This app was suggested by Richard – it allows you to customise your homescreen with photos/images of your choice. These aren’t then just static images – they can be a shortcut to a whole host of things.
#22) Mega Tile
MegaTile allows you to use a picture to create multiple action tiles on your Start screen.
After choosing the size and shape for your MegaTile (the supported sizes are: 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4), you can select a picture from any of your albums (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google etc.) or camera roll.
The application creates a MegaTile by dividing your picture into a number of action tiles that will be displayed on your Start Screen. Actions, such as phone calls, email, texting, web searching and browsing, can be assigned to each tile.
It’s pretty simplistic as it’s mostly bare bones of settings to put towards your colourful, lively tiles. It uses the panoramic metro thing but a little ineffectively as the other side is just an “about” product thing to review the app, contact the developer or see other products.
I would have preferred another panel, perhaps to the left to create new tiles. However, instead you get a plus icon which is just as usable.
It would have been nice if the tiles could flip to reveal possibly a different image? Not a fault, just a suggestion.
Once you’re done creating your tiles, they do look great. I think there might be an issue if you chose a picture with people or faces as it will introduce a slight gap. It would be nice perhaps if it could somehow compensate for that. Not sure how difficult that would be (possibly where it cuts the picture, just cut x amount of pixels so your brain fills in the gap, as without it, some faces look odd and stretched).
To create new sets of tiles, press the + icon. You can choose from:
You can see how they would appear above.
The tiles are all separate – it would have been nice if it was possible to create a solid 1×2 but the mosaic effect it produces at the end is still very nice.
Once you choose your set size, choose the image. This as usual is very easy, and if you’ve connected up facebook, you have so many more pictures to choose from (and it behaves as if it it’s already on the phone).
- Stretch tile
- Center tile (with option to change the colour of the tile edge. It’s kinda nice to leave it black as then your tile isn’t square.