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The feedback from the Silverlight 4 application themes released and the latest in process have been overwhelmingly toward the positive.  We appreciate the feedback and hopefully you appreciate the transparency in the process.  As a developer I want my fellow brethren to appreciate good design and use it whenever possible … even as a default if you don’t have designers on board.

In the initial release we had some issues getting the RIA Services ones out at the same time but we’ve got those finished now for Silverlight 4 Business Application Template. 

Download the refreshed Silverlight 4 themes (inlcuding RIA Services templates) here.

NOTE: If the page still says version 1.0, then refresh a while or wait a bit.  Seems our servers have been having a bit of caching issues lately.

At the link above you’ll find 3 files to download:

  • README_FIRST.txt – please read this :-) but basically I’m writing the same thing here.
  • SL4Themes-templates.zip – this includes a folder for Expression Blend and Visual Studio templates.  The VS folder also has a sub-folder for the RIA Services templates.
  • SL4Themes-rawassets.zip – this is another (optional) zip that includes the resource dictionaries for each template on their own without any Silverlight project.

We had an issue with the VSIX format (VSIX is the community installer format for Visual Studio to make deployment of things like templates a bit easier) and the RIA Services templates, so for now it is a manual copy process (see the README_FIRST file for location).  Thanks to Corrina, Tsitsi and Deepesh for their help in refreshing these templates!

ETA on the new template will be a few weeks.  I’ll post updates of the progress likely on my Twitter feed.

Hope this helps!



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6/4/2010 3:43 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Hi Tim,

You said "We had an issue with the VSIX format (VSIX is the community installer format for Visual Studio to make deployment of things like templates a bit easier) and the RIA Services templates, so for now it is a manual copy process (see the README_FIRST file for location)."

Does this relate to Blend 4 only or does it also apply to the VS installs? I ask because vthere is "location" information in the README_FIRST, but nothing for VS.

Thanks ... bill
6/4/2010 3:58 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Bill -- in the ZIP there is a VS2010 folder. Within that are 3 VSIX files -- these are the Silverlight Navigation Application templates and install fine. There is also the RIA Services folder which contains the RIA services-specific templates.

Blend doesn't understand the VSIX format so they always have a manual process. I thought about putting these in an actual installer, but thought that was overkill...what do you think?
6/4/2010 6:02 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Tim - I agree -- putting the Blend stuff into an installer is overkill!
6/4/2010 7:52 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Seems that the RIA Services templates (at least accent colour), are dependant on silverlight toolkit being installed, and you need to manually add a reference to the assembly system.windows.controls.Toolkit.

When you do add the reference there is a ambiguous reference between System.Windows.Controls.BusyIndicator and BusinessApplication4.Controls.BusyIndicator.

This is on Visual Web Developer 2008 with the latest (i.e. May 2010) Silverlight 4 Tools (RIA Services), Silverlight 4 and (now) Silverlight 4 Toolkit installed.


6/4/2010 7:59 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Oops, make that Visual Web Developer 2010
6/5/2010 4:50 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Hi,

sorry, what's changed on the theme ?
6/5/2010 8:05 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Andrew -- not much, this is mostly including the RIA Services templates (which weren't included before) and some minor tweaks. You could copy the updated XAML over your existing applications if you wanted.
6/5/2010 8:06 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Graeme -- yes, good point and I forgot to point that out. Normally the RIA Services doesn't use all the toolkit features, but since we provided styles for them all, we added those dependencies. As to the ambiguous reference, I'll take a look at that...I didn't get that in my testing.
6/6/2010 2:39 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Ambiguons reference isn't related to these new themes.

Juste create a standard SL Business application, add a busyIndicator from toolkit, and you have a conflict between this busyindicator and the busyindicator used in the register user page.

But whatever you answer to this conflict, that's work fine :)
6/7/2010 6:52 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Tim, when using the AccentColor theme, the DataGrid disappears when wrapped in a BusyIndicator with IsBusy = true. To save you some time, the issue lies somewhere within the DataGrid's style (not the BusyIndicator style). Haven't been able to find it yet, but haven't put much time into it either...

Thanks!
6/9/2010 6:56 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Tim,
I am getting the same ambiguous BusyIndicator error and all I did was add the Themes, Toolkit and Toolkit.Internals dlls.

Looking forward to a fix on this so I can try out the themes .
6/9/2010 2:55 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Not only are these themes very smart and made my app look hugely polished over the 'out of box' defaults, they've helped me understand the attributes that I need to change to get things looking the way I want. Great stuff!
6/16/2010 2:40 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Just a thought.. as the cosmopolitan theme mimics the Zune desktop software, it would be cool if the theme has that transition when we move between pages.. just a kind of swish when loading the list :)

Good work.. themes are really cool!
6/17/2010 12:44 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
I have installed the themes and after creating a silverlight bussiness app with the cosmopolitan theme two messages are issued in the Error List:
Error 1 Object reference not set to an instance of an object. ...\Assets\ToolkitStyles.xaml
Error 2 An error occurred while finding the resource dictionary "Assets/ToolkitStyles.xaml"....Projects\TheWebSite\TheWebSite\app.xaml

The indicated line of code points to:
<layouttoolkit:AccordionButton x:Name="ExpanderButton" ... ContentTemplate="{TemplateBinding HeaderTemplate}" ..."/>
Where the reference to the HeaderTemplate is underlined.
Although the same TemplateBindung occurs in the same file at other places without being indicated as an error.
Any ideas?
6/21/2010 9:45 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Simon -- thanks for the notes. You can keep reporting them here or send me an email timheuer@microsoft.com
6/27/2010 12:57 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Also what I would find very usefull is a style map...
I mean when I look at your preview and want to reuse the different styles, I can't tell juste by looking at the preview what component uses what style. So If we could have a anotated preview that tells me what styles are applied to each component...

- also note that the login status and welcome message are not aligned correctly. welcome message style is missing vertical alignment center and the margin is 2 pixels off (then note that I'm a newbie in styles ;) )

Anyway, thanks, the styles help a lot, especially the cosmo one,
John.
6/30/2010 10:37 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Frank -- Any resolution on your problem? I am getting the exact same error.
6/30/2010 10:52 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Aww, downloaded everything again, reinstalled, added a new Silverlight Navigation with Cosmopolitan Theme to my project and looked under App.xaml.

The following was listed in the new App.xaml that wasn't in the old one:
<!--<ResourceDictionary Source="Assets/ToolkitStyles.xaml"/>
To extend this theme to include the toolkit controls:
1. Install the Silverlight Toolkit for Silverlight 4
2. Add a Toolkit control to your project from the toolbox. This will add references to toolkit assemblies.
3. Change the "Build Action" for ToolkitStyles.xaml to "Page"
4. Uncomment the resource dictionary include above.

If you do not intend to use toolkit controls, delete this comment and the ToolkitStyles.xaml file.-->

That outta fix my problem.
7/1/2010 10:45 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Hi,

I'm finding that the Cosmo Them is causing the CPU usage for iExplorer.exe to run very high after login, and this remains high until the page is closed.

With the standard theme, this doesn't happen.

Anyone else had this? The page is getting redrawn on every scan for some reason, as if the busyindicator is still redrawing in the background.

Cheers
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8/18/2010 12:01 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Tim,

For some reason after installing I only see navigation templates and no business application templates in project picker. Even the raw assets does not contain a logincontainer style or anything related to login. Any info on this? or do these templates not have login attached?

Thanks
10/12/2010 12:24 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Same error as Frank, only at design time:

Error 1 Object reference not set to an instance of an object. ...\Assets\ToolkitStyles.xaml
Error 2 An error occurred while finding the resource dictionary "Assets/ToolkitStyles.xaml"....
11/3/2010 5:24 PM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Hi Tim,

I've just installed the WCF RIA Services Beta SP1 for Silverlight 4 and VS2010 along with the October 2010 Toolkit.

Now the Business Application templates are no longer available in VS2010.

Thoughts?

Glyn.
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4/18/2011 12:47 AM | # re: Silverlight 4 Theme refresh including RIA Services templates
Hi Tim,

I really appreciate and like these themes (especially the Cosmopolitan theme, after a few little tweaks).

Unfortunately the Business Apps disappear out of VS 2010 after SP1 is installed.
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