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One of the biggest discussions I started getting into when Windows Phone development was announced to the world was sparked with this single question I posed to our internal Windows Phone developer teams:

What is the use case for when you would want to use a Pano versus Pivot application layout?

I asked this in the context of an application for Yelp that I was writing.  Information was similar but not identical.  It was only similar in the sense that the data was all about user reviews and venues.  In my eyes I saw this like the fact that games are similar in that they are games, but their individual information (the play) is different.

I guess I was expecting a definitive or clear view on when to use either given my use case I presented.  I laughed as I collected numerous various viewpoints from all areas of the dev platform folks.  It was clear there was no clarity for me.  I actually have saved the most concise definition the discussion generated and had been wanting to blog about it for a while.

Today, Jaime released a bunch of videos from a ‘design days’ event that was held in Redmond for Windows Phone developers.  They are all great, but there was one that caught my eye: Windows Phone Design Days – Pivot and Pano.  In this video a few UX researchers walk through some of the key tenets of each control.  Here’s some of my mental notes:

Pivot

  • Application view manager
  • Filter same data on different views (the “inbox” is a great example of this)
  • Optimized for current screen size
  • Filter of data doesn’t have to be same view (agenda/day)
  • Related content is ok to pivot on as long as related content is truly related
  • Focused

Panorama

  • Horizontal broad canvas, not confined to current screen size
  • A ‘top layer’ view into underlying experiences/tasks
  • Exploratory in nature
  • Don’t use if you need an application bar
  • Don’t have a pano that takes the user to a pivot control constantly
  • Leverage things inherently interesting (use ‘about me’ type information)
  • Never place a pano *in* a pivot

There was some good information in this video (like don’t use pivot/pano for wizard-based UI) and one of the better descriptions/examples of answering my root question.  The other videos are great and I encourage you to take a look at them.

I’d encourage you to take a look at all of these videos to get a good sense on some of the user experience research done for Windows Phone developers and how you can learn to target a great experience in your app/game.


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8/13/2010 11:47 PM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
I think bunch of reviewer already notice issue on the design,

like text get cut on portrait orientation during panorama....

just like text Microsoft office power point which too long...

8/15/2010 3:01 PM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
Andrew - that's actually an intention of the designs...the 'cut off' areas give the user some hinting that there is more to the experience they should explore.
1/7/2011 5:00 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
The development story for Windows Phone 7 (Silverlight and XNA) was announced at MIX10 in Las Vegas in March. This 5 1/2 hour event provides you with an opportunity to learn from trainers that were there. The event will cover what you need to know to be successful in developing Windows Phone 7 applications. It will cover APIs, workflow, the Metro design, back-end (Azure) cloud services and the new marketplace that will enable developers to get paid. If you are planning on releasing an application around launch later this year then this event will put you on the inside track.
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1/26/2011 4:00 PM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
Hi timheuer! Can you tell me what is the difference (if any) between creating a Windows phone panorama application project and Windows phone application project and add in Windows phone Panorama page??
I tried creating a Windows phone panorama application project and I intended to have one button and one text block on one page (ie the button and text block disappear when user slides to another page) but I got the error message "the property 'Content' is set more then once". Can anyone explain what the error message means? Many thanks!!
7/6/2011 12:15 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
I think Panorama is the great new product for maxi users. mcsa , iphone
7/16/2011 6:03 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
I don’t suppose I have read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject.
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7/21/2011 12:12 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
As we develop more and more apps, and as the Windows Phone marketplace hit 10,000 apps, I noticed an increasingly annoying trend: Abuse of panoramic hubs.
Yes, I understand that our latest greatest app may be our first important app, but as a user, the app is only one of my many tools in my toolbox, not the center of the universe.And I understand that a lot of us want our app to be the hub above all other apps, however, let's face it - it's unlikely any third party hubs will be as important as Microsoft's hubs.While the 6 major hubs in Windows Phone 7 presents some sort of extensibility, a lot of 3rd party hubs don't really do much except the function it is confined to.Serrapeptase
7/21/2011 12:55 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
The author has written an excellent article. You made your point and not much to discuss. It's like this universal truth that you can not argue with the truth is not universal, everything has its exception. Thanks for this information.
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8/3/2011 5:21 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
The Silverlight Geek Jesse Liberty was guest in another silverlight.tv show. He explains a lot of Windows Phone programming stuff and
the video is absolutely worth a look.
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9/11/2011 6:44 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
I have watched all the videos and i would say that they all worth to spend time on them. But the reality is that, Google is going to rip all the market with their all new Android OS. Its much hard for Windows OS to get some shares in market. I think, developers also should think about it and move their platform. As our history proves that Google does not lose any game. But we can have still hope for Windows.

Thank you

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9/11/2011 7:11 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
A nice comparison of Panorama and Pivot in Silverlight. A recent trend in programming is more emphasis on Pivot instead of Panorama. Thanks Orchid Recovery
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9/19/2011 5:31 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
Its pretty amusing when new gadgets come out with such a basic design flaw. Suppose its going to happen from time to time with people getting to grips with new methods

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9/26/2011 8:39 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
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10/16/2011 7:41 AM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
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10/17/2011 11:04 PM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
I guess I was expecting a definitive or plain view on when to use either given my use case I presented. I laughed love I collected numerous various viewpoints from all areas of the dev platform folks.
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10/19/2011 10:12 PM | # re: Pano versus Pivot: Windows Phone Design Days content available
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