WPF ribbon control RTW now available for free download
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It’s been a while. But now, the WPF ribbon control is available as a free download for all of you. And no, it’s not a wrapper – it’s the real deal – and it also come with application templates and design-time support for Expression Blend and Visual Studio. By popular demand – you can expect more WPF tutorials for ribbon control.
Loyal readers of this blog still can remember that one of the first tutorial series (and still one of the most popular ones) on the UXPassion.com blog was about the free WPF ribbon control. Then you also can remember that I stopped the tutorials after Microsoft said that they would slow down their development since they needed to focus on the .NET Framework 4.0 release and many others things. So, after a quite some time:
Don’t wait – go and DOWNLOAD THE FREE WPF RIBBON CONTROL – it is now available for you to download from here.
If you have been following my older WPF ribbon tutorials you will be good to start with this. Anyhow, I will provide you with new tutorials very soon to make sure you can start and utilize this great control.
So, what’s new?
First thing is the installation experience – you have a .MSI installer that will install the WPF Ribbon control on your computer and will also install (if you want to) its source code and samples. Keep in mind that the source code is just for your reference and should be used in that manner. Also keep in mind that this Microsoft WPF Ribbon control will work on .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and .NET Framework 4.0.
MVVM support is now here – ICommand welcome for RibbonButton control! This was something that Microsoft has been citing as a major thing and a reason why WPF ribbon control development was stalled earlier. Now, with this – advanced and modern development scenarios are supported.
Design-time support for Expression Blend and Visual Studio is now available.. Since this is a real control, not a wrapper around native code, you should be able to utilize all the great stuff regarding templating and styling in Visual Studio and (my personal suggestion) Expression Blend 4.
New project templates for Visual Studio and Expression Blend. However, at this time there seems to be no support for Express editions of Visual Studio – and I’m not sure if Microsoft will add support to those in future, though I’d hope for it.
WPF ribbon tutorials
New WPF ribbon tutorials will be available on UXPassion.com very soon – and they will cover numerous topics staring from really basic techniques to adding and working with sizing behaviors, quick access toolbar, styling and templating controls and I’ll cover a number of UX approaches and ideas for you. So, stay tuned and, again, thanks for all the continuous support with the first WPF ribbon tutorial series.
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