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Dev Center Benefits, Unity promotion, paying your "taxes"
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Dev Center Benefits, Unity promotion, paying your "taxes"


Hi all -

Thanks for signing up for this list!  I'm going to keep the format similar to the emails I was sending out: news, useful developer articles, DVLUP challenges/quizzes, and events in the US Central region.  Hopefully they'll be more or less monthly.
 

Rewards

  • Microsoft just launched their Dev Center Benefits program - you show them your best app (on Windows, iOS, or Android!) and they'll decide what level of rewards you get.  Even the basic level comes with a $25 Windows Store gift card, so it's well worth signing up.
  • Unity is running a promotion where you can submit your app for a bunch of cool rewards, including a Windows 8.1 Pro license and a Unity Asset Store voucher.  If they think your app is good enough, it can even get priority placement in the Store and you can get a Microsoft Store voucher, among lots of other cool rewards.  But be sure to check out the details - you must be using Unity 4.5.3 and they expect your app to be monetized somehow.  (thanks Christopher!)

DVLUP Challenges

Articles/News

  • I wrote an article about paying your "taxes" for Windows/Windows Phone by supporting OS features you aren't necessarily using.  It doubles as a good checklist of things to test/address before releasing your app - I used it for my latest app and it worked great :-)
  • It sounds like Microsoft is getting serious about misleading apps in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.  They just cracked down on a bunch of them and set stricter policies which should be good for users.  (to see the difference, just try searching for "Facebook" in the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store!)
  • I found out about a useful app for developers - Vector (for Windows) will import an SVG and export images in a bunch of different sizes.  It looks very handy!

Events

App of the Month


I'd like to continue promoting an app of the month (written by someone who's on the list), but I don't have access to the data that used to. So - it's up to y'all to suggest one!  Don't be afraid to self-promote!  Just email me at greg@gregstoll.com with info about your app and I'll take a look.
 

Final words


Since I'm no longer an Ambassador, I could use y'all's help in gathering this content.  If there's an event in your area, or you see an article you think others would find useful, just drop me a line at greg@gregstoll.com and I'd be happy to spread the good word.

And last but definitely not least - thanks again for signing up for the list!  There are already significantly more people who signed up than I expected, and that means a lot to me.  If you have any feedback about these emails, just let me know.

Happy developing!

-Greg
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