Giving Consumers Color and Text Size Configuration Options

This new app sample was inspired by someone who posted a Forum Idea regarding PowerApp Themes. We really enjoy reading all the forum ideas, and I refer to those who post ideas as our enthusiastic “innovators”. This particular innovator came up with the idea that we should expose our “Themes” (see screen shot below) to the consumer of the app (aka the person running the app), and not only to the designer (or app maker). What an awesome idea! It really shows that they appreciate Empathic Design. Empathic Design is a process that one of my past managers (Karuana Gatimu) has instilled in me. It is a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user's feelings toward a product. As I thought about this further, I realized that this could also be even more relevant in mobile app design because factors around mobility can affect the way we format the screen; low light, screen glare, etc. depending on where the person is when they are running the app. It also could apply to accessibility, especially for people like me who always wants to make the font size bigger! So, will all those good reasons in mind, I decided to see if I could create my own configurable theme, using the features and formulas that are already in PowerApps today. I love what I ended up with, and I hope you will too! (Please let me know if you expand upon this idea for your own PowerApps in the comment area below.)

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New this week: Design Your Own Swag t-shirt contest!

We want to help you dress for success! Some of our product t-shirts in the past have reached legendary status -- everyone loves the "I've Got the Power BI" shirt! -- and now we want to have your snazzy or crazy t-shirt ideas reach new heights at the 2017 Data Insights Summit, held June 12 - 13 in Seattle, WA. That's why we're holding a Design Your Own Swag t-shirt competition this week in the PowerApps Community.

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Part 2 of Tabbed User Interface - Mobile Version

Last week Carlos gave us an excellent example of a tabbed format within a tablet format PowerApp. Check it out here:: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/design-tips-part-1-handling-tab-control-scenarios-in-powerapps-for-full-screen-formats/. This is another example of a tabbed format for mobile phones. The design is by Mehdi Slaoui Andaloussi who is ingenious when it comes to PowerApps patterns. I've enjoyed using this format as well because it's quick, easy to configure, and data driven.

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The Power of SharePoint

Do you have SharePoint Online and want to integrate it more fully with other Microsoft products? Have you heard of PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, or Power BI, but you’re not sure how to use them with SharePoint Online? You’ve come to the right place!

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PowerApps Community Blog Highlights

Have you visited the Power Apps Community blog lately? Along with rapidly growing forums, fun and informative events, and ways to leave feedback, the Community blog is a platform for you to share ideas with your peers, industry experts, and us here at Microsoft. Every month, we’ll post highlights from the Community blog so you can catch up on any you may have previously missed. Check out these great posts from February!

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SharePoint MVP Blog - Part 1: Handling Tab Control Scenarios in PowerApps for Full Screen Formats

Inspired by our SharePoint MVPs, PowerApps Engineering Manager Carlos Aguilar Mares offers this really practical design for PowerApp business form designers looking for a "Tabbed User Interface" to save space on a wide format application. I enjoyed learning from Carlos and documenting the steps he took to make this happen. Later this week I will post a Part 2 on this topic, which will demonstrate my own tabbed UI design option that would work best for mobile phones which have less space to work with.

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App Creation Tips: Best Practices in App Icon Design

Best Practices for PowerApp Icons Are you considering the design of your app icons when publishing new PowerApps in your organization? Based on industry standards, app icons can be more important than meets the eye! Let’s take a few moments this week and think about the importance of app icons.

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