TileIconifier v2.2 - Native tile shortcuts to anything, with resize and move!

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Jonno12345

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TileIconifier

Build small or medium tiles for almost any application in Windows 8.1 or 10 (Build 1511 / 10586+)!

Features:

* Customisable Small and Medium tiles, with configuration remembered between uses


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* Dark and light skins

* Picker to allow icons from EXE, DLL and ICO files

9UgJriB.png


* Ability to use most image file types (Including PNG/JPG/BMP/ICO)

* Ability to create custom shortcuts to ANY file/folder on your machine, which allows you to have multiple shortcuts with different arguments to the same executable

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* Automatically populate Windows Store Apps

jUjiIRN.png


* Automatically populates installed Steam games

lOQ0Ki2.png


* Automatically populates Chrome Apps

cvlTPUA.png


* Choose from a list of useful Explorer shortcuts

wp0gM27.png


*Change icon size and position with live preview of background colour and text overlay

NOFt4kZ.png


4HIHQ8V.png


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* Completely open source

Downloads:

Please find the repository and latest releases here at my GitHub: https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconifier/releases

Bugs:

None that I know of, but let me know as soon as you find something and I'll resolve it ASAP!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you add Wide and Large tiles?

Unfortunately these options are only available for Live tiles, not standard LNK files with a VisualManifest, which is how this utility works. Unless Microsoft add support for it, this feature cannot be added in the near future.

Microsoft Office/Mozilla Firefox/Other shortcuts aren't working, can these be tiled?

There is some mechanism I have yet to understand overriding these from being tiled. The easiest way to resolve this is to go to your shortcut within TileIconifier and click 'Quick Build Custom Shortcut'. This will create a second shortcut with the same parameters that can be tiled, which you will then find in your start menu under 'TileIconify'.

How can I help?:

The source is there if you wish to make any amendments (The code itself could probably use a lot of optimisation). Otherwise, suggestions for UI improvements or features would be great! I have now started adding translations, if you're able to assist with these it would be great!

Donations:
Please be aware that donations are absolutely not required. This software will always be free, open source and supported to the best of my ability. If you would like to support me with this and future aplications, please visit this link: https://www.paypal.me/Jonno12345

Thank you!
 
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Marotheit

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Just needs wide tile and large tile support.

I've honestly been waiting for a utility like this that can accomplish just that, but from what I've read, I'm not entirely sure it's possible.
If Jonno12345 can make this happen, I would be very impressed and basically kiss his feet.
 

Jonno12345

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I've honestly been waiting for a utility like this that can accomplish just that, but from what I've read, I'm not entirely sure it's possible.
If Jonno12345 can make this happen, I would be very impressed and basically kiss his feet.

Unfortunately we're all just piggy-backing off the VisualManifest.xml available, which doesn't have a specification for wide or large tiles. At least at the moment, making live tiles is the only way to achieve this. That said, if I ever think of a way I'll be sure to share ;)
 

Marotheit

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Unfortunately we're all just piggy-backing off the VisualManifest.xml available, which doesn't have a specification for wide or large tiles.

Yep. It's unfortunate, because if it did support wide and large tiles, I wouldn't honestly care about live tiles. The tiles are just a really quick, easy way to customize your start menu, and have it look nice.
 
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This is amazing! I love the option simply to extract the default program icon - 90% of the time, this is really all I want to do so I'm already over the moon about this program. Thank you!

The one drawback I see currently is that the custom color picker only seems to support codes that comprise just numbers. Using #ffb900 for a gold, gives back a kind of error - the box where you put in the custom color goes red and changes are not saved.

I actually don't need the wide and large tile support, personally, so if you fix the color picker, this program is basically feature-complete as far as I'm concerned :)
 

Jonno12345

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This is amazing! I love the option simply to extract the default program icon - 90% of the time, this is really all I want to do so I'm already over the moon about this program. Thank you!

The one drawback I see currently is that the custom color picker only seems to support codes that comprise just numbers. Using #ffb900 for a gold, gives back a kind of error - the box where you put in the custom color goes red and changes are not saved.

I actually don't need the wide and large tile support, personally, so if you fix the color picker, this program is basically feature-complete as far as I'm concerned :)

Oooh dear, I was testing validation ages ago and forgot to actually set it for hexadecimal...! I do apologise... Will fix that immediately, check back in 10 :)

Edit: Uploaded a new build where it'll let you use #ffb900. Whoopsy :)
 
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That's indeed pretty nice and awesome, @Jonno12345 :) Thanks for that.

May I ask if it could be possible to add an icon scaling option to the tile?
So it's customizable how big the Icon would be shown on the tile?

But that's just a wish :D I'm glad about your tool as it is. Thanks again.
//EDIT:
Oh, and speaking about wishes, can you give TileIconifier a nice dark skin ^^
 

Jonno12345

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That's indeed pretty nice and awesome, @Jonno12345 :) Thanks for that.

May I ask if it could be possible to add an icon scaling option to the tile?
So it's customizable how big the Icon would be shown on the tile?

But that's just a wish :D I'm glad about your tool as it is. Thanks again.
//EDIT:
Oh, and speaking about wishes, can you give TileIconifier a nice dark skin ^^

Good thoughts - I'll see what I can do :)
 

Jonno12345

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That's indeed pretty nice and awesome, @Jonno12345 :) Thanks for that.

May I ask if it could be possible to add an icon scaling option to the tile?
So it's customizable how big the Icon would be shown on the tile?

But that's just a wish :D I'm glad about your tool as it is. Thanks again.
//EDIT:
Oh, and speaking about wishes, can you give TileIconifier a nice dark skin ^^

Have added a light and dark skin on the latest release - I'm not sure how happy with it I am currently, some feedback would be good!

Tweaked a few other things but haven't looked at the icon scaling yet. Still in mind though..!
 
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With the last update this utility is quite solid!

I get an error and crash when I tried to make an icon for Avast antivirus. I just needed to create a new link to the program which was fine. But it looks like some attempts to Iconify a program like an antivirus might result in the program crashing.

If you're looking for any more wishlist items, I'd suggest integrating a visual color picker.

As always, many thanks for this program!
 
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With the last update this utility is quite solid!

I get an error and crash when I tried to make an icon for Avast antivirus. I just needed to create a new link to the program which was fine. But it looks like some attempts to Iconify a program like an antivirus might result in the program crashing.

If you're looking for any more wishlist items, I'd suggest integrating a visual color picker.

As always, many thanks for this program!

Thanks a lot for the feedback :) I'm suspicious things like Avast might have issues with things writing to it's own program directory which may explain it. Noted though, thank you.

A colour picker is a great idea, will add that to my list of things to do :)
 
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With the last update this utility is quite solid!

I get an error and crash when I tried to make an icon for Avast antivirus. I just needed to create a new link to the program which was fine. But it looks like some attempts to Iconify a program like an antivirus might result in the program crashing.

If you're looking for any more wishlist items, I'd suggest integrating a visual color picker.

As always, many thanks for this program!

Was a lot easier than I expected. Added a color picker, and now the icon previews live update to show the color in the background. Thanks :)
 
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Have added a light and dark skin on the latest release - I'm not sure how happy with it I am currently, some feedback would be good!

Tweaked a few other things but haven't looked at the icon scaling yet. Still in mind though..!

Was a lot easier than I expected. Added a color picker, and now the icon previews live update to show the color in the background. Thanks :)

Awesome Mate :D Highly appreciated!

Allthough that dark theme. Dark would look better, then just black:
Maybe set #323232 as backgroundcolor, that would be dark.

something like in DarkSkin.cs
Code:
...
using System.Drawing;

namespace TileIconifier.Skinning.Skins.Dark
{
    public class DarkSkin : BaseSkin
    {
        public override Color BackColor => ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#323232");
        public override Color ForeColor => ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#E3E3E3");
        public override Color DisabledForeColor => Color.LightGray;
        public override Color DisabledBackColor => Color.DarkGray;

        public override Color SortableListViewBackColor => Color.Black;
    }
}

But maybe another way without using special skinning .cs files would be more appealing.
(Some guy miles away from coding speaking here) :)

I love what you did so far. It's working great.
Still crossing the fingers for you being able to implement icon scaling :)
 

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Awesome Mate :D Highly appreciated!

Allthough that dark theme. Dark would look better, then just black:
Maybe set #323232 as backgroundcolor, that would be dark.

something like in DarkSkin.cs
Code:
...
using System.Drawing;

namespace TileIconifier.Skinning.Skins.Dark
{
    public class DarkSkin : BaseSkin
    {
        public override Color BackColor => ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#323232");
        public override Color ForeColor => ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#E3E3E3");
        public override Color DisabledForeColor => Color.LightGray;
        public override Color DisabledBackColor => Color.DarkGray;

        public override Color SortableListViewBackColor => Color.Black;
    }
}

But maybe another way without using special skinning .cs files would be more appealing.
(Some guy miles away from coding speaking here) :)

I love what you did so far. It's working great.
Still crossing the fingers for you being able to implement icon scaling :)

Good input - the dark skin would look better not being pure black. Will change that, thank you :).

I'm not very good at UI design, I did have a quick look around for a winforms skinning library I could use but I didn't find any I would be allowed to implement. Either that or they were a lot more complicated than I intend on implementing really requiring images for each element and so on. For now I'll apply your suggestion and the source is there if someone fancies doing a far better job of it!

Icon scaling is still in mind, haven't attempted to tackle it yet but I think it should be plausible :)
 
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You are awesome. Thanks for doing all that.

//EDIT:
@Jonno12345 You inspired me to to install viusual studio :D (I've never done any coding in my life :D - I'm some of those graphic guys)
Anyway you latest source is to complicated for me :D The new Skin seems to overwrite the colors I set with the visualstudio designer... So I decided to play around with one of your old versions to learn visualstudio designer :)
Here's what I got.
my4mRID.jpg


I'm no coder or anything near it. you're project inspired me, so I hope it's okay to play around with it for learning purposes.
And maybe you got a hint for me how to "disable/remove" your skin part in the latest version so I can keep on playing around?

Sorry for leaving all dat noobish talking here. I'm just hyped^^
 
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Jonno12345

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You are awesome. Thanks for doing all that.

//EDIT:
@Jonno12345 You inspired me to to install viusual studio :D (I've never done any coding in my life :D - I'm some of those graphic guys)
Anyway you latest source is to complicated for me :D The new Skin seems to overwrite the colors I set with the visualstudio designer... So I decided to play around with one of your old versions to learn visualstudio designer :)
Here's what I got.
my4mRID.jpg


I'm no coder or anything near it. you're project inspired me, so I hope it's okay to play around with it for learning purposes.
And maybe you got a hint for me how to "disable/remove" your skin part in the latest version so I can keep on playing around?

Sorry for leaving all dat noobish talking here. I'm just hyped^^

Feel free to do whatever you like :) I've uploaded another branch without any of the skinning here - https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconify/tree/without-skinning

Have fun :)
 
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This is a very neat program, but I'm having trouble pinning Custom Shortcuts. I see the created .vbs files but when I right click I have no option to Pin to Start. What am I doing wrong?
 
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What a great find! After searching this afternoon I was almost certain of two things: Oblytile was no longer functional under Win10 and all the alternatives consisted of programs that required resident proxies to launch apps from tiles (that was unacceptable for me). Thinking MS must have gone mad not to include such an obvious feature in their new Start Menu, I stumbled upon xda and this little program. THANK YOU!!

One quick question - I might be missing something here. Is there a way to remove medium tile descriptions from the start screen? Once I have a cool looking tile I don't really need an app name obscuring parts of it.

Thanks again!

EDIT: forget it, I'm an idiot ;) I missed that option despite it was staring right at me ;)
 
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    TileIconifier

    Build small or medium tiles for almost any application in Windows 8.1 or 10 (Build 1511 / 10586+)!

    Features:

    * Customisable Small and Medium tiles, with configuration remembered between uses


    EGTRvUQ.jpg


    * Dark and light skins

    * Picker to allow icons from EXE, DLL and ICO files

    9UgJriB.png


    * Ability to use most image file types (Including PNG/JPG/BMP/ICO)

    * Ability to create custom shortcuts to ANY file/folder on your machine, which allows you to have multiple shortcuts with different arguments to the same executable

    cjF5Nt0.png


    * Automatically populate Windows Store Apps

    jUjiIRN.png


    * Automatically populates installed Steam games

    lOQ0Ki2.png


    * Automatically populates Chrome Apps

    cvlTPUA.png


    * Choose from a list of useful Explorer shortcuts

    wp0gM27.png


    *Change icon size and position with live preview of background colour and text overlay

    NOFt4kZ.png


    4HIHQ8V.png


    e2qoJlF.png


    * Completely open source

    Downloads:

    Please find the repository and latest releases here at my GitHub: https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconifier/releases

    Bugs:

    None that I know of, but let me know as soon as you find something and I'll resolve it ASAP!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can you add Wide and Large tiles?

    Unfortunately these options are only available for Live tiles, not standard LNK files with a VisualManifest, which is how this utility works. Unless Microsoft add support for it, this feature cannot be added in the near future.

    Microsoft Office/Mozilla Firefox/Other shortcuts aren't working, can these be tiled?

    There is some mechanism I have yet to understand overriding these from being tiled. The easiest way to resolve this is to go to your shortcut within TileIconifier and click 'Quick Build Custom Shortcut'. This will create a second shortcut with the same parameters that can be tiled, which you will then find in your start menu under 'TileIconify'.

    How can I help?:

    The source is there if you wish to make any amendments (The code itself could probably use a lot of optimisation). Otherwise, suggestions for UI improvements or features would be great! I have now started adding translations, if you're able to assist with these it would be great!

    Donations:
    Please be aware that donations are absolutely not required. This software will always be free, open source and supported to the best of my ability. If you would like to support me with this and future aplications, please visit this link: https://www.paypal.me/Jonno12345

    Thank you!
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    Latest update:

    - Added 'batch shortcut operations' to utilities. This allows you to change the background colours and foreground text settings of multiple shortcuts at once (Shortcut must have already been iconified previously). Backup/restore functionality will come soon...ish. (Reasonably tested, feedback greatly appreciated!)
    - A warning is now displayed for items with known incompatibility (currently known - Office, Chrome and Firefox).
    - Various speed improvements, less refreshing going on
    - Various bug fixes, hopefully a few less crashes going on for some odd use case
    - .jpeg extension now allowed as well as .jpg

    https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconifier/releases/
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    That's indeed pretty nice and awesome, @Jonno12345 :) Thanks for that.

    May I ask if it could be possible to add an icon scaling option to the tile?
    So it's customizable how big the Icon would be shown on the tile?

    But that's just a wish :D I'm glad about your tool as it is. Thanks again.
    //EDIT:
    Oh, and speaking about wishes, can you give TileIconifier a nice dark skin ^^

    Have just released version 2.1 - this now includes icon resizing and moving. Let me know if there are any problems :)

    https://github.com/Jonno12345/TileIconifier/releases

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    Great utility!

    Thank you for this great tool, it is the best tile customizer that exist so far!:good::good::good:
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    Mate I'm not a member or anything here, but I just wanted to say WELL DONE!! This is brilliant. Just what I was looking for. Simple to use and you don't have to DL third-party proxys that pop up as malware and virus'. Thanks so much. Only feedback would be that it would be neat if you could make the background a level of transparency like the Start Menu.

    Glad it's helpful to you :) I don't think transparency is possible unfortunately, a limitation of the start menu itself. If it ever becomes possible, rest assured I'll make sure it's available :).


    Fairly big change coming out soon, I've added the ability to resize and move the icon around before 'iconifying' it, as requested by someone here. I'm not sure how user friendly, intuitive, or buggy it is at the moment. Just need to polish it a little more, but it allows you to make icons more like this, should you wish:

    8WLemjq.jpg


    Note that the left one was enlarged and moved within the app, using the same icon as the right one (Some resolution was lost in the enlarging, which I just need to resolve first ;) ).
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