Windows Community Toolkit 5.1 brings new tools for animations, image cropping, more

Receiving its first update since October, Windows Community Toolkit got the bump to version 5.1 this week, bringing a few big additions. Most notably, the latest release adds support for adding high-quality animations to your app. But the open-source tool also now includes support for a remote device picker and a new Image Cropper control.

Support for new animations is provided by Lottie-Windows, a successor to the LottieUWP community project, Microsoft says. "This new library provides high quality animation support on Windows 10 (1809) by utilizing the Windows.UI.Composition APIs and allows for the consumption of Bodymovin JSON files or optimized code-generated classes for playback in your Windows apps."

Meanwhile, the new remote device picker will let developers add options for their users to communicate with proximally our cloud accessible devices from their apps. This can help apps do everything from simply opening and communicating with a selected app on another device to allowing one device to work as a remote control or companion device for the other.

Remote Device Picker

Finally, the image cropper control does exactly as the name implies. Adding this control to your app will let you integrate image cropping functionality without too much fuss.

If you're a developer, you can check out the full release notes and get started with Windows Community Toolkit 5.1 at GitHub.

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