One more set of control skins is up and ready for you to use. I had hoped to have two ready, but one set needed some additional tweaking work that I haven’t been able to finish while on vacation in Thailand, and I’m going to stop trying until I return to Seattle on 4/14.
This new set is very rough and organic in appearance, but it can still work on various sites or it can be used in early mockups of a site to give the mockups a rough and sketched appearance. I take this sort of approach to many of my early mockups; especially, if I don’t want reviewers to focus on design details.
Here’s a screen shot of the new set of controls.
You can also view a live version of the controls or download the Page.xaml, Page.xaml.cs/Page.xaml.vb, and App.xaml, so you can apply the style to your own site.
For those of you who are interested in designing your own control skins, there is a good walkthrough of how you might do this on LiquidBoy’s blog (at the start of this post there is a link to a walkthrough on creating a button control skin called “Skinning a button – 4 different ways and counting”), and you can download a Beta version of Blend to use for creating your skins on Silverlight.net (along with all of the other tools you might need).
Enjoy the new skin!
I'm responding to your question on "Do you use Blend to create skins? My designer is trying to create a skin for the calendar, but he is unable to edit the control template... It seems that this feature is not implemented or disabled. How do you recommend to proceed? I am afraid that he is not very proficient in XAML and will not be able to create a good looking skin only with XAML coding."
It turns out that editing the calendar template as a whole unit in Blend is not supported at this time. The method I use is to copy and paste the individual xaml regions of the calendar from Visual Studio into Blend, and, then, I design each separately. Next, I copy and paste from Blend into Visual Studio, and compile and run to verify that my changes look as I had planned. This process is not optimal at this time, but will be improved in the future.
In this example I will demonstrate a very simple call to the FlickR REST APIs from a Silverlight client.
Later today, I present @ VS Live the following talk ... Building Rich Internet Application using Microsoft
Skinning Silverlight controls just got easier
Every .NET developer worth their salt has probably played round with Lutz Roeder's Reflector... This
Nikhil Kothari has a great post up from this weekend on providing themes for Silverlight 2 applications: