Pin More lets you create custom tiles for games, folders, documents, and websites. These fit right in and look as good as many native UWP app's tiles, and better than some of the poorer tiles.
The app does more than just create squares and rectangles that link to your content, it can search through sites or certain games for information to display on the tiles. It then creates a little redirecting app to pin to your Start Menu — it's essentially an app to launch another app.
It's available for $2.99 and also offers a free trial.
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What you can pin
The whole idea with Pin More is to allow you to pin more things to your start menu without it looking like a bland collection of icons. Games from non-Microsoft Store services, documents, and more are no longer restricted to just generic icons with Pin More.
Games alone make using Pin More worth it. You can pin tiles from Steam, Battle.net, and Uplay. In the case of Steam games you can make live tiles that display achievements.
The Windows Store has gained some big name titles over the last few months but many users still use and prefer other gaming platforms. Pin More is a big plus to gamers who want to use their platform of choice but don't want their Start Menu to be ugly.
Pinning tiles for games also lets you get to your games quicker, skipping some steps you'd usually have to go through to launch them.
Documents and folders look terrible when you pin them directly to Start. They don't preview the contents inside and don't even fill out the entire tile. Pin More lets you create custom tiles for any document or folder. You can choose between five photos to cycle between to prevent your Start Menu from growing stale.
As with games, this can save a bit of time as well since you can skip going through the file explorer and jump straight to your content. It's great for if you just need to jump to your folder of memes in as few steps as possible.
Websites are one of the most impressive things that Pin More handles. Not only can you create custom tiles with photos, it can also retrieve content from many websites and cycle through the latest news. In some cases it can grab the lead image from the article as well.
This makes your custom tile appear a lot more like a news app or native UWP app than a static image.
A handy feature Pin More has is the ability to import and export tiles that you've created. You can either use this as a way to backup your custom tiles, perfect for if you need to reset your PC, or share them with friends.
Pin More is an easy-to-use and well-designed app. It adds functionality to your PC and also helps your Start Menu look nicer.
Because of how Pin More works — creating apps with pretty Live Tiles to launch other apps that don't have pretty Live Tiles — you're hit with a quick Pin More splash screen on every launch. It's not the best experience, but it's quick enough. In an ideal world you'd set this up and never think about it again.
In the future it would also be nice to be able to add custom tiles for apps where the developer hasn't made tiles to user's preferences.
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My question (serious, no flaming) - does anyone genuinely uses these live tiles? I mean for real. On the phone it KIND OF made sense, but on the PC? I'm not even getting to the lack of apps thing. Take a calendar or mail app. On a PC, is it really worth "peeking" at an email when you can have it open in full by the time you're done peeking at it? Same goes with all other stuff - like weather - since I'm checking what it's like now I might as well have a look at what's coming later at night or tomorrow IN DETAIL. Maybe it's just me but I think Microsoft should drop this idea of tiles because if they failed to make it appealing in what, 7 years (?), I really don't think they can get it to a proper fruition. No matter how cool of an idea it is on paper.
In Tablet mode I use them a lot but when im in desktop mode I dont usually; however, I find myself looking at the mytube tile or not to see if there are any new sub videos I should watch. But im sure there are people who use them a lot.
While what you say is true, do you really bother to open the mail app constantly? Or the calendar app? Or other apps with useable quick info? One of my favorite is actually the mail app. I often notice important mails this way, which I would otherwise sometimes miss, since it can be days in between opening my mail. I love live tiles, especially when done right! Useful quick info at a glance instead of a wall of generic useless icons just spamming my face with nothing to show for. To clarify, I use W10 desktop and I am a former W10M user (now Android).
The fact that you don't use live tiles does not mean that no one is using them. Personally, I love them, and I use them instead of the archaic desktop view. Tiles are aesthetically more pleasing than icons cluttered all over the wallpaper. Furthermore, they are more compact than desktop icons, as you can lay it over the app you're using instead of closing it to see desktop. Email is great, I don't have to open the app just to find out I got yet another message I don't care about, I see that even before opening it. I also think you don't quite understand the idea of a live tile in a weather app - it's supposed to give you the information for now, but if you want more detailed forecast for tomorrow, just open the app. Are they for everyone? No. But that does not make them useless.
The usefulness of Live Tiles, to me, is in their resizing ability - Small, Medium, Wide and Big - allowing me to make a visually cool Start Menu. Some apps would be mildly useful having an informative Live Tile in desktops - weather, calendar, tasks and news come to mind here - but generally speaking no, not really.
my pc boots up to live tiles, i have lives tiles as default, they are expanded and fill the entire monitor, i like to leave them going and get all my information at once, i consider my live tile screen my home screen
I use them, I have apps that I like to have their live tiles, such as Weather, DialyPic, Fliky, etc. Translator also has a cool live tile. But although Microsoft shouldn't drop them, they don't do it right in my opinion. They should let everybody choose what they want, so people should be able to make a desktop shortcut of a Store app more easily. Plus, these apps should have both - live tiles, and icons. And same goes for mobile, there are people who hate tiles even on phones. And the feature provided by this app. Microsoft should have given us this feature by default, not to have it by some paid app. People should be able to customize their tiles just like then can with desktop shortcuts. But hey, we're speaking about Microsoft, it is more likely from them to drop live tiles than giving these options to people, and making everybody happy.
I understand what you mean. Eventhough I like the live tiles interface, it really makes more sence on a mobile device like phone or tablet, where the tiles are on your start screen. But on a desktop where they are hidden away in the start menu, you still can't see the updates. And for things things like emails, I rely more on the notifications in Action Centre or on the app's icon in the system tray. Live tiles would be much more useful on a desktop if they would be allowed to be pinned directly on the desktop (like the old Gadgets of Win7), that way you can really see all information at a glance...
The only time I use them is on my 8" tablet in tablet mode, and that's pretty rare. Like you said, I always seem to need more info than it offered.
I use the live tiles to launch apps not to look at them. My desktop has no icons :)
I did not get why people hated the full screen start menu, Windows 7 menu was a useless piece of crap. So, I have changed to full screen menu (not tablet mode) on all my computers. And I'm using live tiles for glancing on weather, mail, social media and all kind of stuff. And I'd really like to have more. I have everything I need, as god as, a single press on a button away. If I used the little W7 style menu I'd have to scroll for many of the apps, takes to much time and then I'd rather just write the app name and press enter.
I disable the live feature of most tiles except radar and weather apps. BUT I love the whole Start memu concept. I use both the Desktop and Tablet modes on my Surface Pro, depending on what I'm doing. And in Desktop mode I enable "Use Start Full Screen" so the Start menu looks the same in both modes. I just wish start tiles would consistently show better (static/non-live) information. And I wish I could edit tile text, in multiple rows. And in other cases I might enable the live feature if I could slow down the update rate a bit. Of course, while we're at it, a full-blown "Start Tile Creator" app, with text editing, paint features, and live tile cusomization would be nice :)
I use the start menu for launching programs...but I do not use information on the live tiles...
I loved W8 where you could have 1 screen with tiles open while you worked on another screen. In W10 you can only start up with the tiles screen in tablet mode, but that doesn't support 2 screens.
Folks this is one App I an going to buy and use. Folks if I could go back in time before Windows 8 debut and speak to MS CEO Mr Ballmer I would have told him to make Windows 8-D and Windows 8-T. Windows 8-D (Desktop) would be for PC's that donot have touch screens It would be an updated version of Windows 7. Windows 8-T (Touch Screen) with the Tiles interface woud be for Tablets and PC's that have a Touch screen Monitors which were few in number when Windows 8 came out. folks the best place for tiles is touch screenTablets. What I want to do is pin tiles to my desktop because tiles that update their data inside them like a weather tile or Road traffic traffic tile would be helpful to check out from tine to time.
This Pin More app woud be great but unfortunately it doesn't work with games that are purchased from the Microsoft Store as said games don't have a executable file associated with them. I have contacted the developer regarding this issue and I have never recieved yet a single response.
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