It's Thursday, and besides being a snowy day in the northeast to look forward to we've got your next installment of XAMLflix ready to rock and roll. Today I'll be showcasing RadRibbonView, our revamped Ribbon control that allows you to add an OfficeUI look and feel to your application.

For a quick recap, XAMLflix = Videos + Projects covering all of the controls in both the RadControls for Silverlight and RadControls for WPF control suites. We are revamping the entire video library with fresh new content based on the latest and greatest versions of our controls, complete with projects so you can grab the same code you see in the video and run with it.

RadRibbonView - Making LOB Menus Easy Again

RadRibbonView offers a great way to add boatloads of functionality to your Office-y applications with very little effort. This newly revamped control features some great enhancements like better MVVM support, designer widgets, an Office 2010 Backstage view, and all around better performance and functionality than our previous RibbonBar. But why keep typing when I can point you towards the videos?

  • Getting Started with RadRibbonView - In this video we'll walk you through getting started with the RadRibbonView control. This includes adding it to your project, working with the designer widgets to add some tabs, groups, and buttons, and last but not least customizing these a bit to add some functionality to your application. (Download the project!)
  • Using an Icon ViewModel - Just plain buttons don't really add all the visual flair to an application that we would like, sometimes we want some images to drive the point home. But adding icons to each and every button, complete with icon paths, can be a daunting task. In this video I'll highlight the benefits of using an icon viewmodel and how quickly you can add one to your application. (Download the project!)
  • Understanding Contextual Tabs - Once you've got a basic RibbonView setup with icons, one of the next things you'll likely want to use are Contextual Tabs. These allow you to have context-specific menu items that only show up when you need them to, keeping your UI cleaner and more driven towards the functionality you require in your application. (Download the project!)
  • Using Backstage View - Have a RibbonView, tabs, some contextual magic, and want to further enhance your Ribbon experience? Take advantage of the Office 2010-like Backstage view to add enhanced functionality to your application, all without touching the regular UI that you have laid out. This is a great option that provides enhanced capabilities like those found in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. (Download the project!)

As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities for what you can do with RadRibbonView. And this is only one control from the RadControls for Silverlight and WPF, so be sure to tune in to the XAMLflix page to catch up on past and future episodes.

Stay tuned for more from XAMLflix next Thursday!

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About the Author

Evan Hutnick

works as a Developer Evangelist for Telerik specializing in Silverlight and WPF in addition to being a Microsoft MVP for Silverlight. After years as a development enthusiast in .Net technologies, he has been able to excel in XAML development helping to provide samples and expertise in these cutting edge technologies. You can find him on Twitter @EvanHutnick.


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