Windows Template Studio updated with more wizard improvements, new features

Another Windows Template Studio update is now available, ticking the Visual Studio extension up to version 1.6 with a new batch of features.

Included in this release are further improvements to the wizard, as well as support for an image gallery page and more. Here's a look at all of what's new:

New Pages:

  • Image Gallery

New Features:

  • Drag and drop source
  • Web to App Link

Template improvements:

  • Minor tweaks for Fluent
  • Discovered a few pages that set background color

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
  • Much more Visual Basic engine work
  • Work for supporting multiple projects in a single solution
  • Work to support Prism

In terms of future updates to Windows Template Studio, Microsoft says to expect Visual Basic support, UI improvements, ink templates, and more Fluent Design tweaks in the available templates.

Windows Template Studio is Microsoft's replacement for Windows App Studio, a web-based tool used to create apps without requiring coding knowledge. Windows App Studio was officially retired as of December 1.

If you already have Windows Template Studio installed in visual Studio, you should be able to update to version 1.6 now. The extension can also be downloaded directly from Microsoft.

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  • Thanks, the template studio works well, i really like it:)
  • Look neat, clever way to help people kick start!
  • Does anyone have links to tutorials or example apps (practical and useful apps, not "hello world") made with Template Studio? I'm curious about what it can, and can't, do.
  • You could download vs community and try it... It's really simple and once you've chosen the pages you want, run it and it will spin up. It can do as much or as little as you want really, it doesn't hinder anything, and you can do whatever you want with it
  • It can do everything essentially. All it does it provides a base set of code organized in whatever framework you choose in template studio. It does require that you understand programming... but... organizing layout and code structure is half the battle when writing any app, template studio is a blessing.
  • Some YouTube vid I found are pretty useful, this thing is simple. Add all the template UI you want and hit go. It will cook your app for you, then you just need to fill the data (e.g. click this button and you go grab some data from the internet then you populate the data to a list, etc).
  • Work to support what?? o.0.