New Dashboard Item Styles - Upgrading old projects
With Andromo v5, we’ve gone from having 4 dashboard layout options (Classic, List, Button Grid and Gallery) to almost 50 of them!
The first thing you'll want to do is go check out our Blog Post - New Dashboard Styles in Andromo v5 - for screenshots of each and every variation. Go there now!
Take a look at all of the options you now have available to you. Then in your Andromo project, simply select the “Item Style” you would like to use on the Dashboard tab.
You’ll notice that there are 3 main categories of styles: Card, Grid and List.
Within each category, read the description to see what kind of images you will need to provide for each of your Activities: Either “wide image”, “square image” (note: this can even be your old Andromo v4 transparent PNG icon files you might be used to – but we’d really recommend that you upgrade your apps to using higher quality JPG photos), or we have provided 900+ Google Material Design “drawer icons” that you can use.
I love the old square icons from Andromo v4... How do I make my app use them?Well, the whole point of this new release is to make your apps look better. We've gone to great lengths to help you do that, following Google's Material Design Guidelines. They know what they are talking about... You can now use beautiful photographic images to represent your activities instead of very restrictive "icons".
However, no problem. We aim to please...
1. Set your Dashboard Item Style to "List: square image + title subtitle"
2. Then on your Activities, simply set the "Square image" to supply your old 'icon" graphics (PNG with alpha is supported).
Icons are so "yesterday". I want my app to look great!
If you're making a new app - don't bother with "icon" graphics. They're outdated and look like it. Instead, focus on using photos to represent your activities. Either as "Feature" images or "Wide" images, or as "Square" photos - not "icons". That means something very specific and "old".
Go with photos and your apps can look like this (Card: wide image + title subtitle description):