Windows Phone: adding a first run tutorial to your app
Posted on 2014-02-05 21:33:00
Tags: windowsphone projects wpdev
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My Marriage Map app has gotten some bad reviews complaining about missing features that were actually present in the app. So, I decided to make a quick tutorial that would point out how to use the app the first time the user ran it. I did a quick search for some sample code but couldn't find any, so I rolled my own. (download the latest version of the app to try it out!) It features
None of these were particularly difficult, but adding them all took a bit of work. So I made a sample project with the same system to make it easier to add to your apps.
Some notes on the code:
_firstRunIndex keep track of whether we're showing the tutorial and what step it's on.
UpdateFirstRunCanvas() - this is where you have to add new steps. Don't forget to update
MAX_FIRSTRUNINDEX when you do!
HideWhenDone() method that gets run when the Storyboard is done takes care of making it collapsed.
SetFirstRunActive(). I was hoping that just putting the FirstRunCanvas with a high z-index would make it be on top of everything and intercept their clicks, but for some reason that didn't work.
/MainPage.xaml?RemoveBackAll=1&Tutorial=1, and OnNavigatedTo() in MainPage.xaml starts the tutorial. If you want to start it from the MainPage.xaml code, just do
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