ASP.NET CSS Style Builder (coming in v2011 vol 2)

Thinking Out Loud
25 September 2011

DXperience v2011 vol 2 will introduce 2 new Theme Builders - I've already talked about our WPF Theme Editor and now, I'd like to describe our upcoming ASP.NET Theme Builder application - a standalone tool allowing you to modify themes we ship with our ASP.NET product line.

ASP.NET Theme and CSS Style Builder 

The DevExpress ASP.NET Theme Builder allows you to:

  • Create new or modify previously generated Themes.
  • Select individual controls and their elements using the Control Navigator (left most pane).
  • Activate/Disable selection mode above the Preview pane. If active, you can select control elements within the preview, much like FireBug.
  • When you select a control element, you can view the CSS rules used for rendering the element. You can edit them as text or use the controls below the Preview pane.
  • You can edit the skin file for the selected control by using the Skin pane.
  • Modify images (for css and skins) using an external editor which can be specified via the Options page of the ASP.NET Theme Builder.
  • Themes can be saved in a desired folder.
  • Change Theme properties (name, control set) using the Theme Properties form.
  • And of course, you can build a Theme assembly and use it in your web project.

That's about it for now...Keep tuned to our blogs as we'll provide more information on the Theme Builder in the coming days...


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Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd

I generally go with the themes as they are, but my co-worker loves changing it up. It is always too much work and frustration.

Great work guys!

26 September 2011
Thomas Zettl
Thomas Zettl

Great !

27 September 2011
Andre Azevedo
Andre Azevedo


Any chances to include XAF styles on it?

27 September 2011
David Mustard
David Mustard

Oh man! this is fantastic. I usuallu take a theme which is as near as I need and then complete all the specialist matching colors. It's a bit of a trial when there's a #D bezel needed on any of the controls but this will hopefully put paid to all that extra grunt work. Thanks!

27 September 2011
Peter Thorpe
Peter Thorpe

Cool.I usually want to tweak the themes a little.

What will happen with upgrades though. If we modify a theme will we have to do the same mods again at each release?

28 September 2011
Dennis (DevExpress)
Dennis Garavsky (DevExpress)

@Andre: Thank you for asking. We plan to make it to work with XAF styles in future releases. You can track the following suggestion to be automatically notified when it will support XAF:

29 September 2011
Lucian Mateescu
Lucian Mateescu

Great work, thanks for update, it was needed.

29 November 2011

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