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‘Twas the week before MIX, when all through the tubes
Not a developer was sleeping, not even the noobs.

The laptops were paved removed of their glitz
In hopes that they soon will get some new bits.

A developer was coding, building an app
Trying to build the next greatest XAP

Battleship gray?! Now that’s obscene
Check our designers’ latest theme

Okay, so I’m not going to win any poetry awards.  Our UX design team for Silverlight has been thinking about app building a lot this past year, gathering valuable input from developers, designers and end-users about how people interact with applications, primarily line-of-business applications (<shudder>I hate that term</shudder>).  Hot off the press here is a preview of some of the things we’ve been thinking about from a XAML theme perspective.

First, I present to you codename Grayscale.  Some subtle twists on existing base themes but not detracting too much from the ‘traditional’.  (larger view here).

Grayscale Silverlight Theme

Up next is codename Windows Theme (yeah, original I know, gimme a break here I’m making these up).  Taking a cue from Windows 7 system design, this theme brings familiarity to the end-user. (larger view here).

Windows Silverlight Theme

And finally, Metro.  Taking a cue perhaps from Zune desktop (and device) software design, a clean but fun theme for any application (larger view here).

Metro Silverlight Theme
So there you have some preview of some Silverlight application themes we’ve been playing around with.  I know the design team is enthusiastic about getting these in the hands of developers/designers. 

What do you think?



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3/11/2010 5:27 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Looks great Tim, I'm excited!
3/11/2010 7:51 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Oh wow - super psyched! These look great. As much as I hate to say it, some of the existing themes don't look professional enough for 'line-of-business' apps. These are great and will be much appreciated. Hopefully this will encourage your team to continue making themes!
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3/11/2010 8:56 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
What about a white on black Metro theme? I find the new WMP7 UX interesting. Almost Star Trek NG bridge computer like.
3/11/2010 9:23 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
The themes look professional and clean! As an independent "design-challenged" .NET developer, I wouldn't mind paying to have access to professionally developed templates.

I'm a bit surprised web template design companies like DreamTemplate.com haven't capitalized on the growing Silverlight market... yet.

Anybody know where to get professional-level Silverlight themes today? Yeah, I'm that bad at UX Design. :)
3/11/2010 10:23 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Woot! When does it ship?
3/11/2010 11:36 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Tim, that zune theme is great, oh and your poetry is not bad at all. The zune one I have to ask if that contso app is real or not and if it will be available as a sample/demo after or during mix ? or can you get it today ?
3/11/2010 11:40 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Steve -- the contoso app isn't real right now (should it be?) -- these are just comps of the the themes.
3/12/2010 2:42 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Yes these look very good, clean and professional. I haven't been able to find themes up until now that have looked professional enough for serious use. The Silverlight Toolkit themes (IMHO) are still not good enough for using in customer apps but these look great. I'm amazed too that no one has set-up a good xaml template theme site for Silverlight with themes like this in for sale, I'd be a regular customer. I think there is a definite gap in the market for someone there. I can't afford a designer and to have something off the shelf that looks good and I can possibly tweak would be priceless. Keep them coming :-)
3/12/2010 3:20 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
For the datagrid items in Windows Theme, the rendered font is crystal clear - are there upgrades to font rendering? :)
3/12/2010 4:58 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Tim, I love it!!!!! Share the love :) and code.

Can you tell me if SL4 will be able to encode webcam video and stream this to WMS server or something like that. Let the secret out I can't hold it anymore.
3/12/2010 7:12 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Awesome, Gimme Gimme!!
3/12/2010 7:24 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
The more free themes that are out there, the better. I'd like to see a good hundred of them available someday on the Expression Gallery site. I can make my LOB apps look good, but I'm no professional graphic designer (like most developers). Also, like most software companies, I don't have the luxury of a graphic designer on my team. Thanks to your UX team for making these.
3/12/2010 8:54 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Oguz - no encoding in SL4 runtime :-( -- I know...

3/12/2010 11:24 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
They look very smart indeed. I only hope SL4 controls look much better than their predecessors' 'out of the box' defaults, so when we sit in front of customers to quickly create mock ups, we don't have those blurry (cyan) mouseover/selected effects on buttons etc. Simpler, 'wireframe' control outlines more akin to ASP.NET controls would be better (or akin to WPF defaults?) because customers can more easily envisage how a final app might look without getting distracted by something rather too subjective.
3/12/2010 1:06 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
The dropdown behavior of ComboBox control in silverlight should be corrected!
os-native combobox and ie combobox and wpf combobox all drop down on mousedown, while sl's combobox drops down when mouse up! This is inconsistent and leads to less operation efficiency.
3/12/2010 1:34 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Great stuff, I'd love to get my hands on the Metro theme!
3/13/2010 4:01 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Awesome! Looks great Tim. When will these themes be available?
3/13/2010 1:02 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Very very nice, I'm looking for your next training videos.
Rachida
3/24/2010 1:16 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
When will these be available to download? Can we get the apps as well? Skeleton is all we want.
3/24/2010 9:26 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Hayden - these will be available a bit after/during SL4 release (so we don't have to release them twice)
3/29/2010 7:24 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Such a tease! Give it here already! :-)
4/15/2010 2:31 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Great themes!!!

Are these going to available soon :)
4/15/2010 10:35 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Any timelines on release of these themes, now that SL4 is live :)
4/15/2010 11:29 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Pooran -- likely next week we hope -- finishing up some fit-n-finish work.
4/18/2010 1:34 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Hi,

They don't seem to be available as of 18-Apr.
Will it be released with some more "surprises"?

Thanks.
4/22/2010 1:47 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Any news? Eagerly awaiting...
4/23/2010 4:09 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Joe/Chad/Mahesh/Siko -- still not done with some UI QA passes. Stay tuned. I'll post an update on my blog on when/how to get them.
4/23/2010 4:17 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Thanks Tim! I'll keep checking your blog.
4/24/2010 8:25 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Tim,
Looks like we cannot test Silverlight apps using Test studio yet. Can you confirm the same?
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4/30/2010 11:54 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
I feel like a little kid on a long road trip... Is it done yet? Sorry, had to throw that in there.
5/2/2010 8:00 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
ETA?
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5/7/2010 12:24 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Any updates...
5/8/2010 4:32 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Eagerly looking forward to these themes ... Please let us know when we can expect.
5/8/2010 6:21 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
5/16/2010 12:31 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes

Awesome! Thanks Tim. We are pulling them down.
9/9/2010 2:16 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Tim u seems to be of gr8888 help , man thanks for all ur efforts .
Just because I have started learning about silverlight .....Please update have u planned about a book or a series of video's on WCF and Silverlight....

Guys If you think i am correct ....lets please request Tim to do some more video's for us.
9/9/2010 8:29 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Yes Kapsi I am with you and vote that Tim should do this......

Ti can you please explain one of the templates I mean how should we start usinng them can you provide any sample project built on it so that we can download.

Thanks in advance.
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5/4/2011 4:06 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
Are there are any website locations for silverlight templates that you can suggest?
Thanks
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7/20/2011 1:14 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
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7/20/2011 9:51 PM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
I wondered why I never looked at it before. Glad to know that there’s an individual out there that definitely understands what he’s discussing. Great job
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9/21/2011 6:35 AM | # re: SNEAK PEEK: New Silverlight application themes
These themes can be used for the navigation template provided by the Silverlight 4 Tools installer or using the various resource dictionaries provided in this download. hire a java programmer

 
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