Friday, February 11, 2011

BETA Closed

The BETA phase of Metro UI is closed.  The two apps, currently BETA & Stable, will be changed to Free & Pro.  I will still be supporting the Free/Beta version but any major new features (drag n drop, folders, animated tiles, etc.) will be only added to the Pro version.  In simpler terms here is a break down of what updates to expect depending on the version you currently have:

BETA/Free

  • Bug Fixes
  • Live Tile Updates (Facebook Count, Twitter Count, etc.)
Stable/Pro
  • Bug Fixes
  • New features 
    • Folders
    • More live tile options (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
    • Animated Tiles (People, Pictures, Calendar, etc.)
    • Drag n Drop (if I ever figure out how to allow a GridView to do this)
    • Custom Tile sizes (2x1, 1x2, etc.)  (again...if I ever figure out how to allow a GridView to do this)
As always I appreciate your patience.  I do work full time and I do have a life outside of work.  So even if updates slow down, rest assured I am not giving up on development.  I will post here once I feel all major development is done on the Pro version (v 1.*).

NOTE:
Drag n Drop and 2x1/1x2 Tiles may not get into METRO UI until v2.0.  Again please have patience.  I do plan on adding these features.  The constraints of my current design seem to make it impossible at the moment.  So it may take a major development effort (hence v 2.0).  In the mean time I may try to add a "priority" property of each tile that I can sort on.  That way you can at least re-order just not via Drag n Drop.

28 comments:

  1. dude can you post a video to see how the pro version looks with the animated tiles

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  2. As soon as that feature is in place I will do that. Just to clarify, the lists in the post are what to expect from updates, not what is currently available.

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  3. very nice work so far and good ideas for the updates. a few suggestions, the proportion of the images on the tiles are a nice size but the tiles themselves (Squares) feel a tad big than they should be. also will there ever be support for regular pop/exchange mail count in addition to the other features outlined? if so, i will buy your pro version hands down

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  4. Very nice work on the UI man! As of now I have the free version installed, but I will be getting the pro if the updates keep coming... I got burned by the windows phone android dev. He quit the day after I bought it!

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  5. At this point support for the native pop/exchange mail application can't be supported. Google did not allow permission to the object that contains all that information. If at any point Google opens up access, I will add that support.

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  6. ah.. it makes sense. just a thought. dont know if it makes any difference. what about supporting and application that receives the mail. Like k-9. thanks for the prompt answers..

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  7. for everyone looking for more icons such as myself i found that it was very difficult to add them though i may have found ones i liked BUT metrostation icons on deviant art fit in PERFECTLY! http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/292/c/2/metrostation_by_yankoa-d312tty.zip.

    Just choose the white icons after you choose the sub category. mount your phone drag the selected icons to your sd.

    then hold down on the icon tile pick custom then sometimes it will force close, sometimes it adds it without a hitch but just keep trying till it adds it.

    this home replaced laucherpro for me for now and now that i have more icons the only thing i need is the new update!

    hope this helped and please purchase the pro version and support this great home replacement app.

    h3nrylouis@gmail.com

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  8. "Animated Tiles (People, Pictures, Calendar, etc.)" - where it will be??? I need it very much!!!

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  9. I was wondering if it was possible to get live wallpapers working? Also I would love a calendar widget or a tasks widget.

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  10. Just a suggestion, it seems that the launcher is re-drawn each time I wake up (turn on the screen) my phone.

    Any chance to change that? I mean launcher should stay in the memory instead of redrawing it every time.

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  11. What about sorting apps in list? How soon it will be?

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  12. Hi, can I ask why for the Beta version Android 2.1 is Ok bout with the pro version it seems as if you need 2.2? I mena I have a Milestone with 2.1 and I can't download the pro version. Shame I really liked it.

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  13. extremely upset due to u not supporting my device(samsung galaxy s{captivate}) i ended up buying the pro version online and i cant install in on my phone can you plz fix this

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  14. I own a Galaxy S phone (Captivate). It is working fine for me. Are the people having issues using a custom ROM?

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  15. dude great job!! you re just filling the expectations of many people especially for those who where trying to do this with desktop visualizer. congratz. By the way do you think if is posible to do multiple screen option like for example do an exclusive screen for games just to keep it organize.

    sorry for my english if there is a misspelling

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  16. Please let me know how to update new installed app from the list. I have installed chomp sms app after install the metro ui. So i can not find chomp from the list. How can I do?

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  18. Hi, I am using Metro UI Pro version well.
    but i found some bug that can not select custom icons. "Metro UI" and "Android" is operating correctly at select icon menu. but if i select "Custom", tile setting is ended after crop picture. i am using lastest version.

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  19. I can`t run Metro UI 1.5.5 after updade on my Galaxy S!!!!

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  20. Bcan we please see domes pics or bids of that peoples tile >_>

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  21. very cool job, but when are we getting the folders?

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  22. J christian Thx bro it finally allowed me to download the app! And yea I was using a custom rom.....best app out there!

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  23. People tile doesn't work for me. Just stays blank, any help?

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  24. maybe u dont have any contacts with pictures mines works fine

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  25. just a thought, when the update was released today or yesterday with the drag/drop edit/delete function, the area where it shows the red or yellow stays black instead of having that screen realestate "vanish and allow more room for the icons... if that area would disappear allowing the icons to fill that space, my screen would perfectly hold 4 rows of icons instead of 3.7ish. still, great ui! loving the updates that keep coming out! i dont know how all the nitty gritty works but i would love to see a calendar and calculator app with a more wp7 feel or a widget for those of some sort.

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  26. Thank you very much 4 your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Wow, amazing stuff. This is why I love Android. So this may have been noted but the 2 x 1 tile I'm using for SMS is just a tad wider than the 2 1 x 1 tiles above it. I use a Nexus S. Not a big deal but thought it kind of odd. You probably already caught this so my apologies if so. Great job and thanks so much for your hard work and frequent updates!

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