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Windows Template Studio 1.7 released!

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.7! In this release, our two big items are Visual Basic support and Prism framework!  We love how the community is helping. If you’re interested, please head over to head over to WTS’s Github.
What’s new:
Full list of adjustments in the 1.7 release, WTS’s Github has a full changelog.

New Programming Language Support:
Visual Basic
New Framework Support:
Prism framework
Updated Feature:
URI Schema launching for Caliburn.Micro added.
Template improvements:
Tweaks for consistence across all frameworks and languages
Fix for bug where we have a toast and first time prompt crash.
Fix for JSON Helper (#1659)
Improvements to the Wizard:
Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
Changed how we handle verifying new templates. This process should be much faster now.
Improvements to Process and Tooling:
Improved unit testing for verifying templates
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.
Known issue
We are tracking an issue (#1532) when uninstalling / upgrading where you may get an error of “A value for ‘Component’ needs to be specified in the catalog.”
If you get this error, we need logs to help track this with the help of the Visual Studio team.  We don’t know how to reproduce it, but we know a few people have hit this scenario.
We have how to capture these logs in the tracking issue on GitHub.
What else is cooking for next versions?
We love all the community support and participation.  In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will in future builds:
Improved user interface in-line with Visual Studio
Continued refinement with Fluent design in the templates
Work for supporting multiple projects in a single solution
Ink templates
Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
With partnership with the community, we’ve will continue 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. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!

Windows Template Studio 1.6 released!

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.6!
In this release, we added in app scheme launch, finalized our work for localization, massive improvements in accessibility, and started our work for Visual Basic support.
What’s new:
Full list of adjustments in the 1.6 release, head over to WTS’s Github.

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
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.
Known issue
We are tracking an issue (#1532) when uninstalling / upgrading where you may get an error of “A value for ‘Component’ needs to be specified in the catalog.”
If you get this error, we need logs to help track this with the help of the Visual Studio team. We don’t know how to reproduce it, but we know a few people have hit this scenario.
We have how to capture these logs in the tracking issue on GitHub.
What else is cooking for next versions?
We love all the community support and participation. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will in future builds:
Visual Basic support (In nightly)
Prism support (In nightly)
Improved update system to help increase speed of startup and file size download
Improved user interface in-line with Visual Studio
Continued refinement with Fluent design in the templates
Ink templates
Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
With partnership with the community, we’ve will continue 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. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!

Windows Template Studio 1.5 released

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.5.
In this release, we finalized our work for localization, added in some new features, and started work on a bunch of new features and pages.
What’s new:
Full list of adjustments in the 1.5 release, head over to WTS’s Github.

New Features:
Share source, share target
Multi-view
Feedback hub (added in v1.4)
Template improvements:
Minor tweaks for Fluent
Caliburn.Micro Support (added in v1.4)
Improvements to the Wizard:
Localization in all Visual Studio supported language
Adjusted the feature categories
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
Bug fixes
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.
What else is cooking for next versions?
We love all the community support and participation. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will in future builds:
Image Gallery feature (In nightly)
Web to App Link feature (In nightly)
Visual Basic support (In nightly)
Drag and drop service (in nightly)
Prism support (Soon in nightly)
Improved update system to help increase speed of startup and file size download
Improved user interface in-line with Visual Studio
Continued refinement with Fluent design in the templates
Ink templates
Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
With partnership with the community, we’ve will continue 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. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!

Windows Template Studio 1.3 Released!

We’re extremely excited to announce the Windows Template Studio 1.3.
In this release, we added in app scheme launch, finalized our work for localization, massive improvements in accessibility and started our work for Visual Basic support.
What’s new:
For a full list of adjustments in the 1.3 release, head over to WTS’s Github.

New Feature:
Scheme to launch app (aka myAwesomeApp://myDeepLinksIntoMyApp?foo=bar)
Template improvements:
Default Windows theme support added to template
Files are now UTF-8 with BOM to make sure all cultures are supported
Accessibility support in templates
Improvements to the Wizard:
Accessibility support in Wizard drastically improved
Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
All needed parts for localization are built-in now (looks like we missed window to get actual localized files)
Initial VB engine work was added in.
Bug fixes
Process improvements:
StyleCop enforcements across Template and Wizard code bases
Appveyor added for pull requests to be sure we have proper continuous integration checks
Required work for .NET Foundation
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. Click “Update.”
Not installed: Head to https://aka.ms/wtsinstall, click “download” and double click the VSIX installer.

What else is cooking for next versions?
We love all the community support and participation. In addition, here are just a few of the things we are currently building out that will be in future builds:
Fluent Design in the templates
Ink templates
Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
Localization in the wizard
Visual Basic support
Caliburn.Micro support
Prism support
With partnership with the community, we will continue 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. If you have an idea or feature request, please make the request!