What’s in a WPF name? Why don’t you tell us!

UPDATE: If you would like to submit an idea for us please put it into the comments by Friday November 13th Smile

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be an artist. Being able to look at a blank canvas and just go to work creating something visually appealing. At school I really looked forward to Art classes … Not because I was any good at it, just because I shared a table with my best friend and it was the only lesson on the school timetable where we were allowed to sit together. It’ll come as no surprise to some of you that I was a talkative pupil, and most of my detention slips were written as a result of chattering when I should have been working. Well hey, Headmaster. Look at me now. I was employed to chatter and be nice to people!  

As I have often said to our DevExpress designers, my creative talents are on a par with a puppy running riot over a sheet of paper with paint on its paws. In essence, I have a whopping “zero” creative talent.

Colour Swatches ImagesTo be a developer I imagine you need to have the ability to tune into your creative side. I’d guess that web designers certainly have a tough time on their hands as you actively have to try to create an intuitive interface and pre-empt how users will find their way around your site, creating themes and color concepts that are both pleasing to the eye but also functional and familiar to users. It’s a pretty tall order if you really want to make a great job of your design.

Luckily for our WPF developers, the DevExpress WPF team has eased the burden of color schemes design with the new Color Scheme Customization Dialog. The trouble is we think Color Scheme Customization Dialog  is a pretty rubbish name for it.

Julian and I had a “name off” a few weeks back. We battled against each other’s linguistic talents and threw around some (really bad) ideas. We tried “Tint Tool”, “Color Spinner”, “Color Shader”, “Color Compass”, “Hue Hatcher”, “Theme Painter”, “Theme Artist”, … but none of them seemed to adequately sum up what this feature is all about.

Eventually, after realising that naming a feature is actually harder than it first appears, we decided that we’d ask for some professional advice. 

And that’s where you come in! We want you to name this new feature.

It’s simple: if we like your name, we will use it. And we’ll give you a prize to thank you. *

Check out Julian’s posts on the new control here and also here. Get a feel for what it is for and what it could be for as it develops, and then post your suggestions for its name in the comments below this post. The winner will receive a copy of CodeRush with Refactor! Pro with a 12 month subscription (to get your hands on all the latest updates over the next year) as well as a DevExpress goodie bag with t-shirt, hat, 4GB USB pen drive and an iTunes voucher.

*Caveat: While we are really chuffed that you want to submit your name suggestions to us, DevExpress will reserve the right to select a name for this funky new feature that may not submitted as a suggestion below. We can’t really have a commercial feature named the WPF Funk-tastic Funk-a-tron Wheel just because we really like you guys … we do need to be a bit serious about it. But don’t let that stop you submitting your ideas to us!

148 comment(s)
Josh Einstein

Themeweaver

5 November, 2009
Josh Einstein

Resource Kitchen

5 November, 2009
Hans Nieuwenhuis

WPF Colorizer?

5 November, 2009
Hadi Eskandari

I'd name it DXThemeColorizer.

Anyways, its a very good idea. Any ideas when this will be available?

5 November, 2009
Christoph Brändle

Paintwork?

5 November, 2009
Rory Becker - DevExpress

First thoughts: Some good... some really bad :D

Scheme Picker

Scheme Dreamer

Scheme Selector

Scheme Spinner

Wheel of Theme

Theme Dreamer

Theme Picker

Theme Selector

Palette Picker

5 November, 2009
Rory Becker - DevExpress

Theme Extrapolator (sounds kinda painful)

Theme Inferrer

Theme Gun (Ready aim Fire!!!!) <splat/> .....<splat/><splat/>

...I'll get my coat :(

5 November, 2009
Gary Thorpe

Chroma configuration

5 November, 2009
Dirk Illenberger

How about:

Theme Assistant

Theme Artist

Do-it-yourself Theme Creator

Theme factory

5 November, 2009
Simon Gardner

Theme Decorator

Swatch Selector

5 November, 2009
Roland Scheler

PicaDev

SalvadorDev

LeonarDev

ColourDev

MyOwnColourizer

ColourMan

5 November, 2009
David Arkell

Theme Color Tweaker

or

Theme Colorizer

or

Color Me Theme

5 November, 2009
Orhan.Aykut

Color Space

DXColorWheel

5 November, 2009
Junior Thurler

Aquarela / Aquarelle

5 November, 2009
Jose Roig

Rainbow Picker

Handy Rainbow

5 November, 2009
P. Hoogerkamp

Office Theme Generator

5 November, 2009
Schabse Laks

Colorizer or DxColorizer

Color Chooser

Thematron

Color Themes

Manage Colors or Color Manager

5 November, 2009
Sigurd Decroos

Skin Colorizer, Easy Themer, Easy Skinner, Skin Color for Dummies, Theme Color for Dummies, Skinner, Color Adjuster, ...

Too many possibilities for a great tool :)

5 November, 2009
Mark DuCharme

Color Schemer

5 November, 2009
IOANNIS MPOURKELIS

Aesthetics Modifier

5 November, 2009
Roland B

DxThemizer

WPFxRainbower

Theme Rainbower

5 November, 2009
TJ.Gokcen

Rainbow

Art Bubbles

Pratinus (means color in Latin)

5 November, 2009
Rachel Hawley (DevExpress)

I'm submitting one here on behalf of Glenn ... he is fighting a losing battle with the verification do dar:

For some reason several of my posts never make it on the forum when I have to use the verification code…

Anyway in case you didn’t get the name idea…

Julian named it in his post about it…

When you just need to tweak a theme color…

Theme Color Tweaker

Not super fancy…but EVERYONE will get it when they see it.

Regards,

Glenn

5 November, 2009
Alberto R.

Theme It !

5 November, 2009
Brian Chappell

Confluence

5 November, 2009
Bill Woodruff

StyleORama

5 November, 2009
Luca

spectre :D

5 November, 2009
Phil jenson

Colour Swatch

5 November, 2009
Mike McManus

xColorDialog

5 November, 2009
William Capuzzi

Color Sphere

Theme Sphere

5 November, 2009
Ayman Wassif

Chromatophore

Or

Theme Morpher

5 November, 2009
David Hesp

On a HSL theme:

DevLiSH  

LuSH

Others:

Hue and Try

Colorificator

5 November, 2009
Alberto R.

Not sure if my last post was accepted but here it is again.

Theme It !

5 November, 2009
John Vottero

I think obvious name is: kaleidoscope.

5 November, 2009
Loren Knutson

How about

Chameleon

5 November, 2009
Andrew

WPF Funk-tastic Funk-a-tron Wheel gets my vote.

5 November, 2009
Paul van de Sande

ColorSchemeDesigner

ColorPaletteDesigner

PaletteDialog

5 November, 2009
Paul van de Sande

PaletteDesigner

5 November, 2009
Mario

DXRainbow

5 November, 2009
Carlos Loth

Smart Rainbow

Theme Color Designer

Scheme Color Designer

Scheme Theme

Smart Theme Schemer

5 November, 2009
Carlos Loth

ThemeXpress

5 November, 2009
Aaron Young

Theme Wheel

5 November, 2009
Colin Mackay

How about "Colourgasm!" (The exclamation mark is part of the name.)

5 November, 2009
Kevin Killion

ThemeMaker (not terribly novel, but very descriptive and clear)

ThemeDesigner (ditto)

ExpressTheme  (says it all!)

ExpressThematics  (not as compact, but adds drama)

Themerama   ("theme" is what it is, "-rama" invokes the good looks suggested by Cinerama or a panorama)

Themeze, or

ThemeEase   (clear, tells what it is, cutesy to say)

InstantTheme

and possibly my favorite,

AppMotif    (a "leitmotif" is the musical theme for a character in a film, so AppMotif makes the theme for an app!  It also conveys the sense of both development and art, which is what this utility combines.)

Kevin (kevin@shsmedia.com)

5 November, 2009
Michael Iacoviello

WPFThemeExpress

WPFSkinExpress

DxThemeExpress

DxSkinExpress

WPFSkinPallette

WPFSkinPallette

DxThemePallette

DxSkinPallette

5 November, 2009
Toby Miller

Color Splash or WPF Color Splash

5 November, 2009
EarlyBird

EasyColor od dxEasyColor

CustomColor / dxCustomColor

5 November, 2009
John E

Rainbow Guide

5 November, 2009
Douglas Clutter

What About Bob?

(sorry...just kidding)

5 November, 2009
Douglas Clutter

Palette Spinner Dialog?

5 November, 2009
Brad James

TheWheelDeal

5 November, 2009
Andy Nichols

Kind of stream of conciousness, here goes...

(Might be some dupes, sorry)

SkinScape

ThemeEasel

ThemeScape

ColorCanvas

SkinScaper

ThemeScaper

PixelRay

PixRay

PixScape

PixScaper

SkinGallery

ThemeGallery

PixelGallery

ThemeMaster

CanvasMaster

SkinSprayer

PixCan

SkinCan

PixMix

ThemeMixer

PixMixer

5 November, 2009
Grant Levy

DXThemeFactory

5 November, 2009
Jason Burch

DxColorDroplet

WPFColorDroplet

jburch@runningbirdstudios.com

5 November, 2009
James Lund

DxMatisse

5 November, 2009
Marc Brooks

Schemer

The Schematron

Schemator

Thematurgist

5 November, 2009
James Burns

WPFColorWheel

Color Wheel

WPFPaletteWheel

Palette Wheel

WPFRainbow

Rainbow

WPFColorSwatch

Colour Swatch

Hope these help?

5 November, 2009
Bill Lee

Scheme Easel

5 November, 2009
Guido Volkmann

DevPalette

DXpalette

5 November, 2009
Guido Volkmann

DXRainbow

SkinRainbow

5 November, 2009
Salman Khalid

It should be something cool like the control itself...

Perhaps;

1. DX Mix It!

2. DX Dye It! (DXDI for short... ;)

3. DX Rainbow Customizer (just wanted to use one with the word rainbow... :D)

5 November, 2009
Dale Hollins

various combos of "theme", "color", and "automatic":

Thematic

Colormatic

AutoTheme

also...

DevXpression

5 November, 2009
Jochen S.

Atlas Designer

Atlas holds up the sky on his shoulders. The sky coveres earth as a theme colors an application.

5 November, 2009
Nate Laff

DXThemerarator

DXColor-wheel-of-morality (turn, turn turn! -- Animaniacs was awesome. heheh)

5 November, 2009
Jeff Weir

Colour Dial

Colour Dialer

Theme Colour Dial

Theme Colour Dialer

5 November, 2009
Jeff Weir

Skin Effects

Theme Effects

5 November, 2009
nirvesh

color wagon.

N wagon

color N Mesh

pLay wid Color

5 November, 2009
Robert Nagby

Theminator 9000

5 November, 2009
Jeff Weir

Theme Calculator

Skin Calculator

Colour Calculator

Pallete Calculator

Colour Pallete Calculator

5 November, 2009
Linton

DXThemeMaker

DXThemeCatcher

DXThemeFinder

DXThemeBuilder

5 November, 2009
Linton

DXThemeWheel

5 November, 2009
Martin Mott

Dev Color Palette

DX Color Palette

WPF Color Palette

Color Palette

5 November, 2009
George Papadimitriou

PaintBall

my color

three colors

all colors

perfect color

decor style

paint samples

color me

colored

auto paint

cool paint

color chart

color charts

decoration

deco

decor

color house

color ideas

color stories

color list

color match

color stories

color matching

color mix

color shades

color plus

color room

5 November, 2009
Ralf Warnat

Express Mood Color Picker

or

Express Color Mood Picker ?

5 November, 2009
Marcello

Color Wrangler

5 November, 2009
Gus

color gadget

color agent

color widget

5 November, 2009
Paul Mrozowski

Color Stylizer

5 November, 2009
Dennis Oosterkamp

Color Desxpress

5 November, 2009
Steven Vanden Broeck

Spectrum

5 November, 2009
sean kearon

Picasso

5 November, 2009
Dusan Majic

Express ColorSpeck Dialog

5 November, 2009
Chris Shouts

Color Dreamer

Create-a-Theme

Creative Colorizer

Creative Color Picker

DevArtist

DXCustomTheme

DXQuickTheme

5 November, 2009
Loren Knutson

More thoughts:

MixMaster

HueMaster

PaletteMixer

ThemeShifter

SkinShifter

ThemeBlender

PaletteBlender

5 November, 2009
Luis Garcia

PaintXpress

ColorXpress

ColourXpress

PIXpress

dxThemer

dxPainter

dxColorizer

dxPixelator

Pintor

dxPintor

5 November, 2009
David Carmichael

How about GodNotAnotherOne

5 November, 2009
Derek Lavine

ThemeBox

dxThemeBox

ThemeIt

dxThemeIt

NetTheme

EzyTheme

dxEzyTheme

dxEzyColor

dxAppTheme(r)

dxWebTheme(r)

dxLightBox

dxColorSystem

5 November, 2009
Alberto R.

DXThemeArtist

5 November, 2009
Marcello

Color Warrior

5 November, 2009
Dave Morrissey

ColorBubble

Hugh

ColorClone

SwatchTool

Phaser

ColorMap

HueChanger

SchemeChanger

DesignPhaser

ColorPhaser

5 November, 2009
Keith Ebden

Picasso

5 November, 2009
John Newcombe

Theme Artisan

Skin Artisan

5 November, 2009
Byron Baynham_1

DXArtist

DXColorOrb

DXGlamor

DXHarmony

DXHue

DXMatchMaker

DXSkinStudio

DXSplash

DXSpotLight

DXSoleil

DXStarLight

DXSwatch

DXThemeArtist

DXThemeStudio

DXTouchUp

A bit more whacky:

DXBestDressed

DXFantasy

DXFancyPants

DXMoonShine

DXSkinFlake

DXShoeShine

DXSpitAndPolish

5 November, 2009
daren han

Here are my simple and direct names for the dialog box:

Color Scheme Picker.

Color Themes Designer.

Layout Themes Designer.

Skins' Form Designer.

Color Forms Designer.

Color Scheme Designer.

5 November, 2009
Richard Chappell

wpfSkinManager

5 November, 2009
suresh kumar_6

DevColors

DevRainbows

ExpressColors

VIBGYOR

5 November, 2009
suresh kumar_6

DevCreative

DevColorZone

DevColorOffice

DevColorBox

dxColorBox

DevRapidColors

dxColors

ExpressColors

5 November, 2009
Danni Afasyah

XtraColor

Color It!

DXColorization

DXColor-o-Matic

Chromatiq

DXChromatiq

5 November, 2009
Ashok

JazzItUp

5 November, 2009
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

ColorXPress

Colorily

5 November, 2009
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

Colorcasso

Coloralbum

5 November, 2009
Tom Kurland

DXCustomColors

DXColorBubble

DXColorBeGood

5 November, 2009
UCA Developer

XtraPalette

6 November, 2009
John Newcombe

Theme Artisan

Skin Artisan

6 November, 2009
LiaanBV

DxScheme Agent

6 November, 2009
Ravi Shinde

DxSquash

6 November, 2009
Ravi Shinde

DxRainbows

6 November, 2009
Scott G Blood

How about MorphIT or Rainbow :)

or my personal favorite as suggested by misses

"The boring life of a programmer"

:)

6 November, 2009
Alexander Kleinwächter

DXInk for WPF

DXInking for WPF

6 November, 2009
Robert Hahn

DXThemeCustomizer

DXThemeControlCenter

DXThemeAssembler

6 November, 2009
Chris Merritt

iThemeThereforeIAm ;-)

SkinnyDip

6 November, 2009
Jason Helman

DyeHard

SlimShady

ThemePark

6 November, 2009
Ami Patel_1

Color Magician

DxColorMagic

DxEasyThemer

DxColorizer

Theme Scheme Updater

Theme Changer

DxSkinColorUpdater

DxColorBasket

6 November, 2009
quraviharto1@yahoo.com

DxOdy

6 November, 2009
Stefano Monterisi

WPF ONEPaInt (from PantONE colour standard mapping)

6 November, 2009
Peter Hagenaers_1

MoodDisc

StyleDisc

ColorDial

AppearanceDial

6 November, 2009
Peter Hagenaers_1

ColorDisc

6 November, 2009
Daniel Borden

PrizmXPress

NoShadesOfGrayXPress

ColorToneXpress

ColorHarmonyXpress

CodeAChromeXpress

RainbowXpress

OnlyTheShadowKnowsXpress

6 November, 2009
Steve Sharkey

As WPF components/tools start seem to start with DX then I guess this one does too so how about:

DXPalletteShaker

DXThemeShaker

DXColourShaker - I guess that would be DXColorShaker ;o)

DXThemeSpinner

DXColorSpinner

or my favorite

DXPrism

6 November, 2009
Juan Rodríguez

Aquarelle

6 November, 2009
philippe dykmans

Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion Chamelion

Ok. I think you get it now... ;)

6 November, 2009
mihai moldovan

Ahiris

6 November, 2009
Benny Chiang

Schema Rotater?

Or maybe Roulette or something.

6 November, 2009
Nate Laff

DXSkingine

DXWpfPimpatron

6 November, 2009
suresh kumar_6

DevFlexiColors

CoolSelect

ColorDip

DxColorMx

DxColorMax

DevColor-Max

6 November, 2009
suresh kumar_6

DxColorTag

6 November, 2009
suresh kumar_6

DxColorTrick

6 November, 2009
Jennifer Elkhouri

SchemeIt

ColorSchemeIt

Theme Schemerator

6 November, 2009
Steve Wight

Huematron

6 November, 2009
Christopher Todd

Has to be the most replies to one DX post I have ever seen!

Just keep it simple and not too silly.

6 November, 2009
Simon Callcott

Hue Wish

6 November, 2009
Mike F

Looks like a great control.

How about...

DXPrismWheel

6 November, 2009
İletişim Yazilim

DXColorArtisan

6 November, 2009
İletişim Yazilim

DXSchemaMagician

DXMagicPalette

DXPaletteArtisan

DXPaletteMagician

DXColorMagician

DXMagicColors

6 November, 2009
Mohammad Amery

DxThemoShop ( Like PhotoShop )

You can extend this tools to other platform and the name will be OK.

7 November, 2009
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

DxKolorhut

DxColorhut

DxSpectrum

7 November, 2009
Geert Depickere

You start from existing color theme or scheme and you tune it to your likings

Color Theme Tuner (CTT)

Color Scheme Tuner (CST)

7 November, 2009
Geert Depickere

Other suggestions:

DXMakeUp

DXColorPimper

7 November, 2009
Geert Depickere

Here is another one

Spectral Spinner

DXSpectralSpinner

7 November, 2009
Showching Tong

I like simple and intuitive names, it would be great to have a fashion or rocky name, but it also good if the name is simple and intuitive.

I like the name "ThemeEditor", which also consistent with other DX components, maybe you will add prefixes like DX or WPF or suffixes, that would be great too.

BTW, I also like the name "ThemeDesigner" and "ThemeWeaver" provided by others above.

7 November, 2009
Geert Depickere

Color Tuner

Color Theme Tuner (CTT)

Color Scheme Tuner (CST)

Spectral Tuner

UI Pimper ?

DXMakeUp ?

9 November, 2009
Gielen Dejonckheere

DxComplexion

DxComplexio

DxChameleon

DxChamaeleo  

DxColora

DxColoration

DxExpression

DxSpectral

DxIndego

9 November, 2009
yannik steiger

DXThemer

10 November, 2009
Alberto R.

ThemeBrush

ColorBrush

10 November, 2009
monzer

معالج الالوان

hehehe

AToolToChangeThemeColorsByDevexpress

Or

Color Art Board

11 November, 2009
Athanasios Chatzis

DxColorsFoam

DxThemesFoam

DxClolorsBladder

DxThemesBladder

DxColorsBubble

DxThemesBubble

11 November, 2009
Alberto R.

ColorArt

ColorArte

ColorArtist

12 November, 2009
daren han

DXThemesDesigner

DXColorPicker

DXColorThemesDesigner

DXFormMoodsDesigner

DXFormsDesigner

13 November, 2009
RachelHawley

Holy cow! WPF control names really get you guys going! A massive 147 comments were added to the contest

19 November, 2009

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