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WPF TabControl transition effects with Transitionals

May 13th, 2008

Transitionals is a WPF framework that allows you to integrate nice transition effects into your WPF application with very little effort. It’s gone live a few days ago on CodePlex and definitely worth checking out:

http://www.codeplex.com/transitionals

 

I’ve downloaded the library today in order to incorporate a little eye candy into a prototype I’m doing. However, what I wanted to do was adding transition effects on a tab control, which is currently not supported out of the box by the framework:

Currently Transitionals ships with only two controls out of the box [...]. Other controls, like a Tab control for example, could also be created. We encourage the community to come up with other common navigation and presentation scenarios that can leverage transitions.

This sounded like a lot of work, but luckily, it wasn’t: TabControl provides a ContentTemplate property which can be bound to a data template. This is were I put a TransitionElement control and bound it to the current content of the tab control:

<DataTemplate x:Key="TabTemplate">
  <t:TransitionElement Content="{Binding}">
    <!-- some more stuff -->
  </t:TransitionElement>
</DataTemplate>

<!-- tab control with content template -->
<TabControl ContentTemplate="{StaticResource TabTemplate}" />

 

These bindings take care of everything – a tab switch changes the content of the TransitionElement, which triggers a transition animation. All that was left to do was configuring a transition effect and adding some content to the tab control. Here’s the complete listing that uses a 3D rotation effect:

 

<Grid>
  <Grid.Resources>

    <!-- the data template binds the content to a transition element -->
    <DataTemplate x:Key="TabTemplate">
      <t:TransitionElement Content="{Binding}">
        <!-- rotate tab contents -->
        <t:TransitionElement.Transition>
          <trans:RotateTransition Duration="0:0:1.500"
                                  Angle="90" />
        </t:TransitionElement.Transition>
      </t:TransitionElement>
    </DataTemplate>

  </Grid.Resources>


  <TabControl ContentTemplate="{StaticResource TabTemplate}">

    <TabItem Header="First">
      <!-- some content -->
    </TabItem>

    <TabItem Header="Second">
     <!-- some content -->
    </TabItem>

  </TabControl>

</Grid>

 

My sample contains two tabs which both display the same image. Accordingly, the code snippet above produces the following 3D effect when switching tabs:

transition

Author: Categories: WPF, WPF Controls Tags: ,

Details about upcoming SP1 for VS2008 and .NET 3.5

May 13th, 2008

Scott Guthrie has posted a great summary about the various improvements of the upcoming SP1 for both Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5. No matter what kind of development you’re currently involved with, there’s definitely something to be really looking foward to :-)

A beta is available now, the final release can be expected this summer. Check out the full post here: Scott’s Blog

Regarding WPF, there’s a more in-depth post by Tim Sneath – check it out here: Tim’s Blog

Author: Categories: .NET Tags: ,