An Interview with KoodibooK for WP7 Developer Richard Godfrey

1)Have you developed Apps for any other platforms before? If Yes What are they?

On the mobile platforms we’ve also developed a native KoodibooK viewer for the iPhone but it’s not released to the app store yet. KoodibooK also has built-in support for epub and pdf output for iPad, iPhone and Android e-readers. We’ve also built WPF and Silverlight applications over the last three years for many companies.

2)Why did you choose WP7 as a platform of your choice?

We chose WP7 as a platform of choice as we’d already used many of the same technologies for the KoodibooK web site.  We feel that despite being later to market, WP7 has an incredible opportunity to grow marketshare particularly due to the developer-friendly technology platform. We also saw the opportunity to be discovered before a huge number of apps hit the WP7 marketplace.

3)Which one do you think as the single most feature you liked in WP7?

For us, the use of Silverlight was the key technology that enables a great user experience and fast development. In terms of phone features, the Metro UI gives easy navigation and a natural flow within the application.

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Absolutely! We found the development tools really easy to work with and found the whole experience very efficient, especially compared to other mobile environments. Of course, there could be improvements such as being able to configure the emulator to match device performance and improved profiling support.

5)What are the Apps you are developing now in WP7?Details on the Apps?

We’ve launched an initial application which allows KoodibooK users to view public books and also take their own photobooks with them on the go. Users can also view ratings, comments and buy professionally printed versions of their books right from their phone and we’re working on how we can continually improve the experience.

 

6)In what way Microsoft can improve their WP7 or What does WP7 lacks from?

Apart from the well-known missing bits like copy and paste, I think direct integration with the camera is a key feature especially for things like barcode support.

7)Future Plans of you?

It’s early days for KoodibooK having just launched this summer, however we’ve got huge plans as a whole as well as improving the experience on WP7. At the moment we use Silverlight for the whole phone experience, however we want to look at using XNA for 3D performance and are considering how we can integrate these two key WP7 technologies.

Apart from these questions, Other things you want to share with the community?

Thanks for the chance to share our WP7 experiences with you!  If you’d like to try KoodibooK’s unique self-publishing experience for yourselves, you can build your own books by downloading KoodibooK Studio to your PC from http://www.koodibook.com (by pressing the ‘Get Started’ orange button) and then publish online. We’ve got tutorials and forums if you want to learn more, and you can also follow us on our blog and twitter and get in touch directly via info@koodibook.com.

Thanks Richard Godfrey  for sharing with us. Recently when Apple announced its enhanced Photo Book creation  through iPhoto’11 ,I thought of alternatives to it in Windows platform. Koodibook is one of them. Inkubook is an another example.

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