A New Set of Control Skins

A New Set of Control Skins

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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.

Screen shot

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!

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  • Hi val_hristov,

    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.

    - Corrina

  • 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

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  • 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:

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