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EIGHT: a desktop browser WP7 tile homepage

This is describable in one word: awesome. Seriously, Windows 8, coupled with this and your Windows Phone handset, you'll have more tiles in your life than every DIY store in the world. DeviantART author ~flatmo1 has created this magic that is a simple reflection on the proposed look of Windows 8. You can pin a number of favourite sites or bookmarks to the homepage by simply editing a JS file (source.js).

Images for the logos are all loaded from a sub-folder so you can add what ever images you wish to have displayed per tile (make sure they're the dimensions stated in the sketch.jpg file) - same with gradients. Save the downloaded folder somewhere on your hard drive (or upload it to your web accessible server) and open up the index file in your browser. This works for Opera, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer so you can have all your web browsers running off the same home screen and you'd only need to update once for changes to be reflected across board. Neat, eh?

To change images and links, all you need to do is open up source.js and change the lines corresponding to the tiles you wish to alter (numbers can be found in the sketch.jpg).

We've also compiled WPCentral tiles for you to use when customising this localised homepage. All dimensions are available in the folder so there's a tile for every placement. You can download the variety of WPCentral images here (mirror), but you'll need either the default package with WPCentral tile replacing iTunes or the default EIGHT home page here with no alterations at all. All we need now are tiles that will update to mimic live tiles found on WP7.

Source: DeviantART, via: @antibenz

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jmundi says:

Huh? The write up here needs a little more explanation / help. I'll be honest, it's not very clear. Is this for Firefox only?

Rich Edmonds says:

"This works for Opera, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer", simply download, extract and open the index.html file :-)

jmundi says:

Ah. The file I downloaded doesn't seem to have the index.html file. Weird. I'll try again.

Rich Edmonds says:

Strange, if it isn't there this time round I'll upload mine for you (have added wpcentral tile).

jmundi says:

I found it also here: There is a link to download and the file has everything. http://flatmo1.deviantart.com/#/d3iq28lThe link that takes you to FileSonic seems to be an incomplete zip.

Rich Edmonds says:

Ah the FileSonic .zip is just the WPCentral tiles, I'll make this more clear in the article, cheers :-P

Saljen says:

Anyone know where I can find a repository of images to use with this? I want Gmail, Hotmail, Pandora, Tom's Hardware, Engadget, Gizmodo, Winrumors, and WPCentral (which I have now). Basically I want my whole favorites to be listed as tiles, but am not very effient w/ photoshop.

Rich Edmonds says:

http://jeppethe.deviantart.com/art/Thumbnails-for-quot-EIGHT-quot-213277665 any there that take your fancy? If not, I'll whip them up for you, just let me know the dimensions you need per logo (check sketch.jpg) by firing me a message on the forums (username RichEdmonds).

mydefposse says:

That list is awesome! I can only think of two websites I'd have on the page that aren't on the list. trueachievements.com and btjunkie.org - don't suppose anyone is kind enough to help me out?

Rich Edmonds says:

Sure, ping me a PM on the forums (RichEdmonds) with the dimensions you want and I'll get them done for you :-)

Saljen says:

Hey thanks. I actually pieced some together w/ photoshop, and it looks better than I thought it would. Didn't stick with the all white because some of them were harder to edit than others, but it looks GREAT!!!

Saljen says:

Got it working, and its beautiful. Though with IE9 it says "Internet Explorer restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls." Does anyone know how to make it so I don't get this message every time I go to my new homepage?http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d36/bladerboy05/homepage.png

TheRealSel says:

is there any more links for more tiles?

This is awesome! I'm using it and I'm loving it! :D

dsTiles says:

Could someone use the actual live tile url from some apps to create a live tile in this homepage?http://fcgi.weather.com/fcgi-bin/live_tile/live_tile.fcgi?loc_id=98160&n...Can replace the zip and nickname to show different live tiles...

marygen90 says:

the only links missing for me would be stumbleupon, gmx.com, and weather.comcould anyone help me with adding these tiles?thanks :)