In this tutorial we are going to see how to use the Windows Phone 8 Emulator effectively to capture the screen shots of the application which we develop in order to use the images while uploading the application to the Windows Phone Market place. While uploading the application we need to follow certain steps that are to be considered in order to avoid the rework while uploading the package to the Market place. With the Windows Phone emulator we have an inbuilt option to take or capture the screen shots while testing the application real time. Once the application is tested successfully we can utilize the Emulator option to capture the screen shots in the desired dimension that is required for uploading to the Market place.
As mentioned uploading the application to the Market place have some certification procedure in place which should follow some of the procedures as. The image should be 480X800 Pixels and should not contain the Windows Phone Chrome (basically the Skin of the Emulator). The image should explain the windows phone application directly to the end user, no additional editing need to be done. The image should be in .PNG format and should not be in transparent mode. Also we need to make sure that Emulator is set to 100% zoom while taking the screen shot.
Let us use the same application which we developed in our earlier tutorial and see how we can capture the image using the Windows Phone Emulator which is installed while installing the package to the local development environment. Open Visual Studio 2012 IDE and open the application from the location saved as shown in the screen below.
Now build and execute the application by selecting the Emulator WVGA 512 MB option from the top menu in the Visual Studio 2012 IDE. We can see the application is opened in the Windows Phone 8 Emulator as shown in the screen below.
Now to capture the image, click on the >> to extend the emulator options and we can see the option to capture the image as per the Microsoft Standards. Before that first we need to check if the emulator zoom is set to 100%. Extending the properties of the emulator we can see the screen shot option as shown in the screen below.
Note that the application screen shot should not contain the Windows Phone emulator chrome, if it's taken by mistake then the certification will be failed and the publishing will be stopped.
So in this tutorial we have seen how to capture the image of the Windows Phone application as per the certification procedure requirement using the Windows Phone Emulator.