June 22, 2017 12:30 pm

Windows Template Studio 1.1 released!

By / Senior Technical Product Manager, Windows Developer Team

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.1. In partnership with the community, we’ve been cranking out and iterating new features and functionality. We’re always looking for additional people to help out and if you’re interested, please head to our GitHub at https://aka.ms/wts.

How to get the update:

There are two paths to update to the newest build.

  • Already installed: Visual Studio should auto update the extension. To force an update, Go to Tools->Extensions and Updates.  Then go to Update expander on the left and you should see Windows Template Studio in there and click “Update.”
  • Not installed: Head to https://aka.ms/wtsinstall, click “download” and double click the VSIX installer.

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Page Reordering
  • The first page doesn’t have to be the Blank page
  • Renaming of pages and background tasks
  • Offline improvements
  • Initial work for supporting localization
  • Code analysis was added

Page updates:

  • Grid page added
  • Chart page added
  • Media/Video page added
  • Web View page has been enhanced

Feature updates:

  • Store SDK Notifications added
  • SettingStorage now has a binary save option (not just string based)

Template improvements:

  • Navigation panel moved to UWP Community Toolkit
  • Styling adjustments
  • ResourceLoader performance improvement

For a full list of issues fixed in the 1.1 release, head over to Github.

 What else is cooking for next versions?

We love all the community support and participation. We’re partnering with additional framework Caliburn.Micro and have a branch currently under development with Nigel Sampson. We’re talking with Prism and Template 10 to see how those frameworks can also be added in. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out:

  • Fluent design in the templates
  • Project Rome features as options for your project
  • Right-click->add support for existing projects
  • Localization in the wizard
  • Accessibility supported in both wizard and in the templates

If you want to help out, please head over to https://aka.ms/wts.

Updated June 28, 2018 8:47 am

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  1. Cool to see this project evolve, and encouraging to see the community engagement. That’s what it’s all about. 🙂 Seeing the legend of Caliburn live on is definitely a solid add, as well as Prism integration, of course. Impressive work here, team.

  2. If you have already created an app with Version 1, how do you update the app to the new features from Version 1.1 ? And updates from any future updates?

    • that is right-click add support 🙂 We’re working on it, it is a hard problem since injecting code into a living project can be complex and the last thing we want to do is to do it incorrectly and break you project

  3. Hello, Clint.
    The objective of the project is rapid application development with in Visual Studio LightSwitch?

    • We produce a file->new application experience for UWP. We are not related to VS LightSwitch.