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Default [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all programs.

This program is meant to create tiles to the windows 8 start screen.

I created this in vb.net using SharpDevelop, it works for all programs/folder/files and even websites.

The program will store the image files inside the folder "C:\Program Files\OblyTile" and create the Shortcut .LNK file inside the StartMenu folder.

If you want to delete a Tile, right click it on the startmenu and select "Remove From Start" on the left bottom side.

Old Versions:
OblyTile v0.5 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.7/0.7.1 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.2 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.6 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.8.8 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.1 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.5 (ChangeLog)
OblyTile v0.9.7 (ChangeLog)

Latest Version:
OblyTile v0.9.8

ChangeLog:
  • Added ability to pick a color from the tile preview. [Click the tile preview to pick the color]
  • Added support for accented letters in the tile name.
  • Added function to automatically retrieve the color of the selected Square Tile image. [You can select it in the Settings menu]
  • Added function to always use a custom background color for the new tiles. [You can select it in the Settings menu]
  • Added function to remember the last color chosen in the color picker. [You can select it in the Settings menu]
  • Added function to search in the listboxes. [Search items in the Tile, Shortcut, Quick and WinApp lists]
  • OblyTile will now ask if you want to remove the previous tile images when you change the square tile image of an already existing tile.
  • Enhanced the OblyTile "Remove" function. [You can find it in the Settings menu]
  • Possible fix for WinApps dissapearing after being launched.
  • Fixed blurry Tiny and Small tile.
  • Fixed bugged tile when using #FFFFFF as background tile color.
  • Fixed shortcuts not being shown for some programs in the Shortcut list.
  • Small changes to the UI. [Messageboxes, Buttons, Dpi, Transparency, Tab Index]
  • Changed SkyDrive to OneDrive in the WinApp list.
Note Issues:
  • Make a backup of your tiles before upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, you might lose your custom tiles during the process of upgrade. (Thanks to LLJKRevol)
  • Tiles which contain accented letters in the tile name can be edited only by OblyTile v0.9.8 and above.
  • In order to launch the Immersive mode of your web browser by using a tile made with OblyTile, be sure to close the desktop version of it.
  • If the tiles are not showed properly (a normal icon is showed) open OblyTile and press the second button on top of OblyTile. (Rebuild cache)
  • If the tiles are visible only on the "App" side of the start screen (Windows 8.1) open OblyTile and press the second button on top of OblyTile. (Rebuild cache)
  • If "Rebuild cache" does not work, try >> this <<
  • In case of errors about Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.ValidateKeyName or similar, try >> this <<
  • If the tiles will not react when you click it (the program or file will not be opened) follow those steps VBScript - Fix
Tested on:
Windows 8.1 Professional Build 9600 - 32/64 Bit
Windows 8 Professional Build 9200 - 32/64 Bit
Windows 8 Enterprise Build 9200 - 32/64 Bit
Microsoft Surface RT 32GB /w Jailbreak (Thanks to netham45)

Use this program at your own risk.

Download from:

Dropbox:
OblyTile v0.9.8.exe [MD5]

Firedrive:
OblyTile v0.9.8.exe [MD5]

OneDrive:
OblyTile v0.9.8.exe [MD5]

Mega:
OblyTile v0.9.8.exe [MD5]


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Good work. When I go on Windows 8 I will try this program
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As I said in my topic, I think I love you :P It just works! Fantastic!

BTW, is there any way to display the application name in the tile?

(O.T. : fun fact, the three of us who actually posted in this topic are actually italian :P)
 
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I'm glad you like the app

About the application name on the main tile, for the moment the only way is to add it directly on the image (png), ill try to fix this problem on a new version.
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Argony-OT i love you too!!!!
i searh a progam like this since the beginning of Windows 8!!
 
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Hi, I've posted some screenshot of the evolution of my start page using OblyTile HERE, feel free to have a look if you'd like

Also, I've done a model for GIMP for creating tiles (including the right dimension of the image and the correct font and size of it) and a ZIP archives with the tiles i've created.

Some of them comes from a FANTASTIC metro UI tiles set that Devianart user ~dAKirby309 created. You can find the whole set HERE, check it out! The other ones are made by images of the games and the applications I own, searching 'em on Google Images.

Hope this helps the community!
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Many thanks for the update, going to try it now.

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Red face OblyTile 0.7.1

Works fine now on Microsoft Partner full retail copy of Win 8 Pro 64 bit, many thanks for the quick response, I'm looking forward to your further development of this app, it's just what we need!
 
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Default Background Tile Color

The four current options that are available, how is that programmed? is it possible to have a see through option? so that we can have a .png with no background and it will use the color of the start menu to fill in the tile? or does that not work? Otherwise could you add the colors of the backgrounds of the Start screen? here are the hex colors on a nice site.

http://www.creepyed.com/2012/09/wind...lors-hex-code/
there is no grey on that site but it would be amazing if it was also included.

PS since there is so many how bout a nice drop down?
 
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I really like your program and the effort you poured into it! As this was the windows 8 feature I missed most I'm happily recommending your program to all people using Windows 8 I know. As for custom tile designs... I hope kind of a "repository" for tile designs gets started in this thread, too. I already started creating some tile designs (mostly for old games like Diablo 2, Civilization 3, etc.), although they're only using artworks and wallpapers. I'm going for Modern Style-Icons though =)
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