Archive for the ‘Windows 7 Mobile’ Category

Embedding OTF Fonts in Windows Phone 8

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Now I don’t think there is a difference between between TTF and OTF fonts when it comes to Windows Dev. I do how ever think that the way the fonts them selves are set up, are different.

A lot of people as well as my self have had trouble with embedding OTF fonts. The problem ended up being the name of the font inside the font file. The Windows OS font does not show you all of the variations on the name.

How to embed a font you are having trouble with:



MyFontFileNameExtraBold.otf needs to have 2 properties set the “Build Action” which should be resource for WinPhone 8 and the “Copy to Output Directory” which should be Copy if newer. See image bellow.


The font name problem

As you can see in the above FontFamily prams for custom fonts its made up of the path to the font followed by a hash then the font name. Now for some reason it is not the font name that creates the problem. first you need a font viewer that  shows all the names.

I use:

Open up your font in this program. You will see lots of info for the font. In my case I needed to use the “Preferred Family” name to replace the “My Font Name” in the path above. but if that does not work for you try one of the others. See image bellow:


Windows 7 Mobile SDK

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Mix is upon us ons again. Microsoft has finally released the Windows 7 Mobile SDK which can be found here. There is a supporting site with information here about the new platform and some examples.

Win7 Mobile is not built on previous windows mobile platform but a clean concept. The development tools are new to mobile too. It utilises  Silverlight and XNA for application and games development. So it will start with a pretty big developer base.

I was hoping to get a peak at the new Windows Mobile OS from the emulator but all I found was the  browser. The UI and other things are there. The ability to compile and tests apps so early is also very nice put none of the rumoured integration with core apps features seem to be available yet.  You do on the other hand get to see what the feel of there user journey is like and how the menus and navs will work.

All and all worth a look.


Here is some new Blend 4 + Windows 7 Mobile plugin in for Blend


Here is some nice tutorials.