images. The originals are massive, far bigger than the biggest resolution supported by Windows 8. So using Irfanview batch feature I resized them smaller
- The Russian language only comes in PDF, so I needed to extract them which meant learning a new tool: Portable PDF-XChange Viewer
- The Russian language version in the application also meant that I named folders RU, EN etc... but this was picked up as localised resources and gave me some headaches when publishing.