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VIBlend Controls for WPF v3.0 - Released

by viblend 5. December 2010 19:14

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of VIBlend Controls for WPF v3.0 - UI Controls for high performance, WPF user interfaces.  VIBlend Controls for WPF includes a shared API with VIBlend Controls for Silverlight and comes with fast data binding that can easily handle hundreds of thousands records.

What’s new in VIBlend Controls for WPF v3.0?

New Controls:

- TabControl, GroupBox, ColorPicker, DropDownButton, SplitButton, RadioButton, CheckBox, Button, ToggleButton, RepeatButton, ScrollViewer, LinkLabel.

Improved:

- All themes get a major facelift for greater consistency and appeal across skin elements such as headers, rows, buttons, scrollbars, selected, default, highlighted, disabled states, etc.

- DataGrid - performance optimizations, support for data binding to a DataTable, cells and headers styling, added scrolling animations, localization support, clipboard operations - Cut(CTRL + X), Copy(CTRL + C) and Paste(CTRL + V), better cells highlight functionality with ability to highlight all cells in a row or column.

New Free Themes:

- Silver, Office2007 Blue, Office2007  Black and Office2007  Silver

  If you want to check out the latest release, it is now available for download.

Scrolling Animation in VIBlend Silverlight DataGrid

by viblend 28. November 2010 10:20

The latest version of VIBlend Controls for Silverlight features significant improvements to the DataGrid’s scrolling capabilities.  DataGrid now offers fast animated smooth scrolling with inertia for impressive UI performance.  In this blog post, we will introduce you how to use the properties that you need to know, in order to set up the DataGrid’s scrolling behavior. The ScrollAnimationMode property allows you to enable or disable the animated scrolling. The DataGrid’s default animation mode is scrolling with intertia,  In order to disable the scrolling, you need to set the ScrollAnimationMode property to ScrollAnimationMode.No_Animation.

C#

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationMode = DataGrid.ScrollAnimationModes.NO_ANIMATION;

VB .NET

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationMode = DataGrid.ScrollAnimationModes.NO_ANIMATION

Use the following code snippet to enable the smooth scrolling mode:

C#

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationMode = DataGrid.ScrollAnimationModes.SMOOTH_SCROLL;

VB .NET

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationMode = DataGrid.ScrollAnimationModes.SMOOTH_SCROLL

VIBlend DataGrid control also supports a beautiful opacity animation while you scroll its content. You can enable this animation by using the ScrollOpacityAnimationEnabled property. The code snippet below enables the scrolling opacity animation:

C#

dataGrid.ScrollOpacityAnimationEnabled = true;

VB .NET

dataGrid.ScrollOpacityAnimationEnabled = True

The ScrollAnimationTime property allows you to change the duration of the scrolling animation. Here is demonstrated how to the set the duration to 1 second:

C#

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationTime = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 1);

VB .NET

dataGrid.ScrollAnimationTime = New TimeSpan(0, 0, 1)

By default, when the user drags the thumb on a scrollbar, the content view continuously updates. In deferred scrolling, the content is updated only when the user releases the thumb. You can enable the deferred scrolling mode by using the DeferredScrollingEnabled property.

For example:

C#

dataGrid.DeferredScrollingEnabled = true;

VB .NET

dataGrid.DeferredScrollingEnabled = True

Highly optimized new version of VIBlend WPF DataGrid is almost here

by viblend 18. November 2010 23:44

The main focus of the upcoming major release is on the WPF DataGrid control. There are two main areas that were the target of improvement – performance and business-oriented features. The performance is improved in various scenarios including navigation, scrolling and data binding. You can easily create an excel-like spreadsheet with thousands of rows and columns or bind the DataGrid to large datasets. Some of the key new features will be the built-in Clipboard support, Localization Provider, enhanced Data Layer through binding to a DataTable and improved support for MVVM. 


 

If you have already worked with the VIBlend Silverlight and WinForms DataGrids, you will also benefit from the shared codebase between our DataGrid controls.

Another small improvement will be the new default theme: 



We sincerely hope that you'll like the new changes and we'll be glad to hear your feedback. If you have any questions regarding the new release, please feel free to contact us at support@viblend.com 

First Look at the new themes for Silverlight

by viblend 29. October 2010 07:24

We are coming close to yet another big release of VIBlend Controls for Silverlight. In the last 2 months, we spent much time on samples, themes and documentation. With the new release you will get 4 new themes for all of our controls.




Another highly anticipated addition to our DataGrid control is the enhanced cells and headers styling.



We will be glad to hear your comments or ideas about what can be improved in our Silverlight suite, so that it may be further extended and enabled with useful features.

VIBlend WinForms Controls v5.0 - Released

by viblend 13. October 2010 21:39
We are pleased to announce the availability of the VIBlend Controls for WinForms ver. 5.0.0. the next generation of user interface controls for Windows Forms from VIBlend. The new release is expanding our commitment to business intelligence and data visualization by adding a Pivot Design panel. The Pivot Design panel integrates with VIBlend DataGrid for Windows Forms and provides an intuitive and easy to use drag and drop interface for defining pivot table views. You can choose the pivot rows, pivot colums, data fields and data aggregation functions.

Key benefits of the new release are:

- 2 new themes for all VIBlend WinForms Controls
- Pivot Design panel
- DataGrid Localization Provider
- Improved Ribbon Bar performance and rendering
- Quick Start projects now have a full support for VS 2010 which will decrease development time

If you want to check out the latest release, it is now available for download.

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