Vantage Point Apps

Just a quick post to clarify the various Vantage Point Apps that are available or currently under development:

1. Vantage Point for Windows 8.1 (available here)
2. Vantage Point for Windows Phone (release planned in March 2013
3. Vantage Point (Capture) for Windows Phone* (
under development)
4. History Explorer for Windows Phone (
uses some images from the Vantage Point database)

* In general I have found the Windows Phone form factor (such as my own  Lumia 920) is too small to make this app really useful  though I hope to be able to revisit this project at some point in the future.

Vantage Point (London) for Windows Phone


The initial version of Vantage Point covers the London area.  The ‘phone form factor’ lends itself to a different default interface which automatically fades between the two images (this is also one of the options available in the main Vantage Point App once a location has been purchased).


Tower Bridge (shown mid fade between the construction and present day images)

NB This app will be available in March 2013 and should it prove popular will be expanded to include all the Vantage Point images that are available in the full Windows 8 version)

Vantage Point (Windows 8) Download Link

History Explorer for Windows Phone

History Explorer  shows the location of a collection of historical images of Gloucester and Cheltenham, many dating back over 100 years.


It takes it’s images from the same data pool as it’s popular bigger brother ‘Vantage Point’ for Windows 8 (and may well morph into something akin to it for Windows Phone if given enough time!)

Essentially the app was built as an exercise in using the new Microsoft/Nokia mapping technology that is in the latest platform update.  It also seemed appropriate given that most of the  older photographs date back around 100 years or so to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the Great War.

The App is free and can be downloaded here

Please post a favourable review if you enjoy it!

Live Tile Sport – Editors Choice Award

Very please to find that one of my apps achieved an editors choice award this month:

Thank you!


Best Windows 8 Apps

Live Tile Sport

Get live news from your chosen sport in your Windows 8 UI!

Note this App covers a selection of popular British sports (so no Hockey, Baseball or American Football!) Features:

  • Multiple Sports Categories with associated Live Tiles
  • Choice of Live tile Layout and Content
  • Ability to remove Advertising / Purchase a full licence.
  • Control over text ayout and font sizes


Live Tile Sport

Live Tile Sport


Category: Sports

Size: 0.3 MB

Age rating: 12+

Publisher: Web Surfaces

Supported processors: x86, x64, ARM

Website: Live Tile Sport website

Editor rating: 9.5 Stars (9.5 / 10)




Fast App turnaround for Windows Store App!

Yesterday morning I submitted version 4 of ‘Vantage Point’ to Microsoft, last night it was in the store!!

Here are the milestones:


  1. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:00:45 – Submitted to store
  2. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:48:06  – App passes certification
  3. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:04:40 – App is in the store!


Congratulations to all concerned at Microsoft!


And yes, Vantage Point is a unique and interesting App available for free download here.