Windows Phone

Working with .png Images

In my previous post I discovered a limitation with using the Share… extension point in the Photos app. The good news is that from within your own app you can open .png files. For this you can use the PhotoChooserTask which has been available since Windows Phone 7. This presents the user with essentially the same UI as the Photos app and you can browse the Screeshots folder and select those .png files. The Completed event returns you a PhotoResult containing the raw stream and the filename which you can use to open the file. Because .png access is available this way it seems an odd decision that it is not supported from the Photos app itself. The moral of the story – provide multiple methods for your user to select files…

By Peter Foot

Microsoft Windows Development MVP