[APP] WizTiles -[R]- 21 DEC 2011 -[U]- 06 FEB 2012 -[V]- 1.2.0

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henreeg

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I'm sure you get a lot of emails, but I just sent you the one on how you are money... I love xda, I'm test driving WP7, I'm mostly an Android user.
I gotta say, your app is awesome.
Thank you so much!
 

Diim

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Great app!

I really like your last official theme, but I cannot find the download link.
Could you provide it ?
 

wiztile

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WizTiles Pro?

What's going to happen with the free version?

Hi Leapo, FREE version update is coming soon. It's been submitted for certification and should hopefully be in the Marketplace by Friday or Saturday night. Don't worry, we didn't take away features. We added more, and you will still be able to do everything you did as before, even in the FREE version. The reason we made a PRO version is that users were complaining that downloading themes was too cumbersome. We spent a huge amount of development time to add that feature, and we thought it was justifiable to charge people for that functionality and convenience. We want you guys to continue making themes, so if you were to download themes the old way, there is no limitation to the number of themes you can save into the phone.

Also, we are featuring some of the best themes that the community is contributing into the "featured" theme list. I apologize for not letting theme designers know that we are featuring their themes, but if you want us to take down your theme from that list, we will gladly take them down. Please let me know. Thanks!

Also, we want to promote your work. We have added a block to the theme list, that let designers promote their skills. Do as you want in the description, and add your website if it applies:

[Theme]
Name=Metro
Version=2.0
UpdatedOn=2012/01/01
Description=Metro theme
Author=Wiztiles
AuthorUrl=http://www.wiztiles.com
 
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wiztile

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From what i heard so far -

Free version - Only 1 saved theme at a time and must input the URL to download themes.

Pro version - unlimited saved themes and can download themes direct from a server and URL input

Clarification:

FREE or (TRIAL in PRO):
1 saved theme at a time if downloaded the easy way
UNLIMITED saved themes if downloaded the old way (from server)

PAID in PRO:
UNLIMITED saved themes if downloaded the easy way
UNLIMITED saved themes if downloaded the old way (from server)
 
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wiztile

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Great app!

I really like your last official theme, but I cannot find the download link.
Could you provide it ?

Which theme is that? If you are talking about Picto or Panorama Themes from the screenshots, I can't share those. They have copyrighted rights that doesn't allow me to redistribute them. When we can afford those rights, we will share with the community.
 

wiztile

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I'm sure you get a lot of emails, but I just sent you the one on how you are money... I love xda, I'm test driving WP7, I'm mostly an Android user.
I gotta say, your app is awesome.
Thank you so much!

Thanks, we are always happy to see Android users try out WP7, and hopefully we will be able to customize WP7 like Android to some extent.
 

ARQ-11

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I signed onto the forum to just say how fantastic this app is! I just got a lumia the other day and when I found this app it was a godsend!

Is it okay if I post any themes I make here?
 
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MRE-net

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Hi, due to limitations of the WP7 OS, we don't have direct access to most of the settings, phone hub, people hub, messaging hub, or email hub. If and when MS gives developers access, our app will support them.

Also, we don't have access to double-sized tiles or other Apps like calculator.

Not sure what you mean about different address to an existing tile.

Very very nice app. One of the best skin customization apps I've seen so far, probably the best there is.

It's too bad that MS doesn't let you allow to edit the basic hubs. It would be nice to completely remove the stock Hubs and replace them with the self created ones with this app.
 

wiztile

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Certification is taking longer than expected. In the meantime, I've uploaded the new versions of themes on the front page. You can get the latest of the following themes: Metro, Museum, and Metro Plus.
 

wiztile

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Very very nice app. One of the best skin customization apps I've seen so far, probably the best there is.

It's too bad that MS doesn't let you allow to edit the basic hubs. It would be nice to completely remove the stock Hubs and replace them with the self created ones with this app.

I've submitted a request for Developers to get access to the basic hubs. Please vote to help make Wiztiles a real launcher application. Thanks!

http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/1...ty-to-launch-stock-apps-with-live-tile-notifi
 

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    UPDATE: 26 MARCH 2013
    Wiztiles has made it to the Top 16 for the Windows Phone Next App Star Contest! There is no better way to make our statement heard, that Windows Phone users want to customize their home screens.
    I have tried my best to convince Microsoft that developers need access to launch First Party and Third Party applications, and access to live tile notifications. They have partly given us what we want, which is launch Third Party apps, but is still very limited. Please help me keep the pressure on, and get our voices heard by getting their attention. We are now in the spotlight for making it to the Top 16 of a contest that Microsoft is promoting. For every round we win, we will get noticed even more. Also, you just might win a Lumia 920!

    Please vote here: http://nas.newwp.it

    UPDATES TO WIZTILES:

    With the new APIs, different resolutions, and different tile sizes, we had to basically re-write the application from the ground up. I know we’re taking long, but I don’t want to release an update that will remove all the current features we are enjoying now. Aside from the current features already available, these are being added:
    1. Support for higher resolutions
    2. Support for all tile sizes
    3. Launching of some third-party apps allowing their apps to be launched (Facebook, Groupon, WhatsApp, Nokia Drive, etc.)
    4. Launching of more tasks (battery, music, etc.)
    5. Folders
    6. Custom background behind tiles
    7. Uploading your themes to share with others
    8. Downloading your themes to other phones you own
    9. Applying and cycling through different themes of already pinned tiles at timed intervals
    10. Custom lock screen wallpaper

    Let me know if you guys have any questions about these upcoming features, or any suggestions. Thanks!

    UPDATE: 21 MAY 2012
    Version 1.3 is now available!
    http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=f8f66960-acba-40b2-842b-1fbec2664739

    You are now able to cut up images into tiles, as well as use your phone's accent color easily as your tile's background color. Update to free version is also coming soon! If you can't wait for the free version, download the TRIAL of Wiztiles Pro. Here is a complete list of the new features:

    1. use accent color as background
    2. ability to create themes
    3. ability to edit themes
    4. ability to cut up images into 8,6,4,2 tiles
    5. pinch to zoom in/out for image cutter
    6. drag/drop to move image around in image cutter


    C'mon guys, we are 190,000+ strong! WP8 is right around the corner. If you want to launch all apps, hubs, and settings with live tile notifications, please vote! It only takes 2 clicks, and you don't even have to register! Let's make this happen for the next release of Windows Phone! Please vote below:


    http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/1...ty-to-launch-stock-apps-with-live-tile-notifi


    UPDATE: 21 FEB 2012
    I've been getting emails about people's themes not working when they upload to their Skydrive or Google Sites accounts. For some reason, both those services don't work with the Wiztiles application. One service that does work is Dropbox.com. I tried to doing this on the phone browser, but easier with desktop. So after you create an account, upload your zip file to the Public folder. When that file shows up, click on that file's row.. a little dropdown appears on the right. Choose "copy public link". There is also an option to "Shorten Link". Copy/paste the link to email to yourself, or just type it into Wiztiles application to download the theme. We will add the ability to upload the themes easily in Wiztiles Designer, but this is a nice temporary fix. Also, don't be shy! Share your awesome themes with the rest of the community, and post on this thread!

    UPDATE: 20 FEB 2012
    Hi everyone. I'm very excited to announce a little tool we created so anyone can now make themes. It's called Wiztiles Designer, and it's a little Silverlight app that will run on any Windows or Mac Web Browser that allows you to specify a background for both front and back tiles. The theme will automatically be packaged, and ready for download. This is Version 1.0, and more features will be added in future updates. After designing your theme, all you need to do is post the zip file somewhere to share, like this thread. I will add your creations to the front page for everyone to download. Go nuts!
    http://wiztiles.com/designer/

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    For anyone wondering, YES this feature will be available in the Wiztiles phone application as well. For now, we want anyone to make themes even if they don't own a WP7. Let me know if you guys have questions. Also feel free to email [email protected] for any bugs, suggestions, or if you want us to feature your awesome theme!

    UPDATE: 9 FEB 2012
    Some people are reporting that their pinned tiles no longer work after the update. As djntraining45 posted on the Wiztiles Marketplace review page, unpin from your home screen, and pin it back again from within Wiztiles. The tiles should work again as expected. Sorry about that bug, there was no way for us to catch it during testing. Thanks everyone who sent in the bug.

    We've also had a complaint about the loading screen. Please note that having that loading screen does not slow down the launching of pinned tiles in any way. We had to put that in, as we needed a loading screen when loading the main application. It will go away once we've figured out a way to make a separate loading screen for the main application. Thanks.

    UPDATE: 6 FEB 2012
    FREE VERSION UPDATE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE MARKETPLACE!
    Get it here:
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/54397d90-7f29-46b3-81b9-f78c3fd3b779

    How to force an update:
    1. Open Marketplace
    2. Search for "Wiztiles"
    3. Press "Share"
    4. Press the back button
    5. Press "Update"

    If you don't see the Metro theme, just download it from "download themes" list.

    *ATTENTION THEME DESIGNERS*
    The new update will break the old themes. I am currently updating all the old themes for compatibility with the Version 1.2. This block need to be added to the top of Theme.txt:

    [Theme]
    Name=Metro
    Version=2.0
    UpdatedOn=2012/01/01
    Description=Metro theme
    Author=Wiztiles
    AuthorUrl=http://www.wiztiles.com

    Please let me know(PM me) what Description you want, Author Name, Author Website for your respective themes. This information will be visible to users when they are previewing your theme. Thanks!

    *Got an email today that it passed certification. Update should be available in the next 24-48 hours*
    Certification for FREE Version is taking longer than expected. I've attached the new version of the following themes below: Metro, Museum, and Metro Plus

    I've also posted instructions on how to make themes:
    http://wiztiles.com/HowToMakeThemes.pdf

    THEMES ARE HERE:

    Looks like some of you have been busy making themes. I'm listing out all the themes submitted in this thread. From you phone browser, long press on the link below, "copy link", fire up wiztiles, go to download themes, click on textbox, paste the link, click on download theme. Theme should get added to your theme list to the right. Let me know if you guys have problems downloading the themes. Also, I made a URL shortener, so if you want to type in URL of theme, just type in the short URL below. On the download theme textbox, no need to type in "http://" just type: goo.gl/5jYW2

    CATEGORY TILES by smoedjn:
    http://goo.gl/wUBGx

    TOXIC by M0RFGFX:
    http://goo.gl/GxAb0

    WEBSITES+APPS by Wiztiles:
    http://goo.gl/0nW1n

    EAT+DRINK by Wiztiles:
    http://goo.gl/FMKLZ

    HEINEKEN THEME by Frosty3k:
    goo.gl/3C9YK

    BOKEH THEME by Frosty3k:
    http://goo.gl/1Aj4m

    BRETT FAVRE THEME by Brannian:
    http://goo.gl/LnIYI

    METRO PLUS THEME by Wiztiles:
    http://goo.gl/8T5rt


    MUSEUM THEME by Wiztiles:
    http://goo.gl/KJwfp


    METRO THEME by Wiztiles:
    http://goo.gl/Ak37j


    KING HEART QUEEN THEME by Tecurps:
    http://tinyurl.com/7z96knh

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    HALO THEME by ceed0t:
    V2: http://goo.gl/JkYdB (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/fykEt

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    STREET FIGHTER THEME by ceed0t:
    V2: http://goo.gl/yfSIq (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/N5gT0

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    LUMIA BLACK THEME by Leapo:
    V3: http://goo.gl/oAY1S (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V2: http://goo.gl/xU1ER (optimized images)
    V1: http://goo.gl/xU5QH

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    LUMIA WHITE THEME by Leapo:
    V3: http://goo.gl/cMsoS (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V2: http://goo.gl/bgGzA (optimized images)
    V1: http://goo.gl/zmtx9

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    DEADMAU5 THEME by Leapo:
    V3: http://goo.gl/nDAa2 (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V2: http://goo.gl/CrWTe (optimized images)
    V1: http://goo.gl/5dGMm

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    HITMAN ABSOLUTION THEME by Leapo:
    V3: http://goo.gl/xGJMj (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V2: http://goo.gl/AG2fq (optimized images)
    V1: http://goo.gl/BFOcr

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    BLUE BEAR THEME by CreamPuff007:
    V2: http://goo.gl/XyvLx (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/JQqIU

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    SPIDERMAN THEME by ceed0t:
    V2: http://goo.gl/2ZJFx (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/Z8gHe

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    LITTLE TWIN STARS THEME by CreamPuff007:
    V2: http://goo.gl/3TdVs (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/csE3b

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    HELLO KITTY THEME by CreamPuff007:
    V2: http://goo.gl/16ssk (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/Dp8aK

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    BATMAN THEME by ceed0t:
    V2: http://goo.gl/YmyvO (for Wiztiles 1.2)
    V1: http://goo.gl/5jYW2

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    UPDATE: 01 FEB 2012
    Wiztiles Pro is up in the Marketplace!

    Download it here:
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/f8f66960-acba-40b2-842b-1fbec2664739

    Quick Notes:
    You guys currently have the FREE Version. The FREE Version will also get an update shortly, as soon as it passes certification. The PRO Version contains TRIAL and PAID versions. As of now, the TRIAL of PRO Version will be exactly the same as the FREE Version that you guys already downloaded. The advantage of using the TRIAL of PRO Version is that if you ever decide to upgrade to the PAID Version, all your themes and settings will be saved. Also, the PAID Version will eventually have additional features that the FREE and TRIAL version won't have.

    So what's changed?
    All the FREE stuff that you guys currently enjoy has been preserved. Plus, we've improved the loading time of custom tiles, as well as overall app performance. We've also added new backgrounds and icons to the base Metro theme.

    What's the advantage of getting PAID version?
    PAID has additional features to make downloading of themes easier. It also has theme versioning, so if a new version of a theme is available, the app will let you know. Then all you have to do is download the new version from an easy interface. PAID also lets you store unlimited themes into your phone. FREE and TRIAL will only allow you to store 1 theme at a time. BUT, if you've been downloading themes the old way (putting in the URL to download from server) you are allowed UNLIMITED number of those. Why did we do this? Because we want to encourage the community to keep making themes on their own, and share with the community. It also lets theme designers test their creations without limitations. So, if you are willing to maintain your own version of themes, and download themes the OLD way, you can probably live with the FREE or TRIAL version. If you want the convenience of EASY downloading and version maintenance, get the PAID version. Also, if you just want to support us, get the PAID version :)

    What do you mean FREE and TRIAL Versions allow only ONE theme at a time?
    If you downloaded a theme the easy way, which is pick it from a list of available themes, and pressed "download theme", you only have 1 slot available on your downloaded themes list. You can always delete a theme from that list to download another theme. To delete, simply long-press on the theme you want to delete, and select "delete". As I mentioned above, if you downloaded a theme the OLD way, you are not limited to just 1 theme at a time.

    New for Version 1.2.0
    1. faster launching of custom tiles
    2. performance enhancements to make app faster
    3. easy access to 12 new themes!
    4. theme versioning
    5. theme preview with screenshots
    6. create tiles without using a theme
    7. updated none task to go back to home screen
    8. added task to launch wiztiles application
    9. quick access to review app
    10. added mini icons to metro theme for use with wallpaper themes
    11. added backgrounds with gradients to metro theme
    12. added url parameters to browser task for theme designers
    13. added disabled back tile for theme designers
    14. improved overall user experience

    Here are screen shots on how the new icons and backgrounds from the base theme can be used:

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    UPDATE: 19 JAN 2012
    Apologies for not updating for a while. I'll try to answer some of the questions asked on this thread later on. We've been busy with the next release. We've solved the loading problem, so custom shortcuts will now load within 1 second or less. We've also made it very easy to download themes. I will update more as we get closer to next release. In the meantime, here's some screen shots. Enjoy!

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    UPDATE: 29 DEC 2011

    NEW UPDATE IS OUT! PLEASE UPDATE OR GO TO MARKETPLACE TO GET IT NOW!

    Surprise! We took out the ads! We removed everything you guys hated about the app. It is still FREE!!! Enjoy, and Happy New Year! Please rate our app after you download. Thanks!

    New for Version 1.1.0

    1. No more ads!
    2. Performance Enhancements
    3. No more annoying splash screen image
    4. Added ability to disable back tile
    5. Improved overall user experience
    6. Removed having to click back twice to reach home screen


    UPDATE: 22 DEC 2011
    It's been a crazy 24 hours. Thanks for all the tremendous feedback! Please keep them coming! It helps us improve and find out which is annoying to users. So first thing first, I will list the pains that people are experiencing. Most of the reviewers seem to remember the bad, and the satisfied reviewers just don't say anything. So please, if there is something that you love and hate about the app, we would love to know about it. So, for the pains:

    1. Hate the wiztiles splash screen
    2. Hate the loading time of the created shortcuts
    3. Hate the ads

    Our response:
    1. Windows phone apps are encouraged to embed a jpg image while the app loads. This is what you guys are seeing every time you click on your custom tile. Obviously, our app has to start in order to launch your action. We are not intentionally plastering an image in your face for a few seconds to remind you of what app your are using. We are simply launching the wiztile app. We are working on making the launch time shorter, so you won't have to wait so long, and hopefully the launch time will be short enough, that we won't need to load a splash screen.
    2. We are currently looking for ways to optimize the app, so load time is cut short.
    3. The app is free. We need to eat. We are working on the paid app. We refuse to sell an app that does not meet your expectations. The paid app will hopefully get around all the loading time issues, and hopefully when that paid app is released, our tiles will behave as you guys expect. Fast loading, and with more features.

    Conclusion: We love the feedback. Especially feedback that tells us how to improve the app. We do hate the 1 star review. Please rate us fairly, as we want the app to bubble up to the top of the marketplace, and get the word out. If you love the app, please rate it! We need the positive reviews! I will post more later about making themes, and where to find them. Thanks for all your support!


    UPDATE: 21 DEC 2011
    Name: Wiztiles

    Hi guys, I'm proud to announce that my app is finally here. It's late getting certified in the Marketplace for 2 weeks because of a silly icon that did not pass, but it's finally here now.
    Basically this app lets you create custom tiles and tile themes for your homescreen. Sure, there are tons of similar apps in the marketplace, but I promise, this one is different. The main difference is that you can create themes, then download them into your phone. We've also created 15+ basic tasks that you can execute from the custom pinned tiles.

    Here are some examples:
    1. Make a phone call
    2. Compose email
    3. Launch a website
    4. Compose text message
    5. Take a picture
    6. Share status to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Live
    7. Airplane Mode
    8. Bluetooth Settings
    9. Cellular Settings
    10. Wifi Settings
    11. Directions
    12. Location Search
    13. Bing Search
    14. Browse Marketplace Applications
    15. Browse Marketplace Music and Videos

    The one you will most likely use is Launching websites. Instead of ugly pinned website shortcuts, you can make custom tile shortcuts to your favorite sites like m.youtube.com or reddit.com. So the most interesting part of the app is the themes. Themes are zip files with a bunch images and text files inside to define a theme. I've attached a sample theme here:
    View attachment sample.zip

    A sample blurb from the theme text file:

    task=Phone
    front.icon=phone.png
    front.background.color=#635297
    front.background.image=back1.png
    front.title=Phone
    back.background.color=#635297
    back.icon=phone2.png
    back.background.image=back2.png
    back.title=Phone
    back.text=this is awesome!

    Currently, you can make themes on your desktop since it's much easier with a big screen. I'm attaching a PSD Template to get you guys started.
    View attachment WiztilesThemeTemplate.zip

    Once you've created a theme, zip it up and upload somewhere. Then from the phone app, pivot to menu, then click on "download themes". Enter the URL in the box, and click on "download theme" button. So that's about it with themes. I hope you guys like the app, and feel free to post some theme files on this thread. I'm excited to see what you guys can come up with! Also, please review the app in the marketplace! We would love to get 5 stars if you like it ;)

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    Source:
    http://www.wiztiles.com

    Download:



    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/54397d90-7f29-46b3-81b9-f78c3fd3b779
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    Batman Theme

    Hey guys. I decided to make a theme and thought I'd share it with everyone. Hope you like it and let me know what you think!

    View attachment batman.zip
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    awesome!!!
    thx for share!
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    Really good work.

    1 question - if i have an image that i wish to use as a background, how do i split the image so it spans across all tiles?
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    Theme i mean handycorrection :)

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