1. sl#WP's Avatar
    There is an app in WP store called TileScreen, which can help to customize your Windows Phone 8 (not 7.x, sorry) home screen. There was a review post last week on WMPoweruser. Many people are confused with concept and how to use it. As the developer of the app, I'd like to post some tips. Hope this helps.

    1. TileScreen, as an app, does NOT change home screen layout or live tile sizes automatically.

    This app is about create and share designs and ideas about how you can make your home screen fun. Microsoft don't provide APIs to do it automatically, and they shouldn't. We will have some problems to deal with if they do. So, basically to use the design on your phone home screen, you have to do it manually. I hear you say, that sucks. Trust me, it doesn't. Experimenting the pattern and organizing tiles is a lot fun. You do that when you are bored, have too much time anyways.


    2. If you create your own, keep it clean and practical.

    The goal eventually is someone is going to use your design on their home screen. So, it has to be practical. For example, some use a whole lot of small tiles in their design, it may look good, but if you that on your home screen it will look messy.

    3. Use as many medium sized tiles as you can.

    That's how you can make it clean. Many don't know to create medium sized tiles in the design page: Use pinch and zoom on adjacent same colored tiles to create or break medium sized or large tiles. See pic below:
    tutorial.png

    4. Colors don't matter.

    The color buttons are there for cases when really need a second color. Generally you should use only one color, sometimes a second or third color is desirable, but keep it minimum. Reason is you don't have much color varieties in your home screen. Most of them are theme color. A few of them have different colors like the Office is read, the Xbox is green.


    TileScreen was released only a week ago, there are bugs. I have been fixing them. It is generally functioning now. If you have questions, requests, I can answer them here. You can download TileScreen from here: TileScreen | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

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    11-03-2013 08:59 AM
  2. Jessica Lares's Avatar
    It's not that I don't like it, but it would help if we could actually change the colors of our tiles to make the design more like it.

    Mine is the Outlook one.
    11-03-2013 05:19 PM
  3. sl#WP's Avatar
    It's not that I don't like it, but it would help if we could actually change the colors of our tiles to make the design more like it.

    Mine is the Outlook one.
    Thanks, Jessica. I like it idea too. However, my understanding is Windows Phone won't allow apps to do this. What the tile looks like is up to the app behind the tile, in your case Outlook. I think that's what it is now, but I will certainly explore on this.Maybe in WP8.1?

    -Sean
    11-03-2013 08:36 PM
  4. Jessica Lares's Avatar
    That would be interesting. I don't think we'll be seeing 8.1 anytime soon though considering we've just got the developer preview of the next version.
    11-04-2013 07:36 AM
  5. sl#WP's Avatar
    That would be interesting. I don't think we'll be seeing 8.1 anytime soon though considering we've just got the developer preview of the next version.
    I don't have clue, honestly, but I will keep an eye on it.
    11-04-2013 08:52 AM
  6. sl#WP's Avatar
    Looks like I need to put up a short tutorial inside of the app. People are creating some home screen patterns look pretty but not useful. They don't know how to use medium and large tiles.
    11-06-2013 11:48 AM
  7. Jason Drum's Avatar
    For example, some use a whole lot of small tiles in their design, it may look good, but if you that on your home screen it will look messy.

    3. Use as many medium sized tiles as you can.

    That's how you can make it clean.

    ...

    Looks like I need to put up a short tutorial inside of the app. People are creating some home screen patterns look pretty but not useful. They don't know how to use medium and large tiles.
    Sounds like you think everyone needs to like the same designs you do. Don't tell someone that the way they have there home screen is wrong, that's just silly.
    11-06-2013 11:58 AM
  8. sl#WP's Avatar
    Thanks, Jason.

    That's how I feel. I could be very well wrong. Now I'd like to think it again.
    11-06-2013 06:39 PM

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