Vishful thinking…

Extreme makeover – ESRI Silverlight API edition

Posted in ESRI, Silverlight by viswaug on March 31, 2009

One of the good things about the custom controls in Silverlight is the fact they can be styled any way seen fit by designers without any intervention by developers at all. This gives developers a really good clean way of working with designers simultaneously. All the designer needs to be aware of are the template parts that make up the custom control and they can be on their way to designing it and animating for the various states defined in the custom Silverlight control and provide animations for transitions between states. The documentation for the ESRI Silverlight API Navigation widget template part is not there yet but that shouldn’t necessarily hold you back. Microsoft Expression Blend will get you on your way styling it any way you like. The default look of the navigation widget didn’t get us too excited about it. So, we had our designer re-work the looks of it and here are the before and after pictures.

nav_old downarrow-thumb nav_new

Before

After

I am excited to see what others will start doing with it.

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  1. Augustus said, on March 31, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Your designer did a good job. I like the finger pointing. One thing to worry about is that the colors (deep blue) don’t distract from the map content.


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