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Todd Anglin
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Todd Anglin asked on 06 Aug 2008, 09:20 PM
It appears that RadCube does not respect "normal" layout rules on an UserControl. Specifically, when I put a RadCube in a Grid and set the Grid.Column and Grid.Row DPs, the Cube does appear is anywhere nearly correct on the page.

If you use Blend, you can see that the object "thinks" it's in the right Grid cell, but the Cube itself renders outside of the cell. Is there a way to "force" the RadCube to fit-in to normal page layout or does it always render absolutely on the page?

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Valentin.Stoychev
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answered on 07 Aug 2008, 01:10 PM
Hello Todd Anglin,

The Cube is using Canvas elements to render - that's why it behaves differently - we will look for an improvement of this behavior for the next version.

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dsoltesz
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answered on 17 Dec 2008, 05:11 PM
Was a fix ever put in for this?
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Paul
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answered on 17 Aug 2009, 06:41 PM
Hello,

Using the beta bits from late July 2009 and I still see the radCube is rendering incorrectly in design time.  Is radCube going to be given design-time updates soon?

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Paul from Minneapolis
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Valentin.Stoychev
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answered on 18 Aug 2009, 05:51 AM
Hello Paul,

Can you elaborate a little bit more on what will be satisfactory for you to see as a design time experience from the RadCube component. Do you expect to see the cube rotating in the design time, or just to see the selected side displayed?

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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answered on 18 Aug 2009, 03:05 PM
During design time, I think optimally the cube should just render the selected side.  Being able to set the selected side property and see the transition and rendering of the new side would be optimal.

From a run-time business application perspective:
  • I think the cube's value is more about being able to reuse screen space via multiple screens and being able to control (from code) which one is currently displayed.  The spinning 3D cube is a cool demo but many clients don't think it's practical.
  • The animated transitions from side to side are important as well.
  • Providing the ability at run-time to show one or more sides with perspective is valuable in RIA business applications that are trying to maximize screen real estate.  Would it be possible to show the selected side with 3D perspective (and smaller control height/width footprint).  This achieves reduced screen space yet the user can continue to reference the content on the side.
  • Limiting the sides to six just because its a cube, limits the control.  Provide a collection of a side objects, each with corresponding properties (index, Name, BackgroundBrush, etc).  Also, provide a collection of custom transition definitions from side to side to allow different transitions depending on the side navigated to.  Both these could be implemented similar to the Grid's row/column definitions in a xaml block right after the radCube definition.  If a definition is not explicitly defined in the xaml, default the values.
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Valentin.Stoychev
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answered on 20 Aug 2009, 08:02 AM
Hi Paul,

These are exaclty our plans about the Cube. We plan to add a "Cube-like" transition with unlimited items support. I can't commit that this transition will be available with our Q3 release but we will try to implement it.

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