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WPF Reflection Control

Sunday
Jan 14,2007

WPF Control on Blend StageReflectionTarget DataBindingMore Controls Dialog

I was considering some of the common things that people want to do when they first start working with WPF. Creating reflections is one of those things, and while it’s not terribly difficult to do, it does become a monotonous task. And what do you do when you find yourself doing the exact same thing over and over? You create a custom control of course!

The Reflector control exists to perform one task: simulate a reflection of an object. You just bind the ReflectionTarget property (found in the Appearances category in Blend) to another control and it does all the work for you. If you want to tweak the reflection, you can always edit the ControlTemplate in Blend, but the default settings should cover most cases. I’m also looking at the height and width of the target control, so if you set the height and width of the Reflector control to Auto, it will size itself automatically (in most cases).

Lee Brimelow just posted a tutorial called Reflections in Visual Studio and Blend
at ContentPresenter.com that shows how to manually create reflections. After watching that tutorial you’ll see what I’m taking care of automatically.

download WPF Reflection Control

(Note: Add a reference to this assembly in Blend by selecting the Project tab, right-clicking the References folder and selecting Add Reference. Browse to the assembly included in the zip file. Once you’ve added the reference, click the More Controls link on the tool menu (last item — double down arrows), and select the User Controls tab. You’ll see the Reflector control listed there.)

Monday
Dec 4,2006

Microsoft Expression BlendWow — lots of big updates available from Microsoft today. At the top of my list is Microsoft Expression Blend. This is the latest version of what was formerly known as Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer. Lots of “under the hood” changes have been made in this release, but the first thing that everyone will notice is the updated UI. Check out the Expression Blog for more details on the public beta. A new version of Expression Design is now also available for download. It has undergone the same UI treatment as Blend. It’s UI has actually been implemented using WPF, so you’ll see the same collapsible panels, styling and icons in both applications. I just fired up Design briefly, so I’ll post more thoughts once I’ve spent a little time using the tool.

In addition to the Expression releases, Microsoft has release the first CTP of “WPF/E”, which stands for Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere. Learn more via Mike Swanson’s post.

Monday
Nov 20,2006

NetAdvantage 2006.3 was released earlier this month with great new features for those of us in the design community. Specifically, we’ve added some really nice touches to AppStylist, mostly revolving around resources. Resource previews are now everywhere resources are used; resources can be selectively imported and exported from library to library, which makes reuse across ISLs much more accessible. The color dialog has been updated to support an eyedropper tool and we’ve also added a Ribbon preview canvas.

We’re already working on updates for the next release, but I’ll have to wait a while longer before I share. Really cool stuff though!

 I was recently demoing AppStyling to existing customers who had yet to use the technology. They were amazed. They were smiling and nodding their heads in approval as I demoed skinning the live running app using AppStylist Runtime support. When you work with this stuff it’s easy to forget how cool it is.

 Check out NetAdvantage AppStylist and the AppStylist New Features page.

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