Jaime Rodriguez On Windows Phone, Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and Windows 7
Congratulations to the WPF team in shipping the WPF ribbon control…
You can download it, from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2bfc3187-74aa-4154-a670-76ef8bc2a0b4&displaylang=en
Highlights from their announcement:
· New Controls – We have numerous new controls in this release of Ribbon such as, RibbonGallery, RibbonComboBox, RibbonMenuButton, RibbonSplitButton, QuickAccessToolbar, etc.
· MVVM – Ribbon now facilitates MVVM-centric applications
· KeyTips – The new Ribbon now implements this new accessibility feature to allow full control using the keyboard
· Resizing – Our resizing approach has come a long way since the CTP version. We have default logic that resizes controls inside the Ribbon to render the best visual appearance and orientation
· Design-time – This release includes design-time support for Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4. This includes a project template for a ‘WPF Ribbon Application’, an item template for a ‘Ribbon Window’, and Ribbon controls in the toolbox such as, RibbonButton, RibbonToggleButton, RibbonMenuButton, etc.
By the way, they also relaxed the licensing; the control it will be in the platform in the next WPF release, and does not require Office UI licensing.
Happy ribbon coding!! If you create a cool demo please let me know or leave it on the comments.
Probably the longest CTP in Microsoft history, probably abaout 2.5 years
It took a long time.. no doubt.. but they pulled through..
I am kind of pleased that the WPF team admitted their first iteration was wrong, and I am also happy that they delivered; this would have been an easy cut once we knew it would not make it into WPF4, but the stuck with it..
From the trenches, I can also tell you that ribbon is very, very rich.. there is a lot of code in it.
[Sorry if my response sounds too fan-boy-ish; this one hits home since I saw the effor that went into it].
I looked at the RibbonWindow Wordpad Sample and the text looked bad I assume that this is because it was compiled with .Net 3.5?
Have anyone used the ribbon in .Net 4.0 and seen if the text looks better?
text is definitely much better in WPF4, so I am inclined to say it would improve but would have to look at it. can you send me the screenshot I can look.
Congrats on the release--you guys did a really good job with this one!
Is there an official Silverlight Ribbon control in the works?