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Presentation Toolset in Testing Phase

IdentityMine has released a community technology preview, or CTP, of a toolset for Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) developers called "Blendables."

The CTP of Blendables contains the following tools, according to an IdentityMine press release:

  • Zoombox: Allows content to be panned in any direction or zoomed in or out using a multitude of user inputs.
  • Carousel3D: A 3D elliptical layout control with full ItemsControl-like functionality.
  • ChromelessWindow: Enables applications to stand out by creating a custom-branded window experience while still keeping the default window chrome functionality.
  • TimelinePanel: Creates compelling visualizations that emphasize the chronological nature of a data set.
  • EvalBinding/SimpleBinding: Data binding that adjusts in real-time based not only on application properties, but also off of actual code evaluation -- all with XAML mark-up.
  • DragAndDrop:  Enables drag and drop functionality on a number of built-in windows elements such as ListBox, ListView and TreeView.
  • OSChecker: Allows a designer to create a custom application experience contingent with the OS Version.
  • Pie: Creates any type of elliptical visual such as pie charts, speedometers and gauges.
  • ElementSnapshot: Enables greater designer creativity by alleviating performance degradation when exploiting advanced visual effects.
  • NumericRangeToObjectConverter: Triggers application behaviors not only on a single value, but on a specific range of values.

Tacoma, Wash.-based IdentityMine, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, stated that this is the first mix of tools offered under the Blendables moniker, implying that more will be forthcoming. The tools extend the functionality of the basic WPF platform.

Blendables, IdentityMine said in the release, is Windows-specific. The CTP of Blendables can be downloaded from www.blendables.com.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Blendables as a toolset for the WPFe, or Silverlight, platform. We regret the error.

About the Author

Keith Ward is editor of Virtualization Review magazine. You can contact Keith at kward@1105media.com.

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