The upcoming release of Xceed Professional Themes for WPF will be our biggest update to the product since it was released last year. The latest incarnation of Xceed DataGrid for WPF brought a Windows 7 inspired theme as well as the Live Explorer theme to the table. Both these themes will now be available in the next version of Xceed Professional Themes for WPF.
So let's talk about the Live Explorer theme. When we first created our Xceed DataGrid for WPF Live Explorer we wanted to have a branded theme that would demonstrate how much of our product you could "re-style". At the time we didn't offer it as an available theme since we thought it would be too specific to our application. Boy, did we guess wrong on that one! Many of you responded very well to the theme and some of you were furious at us for not making it available. We heard you! Here's what it's going to look like :
The Live Explorer theme was crafted so you can easily add it to your window and instantly get the look we are using in our own Live Explorer. It is perfect for applications that require a "darker" environment with a hint of color to keep it visually pleasing. Keep in mind that the video displays a work-in-progress version of the theme but very little should change visually when it is released. We also decided to expose an additional style for the toolbar to make it orange instead of gray.
The second theme we added is a Windows 7 inspired theme. Windows 7 creates a very colorful and exciting environment and we wanted to capture this and bring it to our products. We tried to bring a more extravagant experience with this theme and hopefully it will allow you to build a fun application around it.
Both these themes are available in Xceed DataGrid for WPF and the upcoming version of Xceed Professional Themes for WPF. Another version of Xceed Professional Themes for WPF will provide styles for Microsoft's datagrid and calendar controls should come out shortly after.
If you have any questions about the product, feel free to contact us!