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Jochen Kühner

August 2013 - Posts

  • New in WPF: Set RenderTransformOrgin

    One more new feature I've added to the WPF Designer: you can now drag around the RenderTransformOrgin. You have the ability to rotate controls in the designer, and also you can change the center of the rotation.

     Additionally, a few bugs were fixed:


    • Don't clear names when pasting from Clipboard, add "_Copy", "_Copy1", ...
    • Fix line number when we have XAML errors
    • When RenderTransformOrigin is not yet set and we rotate, use 0.5, 0.5


  • New in WPF: Thumbnail View

    One more feature as part of the pull request for SharpDevelop 4.3.2 - a new pad, the thumbnail view. It is very helpful when you edit very large forms (and I mean veeery large forms).

    It always shows a miniature view of the whole form/control, and a black rectangle indicates the current zoomed area. You can also use it to move the zoomed area around!

  • New in WPF Designer: Rotation Support

    The WPF Designer has learned a new trick in 4.3.2 - you can interactively rotate controls. How does it work? Select a control and click on the black dot in the middle of the control. The mouse cursor changes to a rotate arrow, and you are good to go!

  • New in WPF: Raster Placement Support

    Enable/Disable raster and Snapline placement is another one of the VS / Blend parity features that I added to 4.3.2. It allows to set the raster width

    Here's how it looks:


  • New in WPF: A Few "Invisible" Features / Bug Fixes

    There are also a few new features in 4.3.2 which are not directly visible, so I will mention them here:

    • Copy/Paste support for controls which are not from the framework assemblies
    • Copy/Paste will keep position of controls
    • "Graying out" the designer area works now correctly (ie non-active grid cells)
    • Convert User Controls to Custom Controls (Property Grid, Outline View). This may be only interesting for people who use our designer embedded in their applications, but they'll appreciate it.
    • Gradient brushes can now be represented as XAML and parsed
    • Default control size: if a control sets a default size in its style this is now actually used.
    • Move Controls via Arrow Keys
    • Many namespace support fixes (from Tobias Gummeson)

    Those are only a few of the fixes under the hood - but the most visible ones. Hopfully they'll help you too.

  • New in WPF Designer: Support for Outline View to Show/Hide Controls

    In SharpDevelop 4.3.2 (currently on the build server only), I implemented a feature which is available in VS and Expression Blend: to Show/Hide Controls from the Outline View. For this I also implemented support for Design Time Properties.

    A picture is worth a thousand words as it also shows another new feature: preview of the respective control in the outline view.

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