PanelBar Discussion

2 posts, 1 answers
  1. Ben Hayat
    Ben Hayat avatar
    902 posts
    Member since:
    May 2008

    Posted 28 Jul 2008 Link to this post

    Don't take me wrong,  I love the speed of this thing, but would it be possible to give it a bit of animation when the panels open and close?

    I know this is not a problem with the product, but Blend can not show the inner levels of the panel. Do you think Bend would ever come up to par with other products, so we can design it visually?

    As I move from XAML to Design, I get tons of errors related to COM, but a quick build, clears all that. But keeps coming back... ;-)

    This control has the following effects [in Blend] on itself or it's parent container:
    a) If I set the background color of the panel or it's container (let's say a border) to a gradient, I loose the option of doing "Brush Transform" to the gradient.
    b) If I do right mouse, I loose the option "Group into"
    c) If I do right mouse, I loose the option "View XAML"

    However, If I create a border or rectangular that is has no relation to this component, I get those features back. I think loosing "Brush Transform" is no good.
  2. Answer
    Tihomir Petkov
    Tihomir Petkov avatar
    576 posts

    Posted 29 Jul 2008 Link to this post

    Hello Ben,

    Thank you for the keen interest in our controls and all your feedback! It's truly rewarding to know that people are excited by what we're working on here at Telerik!

    OK, now to the point:

    "would it be possible to give it a bit of animation"
    Currently there is a number of limitations in the framework that prevent us from adding nice custom animations to RadControls for Silverlight, but you can rest assured that we're working on that issue. You will see custom animations added to most of our controls in one of our next builds.

    "Blend can not show the inner levels of the panel"
    We are aware of this limitation and it will be resolved in our next build by displaying dummy items when an empty RadPanelBar is dragged on the design surface of Blend.

    "I get tons of errors related to COM"
    We investigated this problem and discovered that it is caused by Blend calling some core methods of the control in an incorrect sequence, thus triggering inner exceptions. However, this behavior affects only the design-time experience in Blend and does not occur when you run your application. The issue will be resolved in our next build.

    As for your last comment about the missing options when using gradient backgrounds - this must be caused by the COM errors you get. I tried to reproduce your case using an internal build of the control that contained a prototype of the solution of the COM errors and didn't see any options missing. So, I believe these issues will be resolved by the COM errors fix as well.

    Best regards,
    Tihomir Petkov
    the Telerik team

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