WPF ribbon has been released..

Jaime Rodriguez
On Windows Phone, Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and Windows 7

WPF ribbon has been released..

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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.


I have been heads down on phone for the last four months, so I have not played with ribbon recently, but they had every thing they describe above back then, so enjoy it!!

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

  • Ira, LOL!!

    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].

    Cheers!

  • 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?

  • hi Morten,

    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.  

    Cheers,

  • Congrats on the release--you guys did a really good job with this one!

  • Is there an official Silverlight Ribbon control in the works?

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