Sneak peek: Fun with colors and themes in WPF

22 October 2009

On the eleventh day of DevExpress Christmas, The XtraRichEdit Team gave me drag and drop functionality! We know that creating a new theme or skin is a very long-winded and tedious process, even with a skin editor such as the one we provide with our WinForms controls. But, generally, you don't want to create a brand new theme, you just want to take a theme that you already have and then just tweak the colors, say from a predominantly blue color to a green one or a pinkish one. Well, the WPF guys as part of their general work in providing themes for our WPF controls have come up with a rather nifty little tool for doing exactly that. It has been enabled in most of our WPF demos, so you'll be able to see it in action once you get v2009.3.

Here's an image of the tool itself. At the moment it's called the Color Scheme Customization Dialog, but that's a little unwieldy for a name and we may change it by the time we ship.


At the moment, it's only activated for the Office 2007 Blue theme. Here's an example of it in use. First I'll show the standard Office 2007 Blue theme in the DXGrid demo:


And a quick spin of the color wheel later, a pink version:



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