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!

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Anonymous
Josh Einstein

Themeweaver

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Josh Einstein

Resource Kitchen

5 November 2009
Hans Nieuwenhuis
Hans Nieuwenhuis

WPF Colorizer?

5 November 2009
Anonymous
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
Christoph Brändle

Paintwork?

5 November 2009
Rory Becker - DevExpress
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
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
Gary Thorpe

Chroma configuration

5 November 2009
Dirk Illenberger
Dirk Illenberger

How about:

Theme Assistant

Theme Artist

Do-it-yourself Theme Creator

Theme factory

5 November 2009
Simon Gardner
Simon Gardner

Theme Decorator

Swatch Selector

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Roland Scheler

PicaDev

SalvadorDev

LeonarDev

ColourDev

MyOwnColourizer

ColourMan

5 November 2009
David Arkell
David Arkell

Theme Color Tweaker

or

Theme Colorizer

or

Color Me Theme

5 November 2009
Karbel.SoftwareTeam
Karbel.SoftwareTeam

Color Space

DXColorWheel

5 November 2009
Junior Thurler
Junior Thurler

Aquarela / Aquarelle

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Jose Roig

Rainbow Picker

Handy Rainbow

5 November 2009
P. Hoogerkamp
P. Hoogerkamp

Office Theme Generator

5 November 2009
Schabse Laks
Schabse Laks

Colorizer or DxColorizer

Color Chooser

Thematron

Color Themes

Manage Colors or Color Manager

5 November 2009
Sigurd Decroos
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
Mark DuCharme

Color Schemer

5 November 2009
IOANNIS MPOURKELIS
IOANNIS MPOURKELIS

Aesthetics Modifier

5 November 2009
Roland B
Roland B

DxThemizer

WPFxRainbower

Theme Rainbower

5 November 2009
TJ.Gokcen
TJ.Gokcen

Rainbow

Art Bubbles

Pratinus (means color in Latin)

5 November 2009
Rachel Hawley (DevExpress)
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.
Alberto R.

Theme It !

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Brian Chappell

Confluence

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Bill Woodruff

StyleORama

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Luca

spectre :D

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Phil jenson

Colour Swatch

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Mike McManus

xColorDialog

5 November 2009
William Capuzzi
William Capuzzi

Color Sphere

Theme Sphere

5 November 2009
Ayman Wassif
Ayman Wassif

Chromatophore

Or

Theme Morpher

5 November 2009
David Hesp
David Hesp

On a HSL theme:

DevLiSH  

LuSH

Others:

Hue and Try

Colorificator

5 November 2009
Alberto R.
Alberto R.

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

Theme It !

5 November 2009
John Vottero
John Vottero

I think obvious name is: kaleidoscope.

5 November 2009
Loren Knutson
Loren Knutson

How about

Chameleon

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Andrew

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

5 November 2009
Paul van de Sande
Paul van de Sande

ColorSchemeDesigner

ColorPaletteDesigner

PaletteDialog

5 November 2009
Paul van de Sande
Paul van de Sande

PaletteDesigner

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Mario

DXRainbow

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Carlos Loth

Smart Rainbow

Theme Color Designer

Scheme Color Designer

Scheme Theme

Smart Theme Schemer

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Carlos Loth

ThemeXpress

5 November 2009
Aaron Young
Aaron Young

Theme Wheel

5 November 2009
Colin Mackay
Colin Mackay

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

5 November 2009
Kevin Killion
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
Anonymous
Michael Iacoviello

WPFThemeExpress

WPFSkinExpress

DxThemeExpress

DxSkinExpress

WPFSkinPallette

WPFSkinPallette

DxThemePallette

DxSkinPallette

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Toby Miller

Color Splash or WPF Color Splash

5 November 2009
EarlyBird
EarlyBird

EasyColor od dxEasyColor

CustomColor / dxCustomColor

5 November 2009
Anonymous
John E

Rainbow Guide

5 November 2009
Douglas Clutter
Douglas Clutter

What About Bob?

(sorry...just kidding)

5 November 2009
Douglas Clutter
Douglas Clutter

Palette Spinner Dialog?

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Brad James

TheWheelDeal

5 November 2009
Andy Nichols
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
Grant Levy

DXThemeFactory

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Jason Burch

DxColorDroplet

WPFColorDroplet

jburch@runningbirdstudios.com

5 November 2009
Anonymous
James Lund

DxMatisse

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Marc Brooks

Schemer

The Schematron

Schemator

Thematurgist

5 November 2009
James Burns
James Burns

WPFColorWheel

Color Wheel

WPFPaletteWheel

Palette Wheel

WPFRainbow

Rainbow

WPFColorSwatch

Colour Swatch

Hope these help?

5 November 2009
Bill Lee
Bill Lee

Scheme Easel

5 November 2009
Guido Volkmann
Guido Volkmann

DevPalette

DXpalette

5 November 2009
Guido Volkmann
Guido Volkmann

DXRainbow

SkinRainbow

5 November 2009
Salman Khalid
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
Dale Hollins

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

Thematic

Colormatic

AutoTheme

also...

DevXpression

5 November 2009
Anonymous
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
Nate Laff

DXThemerarator

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

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Jeff Weir

Colour Dial

Colour Dialer

Theme Colour Dial

Theme Colour Dialer

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Jeff Weir

Skin Effects

Theme Effects

5 November 2009
Anonymous
nirvesh

color wagon.

N wagon

color N Mesh

pLay wid Color

5 November 2009
Robert Nagby
Robert Nagby

Theminator 9000

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Jeff Weir

Theme Calculator

Skin Calculator

Colour Calculator

Pallete Calculator

Colour Pallete Calculator

5 November 2009
Linton
Linton

DXThemeMaker

DXThemeCatcher

DXThemeFinder

DXThemeBuilder

5 November 2009
Linton
Linton

DXThemeWheel

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Martin Mott

Dev Color Palette

DX Color Palette

WPF Color Palette

Color Palette

5 November 2009
George Papadimitriou
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
Ralf Warnat

Express Mood Color Picker

or

Express Color Mood Picker ?

5 November 2009
Marcello
Marcello

Color Wrangler

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Gus

color gadget

color agent

color widget

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Paul Mrozowski

Color Stylizer

5 November 2009
Dennis Oosterkamp
Dennis Oosterkamp

Color Desxpress

5 November 2009
Steven Vanden Broeck
Steven Vanden Broeck

Spectrum

5 November 2009
sean kearon
sean kearon

Picasso

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Dusan Majic

Express ColorSpeck Dialog

5 November 2009
Chris Shouts
Chris Shouts

Color Dreamer

Create-a-Theme

Creative Colorizer

Creative Color Picker

DevArtist

DXCustomTheme

DXQuickTheme

5 November 2009
Loren Knutson
Loren Knutson

More thoughts:

MixMaster

HueMaster

PaletteMixer

ThemeShifter

SkinShifter

ThemeBlender

PaletteBlender

5 November 2009
Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia

PaintXpress

ColorXpress

ColourXpress

PIXpress

dxThemer

dxPainter

dxColorizer

dxPixelator

Pintor

dxPintor

5 November 2009
Anonymous
David Carmichael

How about GodNotAnotherOne

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Derek Lavine

ThemeBox

dxThemeBox

ThemeIt

dxThemeIt

NetTheme

EzyTheme

dxEzyTheme

dxEzyColor

dxAppTheme(r)

dxWebTheme(r)

dxLightBox

dxColorSystem

5 November 2009
Alberto R.
Alberto R.

DXThemeArtist

5 November 2009
Marcello
Marcello

Color Warrior

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Dave Morrissey

ColorBubble

Hugh

ColorClone

SwatchTool

Phaser

ColorMap

HueChanger

SchemeChanger

DesignPhaser

ColorPhaser

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Keith Ebden

Picasso

5 November 2009
John Newcombe
John Newcombe

Theme Artisan

Skin Artisan

5 November 2009
Byron Baynham_1
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
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
Richard Chappell

wpfSkinManager

5 November 2009
suresh kumar_6
suresh kumar_6

DevColors

DevRainbows

ExpressColors

VIBGYOR

5 November 2009
suresh kumar_6
suresh kumar_6

DevCreative

DevColorZone

DevColorOffice

DevColorBox

dxColorBox

DevRapidColors

dxColors

ExpressColors

5 November 2009
Danni Afasyah
Danni Afasyah

XtraColor

Color It!

DXColorization

DXColor-o-Matic

Chromatiq

DXChromatiq

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Ashok

JazzItUp

5 November 2009
Anand Narayanaswamy 3
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

ColorXPress

Colorily

5 November 2009
Anand Narayanaswamy 3
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

Colorcasso

Coloralbum

5 November 2009
Anonymous
Tom Kurland

DXCustomColors

DXColorBubble

DXColorBeGood

5 November 2009
UCA Developer
UCA Developer

XtraPalette

6 November 2009
John Newcombe
John Newcombe

Theme Artisan

Skin Artisan

6 November 2009
LiaanBV
LiaanBV

DxScheme Agent

6 November 2009
Ravi Shinde
Ravi Shinde

DxSquash

6 November 2009
Ravi Shinde
Ravi Shinde

DxRainbows

6 November 2009
Scott G Blood
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
Anonymous
Alexander Kleinwächter

DXInk for WPF

DXInking for WPF

6 November 2009
Robert Hahn
Robert Hahn

DXThemeCustomizer

DXThemeControlCenter

DXThemeAssembler

6 November 2009
Anonymous
Chris Merritt

iThemeThereforeIAm ;-)

SkinnyDip

6 November 2009
Anonymous
Jason Helman

DyeHard

SlimShady

ThemePark

6 November 2009
Ami Patel_1
Ami Patel_1

Color Magician

DxColorMagic

DxEasyThemer

DxColorizer

Theme Scheme Updater

Theme Changer

DxSkinColorUpdater

DxColorBasket

6 November 2009
Anonymous
quraviharto1@yahoo.com

DxOdy

6 November 2009
Anonymous
Stefano Monterisi

WPF ONEPaInt (from PantONE colour standard mapping)

6 November 2009
Peter Hagenaers_1
Peter Hagenaers_1

MoodDisc

StyleDisc

ColorDial

AppearanceDial

6 November 2009
Peter Hagenaers_1
Peter Hagenaers_1

ColorDisc

6 November 2009
Anonymous
Daniel Borden

PrizmXPress

NoShadesOfGrayXPress

ColorToneXpress

ColorHarmonyXpress

CodeAChromeXpress

RainbowXpress

OnlyTheShadowKnowsXpress

6 November 2009
Steve Sharkey
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
Juan Rodríguez

Aquarelle

6 November 2009
philippe dykmans
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
mihai moldovan

Ahiris

6 November 2009
Benny Chiang
Benny Chiang

Schema Rotater?

Or maybe Roulette or something.

6 November 2009
Nate Laff
Nate Laff

DXSkingine

DXWpfPimpatron

6 November 2009
suresh kumar_6
suresh kumar_6

DevFlexiColors

CoolSelect

ColorDip

DxColorMx

DxColorMax

DevColor-Max

6 November 2009
suresh kumar_6
suresh kumar_6

DxColorTag

6 November 2009
suresh kumar_6
suresh kumar_6

DxColorTrick

6 November 2009
Jennifer Elkhouri
Jennifer Elkhouri

SchemeIt

ColorSchemeIt

Theme Schemerator

6 November 2009
Steve Wight
Steve Wight

Huematron

6 November 2009
Christopher Todd
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
Anonymous
Simon Callcott

Hue Wish

6 November 2009
Mike F
Mike F

Looks like a great control.

How about...

DXPrismWheel

6 November 2009
İletişim Yazilim
İletişim Yazilim

DXColorArtisan

6 November 2009
İletişim Yazilim
İletişim Yazilim

DXSchemaMagician

DXMagicPalette

DXPaletteArtisan

DXPaletteMagician

DXColorMagician

DXMagicColors

6 November 2009
Anonymous
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
Anand Narayanaswamy 3

DxKolorhut

DxColorhut

DxSpectrum

7 November 2009
Geert Depickere
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
Geert Depickere

Other suggestions:

DXMakeUp

DXColorPimper

7 November 2009
Geert Depickere
Geert Depickere

Here is another one

Spectral Spinner

DXSpectralSpinner

7 November 2009
Showching Tong
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
Geert Depickere

Color Tuner

Color Theme Tuner (CTT)

Color Scheme Tuner (CST)

Spectral Tuner

UI Pimper ?

DXMakeUp ?

9 November 2009
Gielen Dejonckheere
Gielen Dejonckheere

DxComplexion

DxComplexio

DxChameleon

DxChamaeleo  

DxColora

DxColoration

DxExpression

DxSpectral

DxIndego

9 November 2009
yannik steiger
yannik steiger

DXThemer

10 November 2009
Alberto R.
Alberto R.

ThemeBrush

ColorBrush

10 November 2009
Anonymous
monzer

معالج الالوان

hehehe

AToolToChangeThemeColorsByDevexpress

Or

Color Art Board

11 November 2009
Athanasios Chatzis
Athanasios Chatzis

DxColorsFoam

DxThemesFoam

DxClolorsBladder

DxThemesBladder

DxColorsBubble

DxThemesBubble

11 November 2009
Alberto R.
Alberto R.

ColorArt

ColorArte

ColorArtist

12 November 2009
daren han
daren han

DXThemesDesigner

DXColorPicker

DXColorThemesDesigner

DXFormMoodsDesigner

DXFormsDesigner

13 November 2009
Anonymous
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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