UWP Community // Launch 2020

An annual event hosted by the UWP Community Discord server, where developers in the community collaborate on and Launch their new and refreshed Windows 10 apps.

Without any further ado, the UWP Community Discord server presents our Launch 2020 lineup.

Chaptifier

Easily add podcast metadata to your MP3 files

  • Add chapters, images, titles, comments and more.
  • Chaptifier adheres to the ID3 MP3 standards to read and write file metadata
  • Chapters created in Chaptifier have support for titles, URLs, start time, end time as well as image

From the developer, Matthew Peterein:

Files UWP

A modern file explorer that pushes the boundaries of the platform.

  • Instance tabs
  • Multiple layout modes (With more on the way)
  • Modular code base to sustain rapid development
  • Unrivalled file access performance
  • Everything you’d expect from a file explorer (Clipboard actions, file details, quick access, etc)

From lead developer Luke Blevins:

Indirect

Streamline keeping in touch with your Instagram followers.

  • Send and receive direct messages
  • Send images to friends
  • View and reply to stories.

From the developer, Tung Huynh:

Aurora

Manage your non code GitHub tasks

Manage your non code GitHub tasks
  • Access repositories, issues, labels and other ‘non-code’ management tasks from a friendly modern interface.
  • Assign colours to repos and different logins.
  • Open multiple GitHub accounts as tabs to have them open at the same time.
  • Free, non time limited version.
  • A road map for 2 major feature releases including Projects and Kanban in progress.
  • Opportunity to shape future development through feedback.

From the developer, Rob from Valley Software:

Quarrel

A native Discord client for Windows 10.

  • Xbox support, talk while playing games!
  • Connected Service (MyTube) integration
  • Text channels / Channel categories
  • Voice channels
  • Direct Messages / Group DMs
  • Server folders
  • And more!

From the project owner, Adam:

From co-developer, Matthew:

Brainf*ck#

The most complete Brainf*ck programming experience on any platform.

  • Interactive console and memory viewer
  • IDE with syntax highlight, auto completion and custom themes
  • Powerful debugger with breakpoints and memory inspector
  • Git diff markers to see real time changes to saved files
  • Rich debugging experience with exceptions and syntax errors support
  • ASCII/Unicode table viewer integrated in the app
  • Code library with favorites

From the developer, Sergio Pedri:

Yugen Mosaic

Transform any image into your own photo mosaic

  • Generate different types of mosaics
  • Easily create unique digital art
  • Complete control over how the mosaic is generated
  • Yugen will have new digital art effects in future release

From the developer, Emiliano Magliocca:

XSpot

Retrieve images from Windows Spotlight

  • Retrieve Spotlight images, from the local folder or Microsoft’s API.
  • Find more info about an image on Bing (for images retrieved from Spotlight API).
  • Export images, in JPG, PNG, or BMP.
  • Share pictures to another app.
  • Set an image as wallpaper.
  • Support for Windows 10X.

From the developer, Riandika Lumaris

Visual Asset Generator

Create all Visual Assets for your UWP app from a single file.

  • Turn one image into all the assets you need for UWP manifest.
  • Bicubic, average or nearest neighbour resizing.
  • Supports Transparency.
  • Set background asset colour.
  • Free, no ads or monetizsation.
  • Open source.

From the developer, Rob (Valley Software)

8Byte

Byte client for Windows 10 and Xbox.

  • Watch short videos you are following
  • See your daily byte mix
  • Comment and like videos
  • Follow Users & Topics
  • Search, View your profile, and see account activity

Swift Browser

An experimental and powerful web browser for Windows 10

  • All the standard features you’d expect from a web browser (tabs, incognito, favorites, search suggestions, and more.
  • Sync between your Windows 10 devices
  • Built-in version of popular browser extensions, such as Adblocker, Dark Mode, and KeePass
  • Easy access to websites with pinned live tiles, jump lists, favorites
  • Save websites for offline viewing
  • Screenshot, crop, and annotate web pages
  • Reading mode for news sites
  • And more!

From the Developer, FireCubeStudios:

UWP Community Client

The official client for the UWP Community website

  • Browse UWP Community projects
  • Stay up to date with what’s new in the community
  • Register your projects to showcase
  • Play Llamingo, the XAML Llama’s stream game

From the developer, Joshua Askharoun:

Honorable mentions

We may have managed to launch 3–4 times as many apps this year, but not every developer was able to get that perfect timeline and be listed above.

DynamicShell

ADeltaX, the legend behind MobileShell and AudioFlyout, has been working on a new project called DynamicShell, which promises to be much more robust version of MobileShell with many additional features, such as:

  • AudioFlyout (v2 soon)
  • ShutUpEdgeUI: Prevent touch swipe gestures from edges of screen
  • Barabam: Reposition notifications
  • Detachable taskbar

Strix Music

Previously known as Spotimo, the Spotify client for Windows 10 has been re-released outside the store as Strix Music, with a new logo to boot.

Project Input / Project Screen

Christopher Blackman, also known as Ryken, is the developer of MyTube. In his spare time, he experiments with various projects, all of which are quite interesting and creative.

DirectX Studio

A UWP IDE for developing .NET applications and games with a rich code editor and a 3D scene view.

What’s next?

This was year 2 of the annual Launch event. We had something new this year — the “Honorable mentions” section, and for a good reason.

  1. Every single app that is born out of our community will get featured somewhere, likely in a regular blog post like this one, periodically throughout the year.
  2. For the annual event, we will curate a “best of” and look for the top apps over the course of the year. It’ll be in a contest format, with judges grading you on design, usability, etc. If we can swing it, we’ll even be giving out prizes!

Wrapping up

In January 2020, the maintainer of the Windows Community Toolkit, XAML Llama, joined the server and claimed his own channel, where he takes feedback on new and existing tools, and brainstorms new ideas for the Toolkit directly with the community.

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