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This morning we published the final release of the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio and WCF RIA Services.  In April, when Silverlight 4 was released, the tools were still in “RC” status.  Today, they are no longer and are officially released.  There is no new update to Silverlight itself, but these tools are the final bits of this version.

Get the Tools

If you have a clean machine you can get everything you need using the Web Platform Installer by clicking on the link at the Silverlight community site.  This will install Silverlight Tools, Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, Silverlight Toolkit and the RIA Services Toolkit in one step for you.

NOTE: If you have a previous version of the RIA Services Toolkit installed you MUST uninstall that prior to installing any new version.

Optionally you can grab the direct Silverlight 4 Tools installer here.  This will install the tools and WCF RIA Services for you and can be installed on top of any existing RC installation as it will uninstall previous tools and WCF RIA Services for you.

Watch some info about the tools and RIA Services release:

New Themes Released

Today we also are making available the final version of the 3 new application themes we developed.  These include the Accent Color, Windows 7 and Cosmopolitan themes.  The download contains Visual Studio 2010 template installers, Blend 4 compatible templates as well as the raw resource dictionary assets and sample projects.  Final versions for the RIA Services business application template will be coming as we identified some last minute changes we need to make.  You can, of course, use the raw assets and tweak them into your existing applications as needed.

NOTE: A word on ‘Cosmopolitan’ name change.  Many have asked if Metro is being renamed.  The term ‘Cosmopolitan’ refers only to the name given to this application template and is arbitrary.  Metro is the code name for the design language found in Windows Phone 7 and other applications.  It is not a literal theme name or anything else and is a term referred to internally.  This template simply was renamed to Cosmopolitan.

You can download the themes here: Silverlight 4 Application Themes.  There is a README_FIRST file explaining the different files. 

Thanks for your patience as we finalized the release of the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio and these accompanying templates.



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5/17/2010 1:47 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
That is great. Thank you!
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5/17/2010 3:02 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Thank you so much Tim! Finally!
5/17/2010 3:46 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
That's indeed great news! I was waiting for an offcial release of the new themes! Thanks.
5/17/2010 5:14 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Great. By the way, any idea when the final piece, Blend 4, likely to RTM? Likely to be this week?
5/17/2010 6:14 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Bravo for the final release, I hope you continue adding more video tutorials.
Thanks again,
Rachida
5/17/2010 9:39 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Awesome.. looking for download buttons :)
5/17/2010 9:56 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Excellent news. We were eager to get this thing installed in our PC's. Thank you very much.
5/18/2010 3:35 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Tim,
Thanks for providing the extra tips (e.g. that it uninstalls previous versions). I was looking for that information, and didn't find it anywhere else. You might want to double-check about the Silverlight Toolkit -- That did not appear in the list that would be installed or uninstalled when I ran the setup.
5/18/2010 3:45 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
John -- the Toolkit is not a part of the tools chainer. It is independent right now so this tools installer doesn't install or uninstall it. You can, however, use the Web Platform Installer mentioned above to install everything in one swoop.
5/19/2010 4:35 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Eric - to associate RIA Services and Silverlight to an existing web project, add a Silverlight project first (it will then give you the option of associating it with the web project) and choose to 'enable RIA services'.

In doing this you'll get pretty vanilla implementation -- the Biz App Template is more of a greenfield starting point. You could choose to add a new Silverlight Nav App and get a lot of the legwork, but not the same template.
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5/20/2010 1:21 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Ever since i installed this update when editing xaml it takes about 1.5 seconds for a keystroke on show up on the screen and if i select something from the intellisense drop down it immediately crashes the ide. Anyone have a similar experience and know how to fix it ?
5/21/2010 1:45 AM | # Possible bug?
Thanks for the great themes!

I am using Cosmopolitan in a production project and found that the ScrollBar style (in CoreStyles.xaml) ties up most of the CPU when there is a ScrollBar on the screen. I am using the raw XAML resources. Anyone have a similar experience and recommendation?
5/22/2010 5:38 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Nice themes ! We need more themes !
How the theme is delivered is nice, easy to use, custom, bla2
5/22/2010 5:46 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
@fab
Turn off xaml designer,
Tools-Options-TextEditor-Xaml-Misc
check Always open document in full Xaml view

@CarlMon
I use those 3 themes on 1 project, "but i only use what i need"
don't see any performance problem yet
my similiar but not same when using toolkit theme
and u do this
<theme:RainierPurple><yourControl></theme:RainierPurple>
that thing is slow
5/23/2010 10:10 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Only C# versions of the themes? What about vb.net?
5/23/2010 11:29 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Tim, I've been trying for days to disable the password strength on the Business template. I've tried to edit the domain service by editing the min length and the regular expression, but neither seems to make a difference. I've also tried editing the web.config membership, as I did in the ASP.NET projects, but this didn't work either.

Any idea how I can change the complexity? I only need 5 characters and no special characters, as it's an internal app.

Thanks

6/8/2010 6:51 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
谢了...
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6/25/2010 10:02 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Hi I am new to Silverlight 4 & WCF. I am confused whether to go for WCF Data services or RIA Services with my project. My project is a simple book search & read kind of portal.
6/27/2010 10:03 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Tim,
I am getting blurry font rendering as explained by 'Axel' in the comments. Any fix? I use Windows7 and have Clear Type enabled. I disabled Clear type.. but the problem persists.
Any fix?
7/11/2010 7:21 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Hi Tim,
Has MS taken down the links to the new themes because there is no button for downloading them from that link you posted above, and neither does it redirect me to the alternate Bing site.

Thanks!
7/14/2010 12:39 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Scott, look down at the bottom of that page and there are 3 download links.

Hope this helps.

Terrence.
10/27/2010 4:36 AM | #  Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
I have a question

In my case i am using Wcf Ria enable web site.i am using Domainservice and wcf service in one project. it working fine on my development machine but when i host this site one IIS. Wcf service method work fine but domainService method throw and error the error is

System.ServiceModel.DomainServices.Client.OperationBase.Complete(Exception error)

please advice me

Thanks in advance
10/30/2010 3:47 PM | # 2 Bugs in Cosmopolitan Theme
Hi, I've been using the wonderful RIA Silverlight themes over the past couple of months with generally a very good experience. However, I've noticed 2 bugs that I thought Microsoft should be aware of. Maybe others have experienced the same?

(1) After logging in using the built-in "Login" button at the top of the screen, there's no indication that you've actually logged in. It would be nice to have a message like "John Smith is logged in."

(2) If you set the SelectionMode to Extended or Multiple on a ListBox control and select several items, the items will remain highlighted only if you're careful not to pass the mouse over them. As soon as you do, the items lose their highlighting.

Any chance these things could be fixed in a future update?

Many thanks!
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2/20/2011 12:34 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
Current themes of SilverLight are much better than previous versions and I think its a sign of continuous development. Team behind these themes must be congratulated for this achievement. mortgage lenders Cheers
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9/27/2011 1:31 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Tools, WCF RIA Services and Themes Released
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