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Metropolis: a suite of controls for Windows Phone 7 from BeeMobile

A company called Bee Mobile has created a series of controls for Windows Phone 7, called Metropolis. I was searching for a Book control and this controls' suite has one, so it has been immediately impressive to me.

I have been playing with the trial, and I had a chance of taking a look at the available controls, which are the following:

  • BookControl
  • iWheel, which allows implementing rotations of objects and creating stuff like a date or time picker 
  • RegionControl
  • VistaButton
  • WaitingBar

It is worth mentioning that the setup also installs a sample solution to show how to use all controls, however here you find a number of figures about some of them:

RegionControl, which allows selecting specified areas over a content, in this case the human body representation:

WaitingBar, a nice replacement for the built-in progress bar:

A date picker built with the iWheel, to select dates:

This is my favorite, the BookControl, which allows browsing XAML visual elements as if they ware pages of a book:

All controls are easy to use. As an example, here is how you can populate a BookControl:

            <my1:BookControl Name="bookControl1" HandleSize="120" Margin="-12,0">
                <Canvas Width="362" Height="478">
                    <Canvas.Background>
                        <ImageBrush ImageSource="/MetropolisSample;component/Images/catStart.png" />
                    </Canvas.Background>
                </Canvas>
                <Canvas Width="362" Height="478">
                    <Canvas.Background>
                        <ImageBrush ImageSource="/MetropolisSample;component/Images/france.png" />
                    </Canvas.Background>
                </Canvas>
            </my1:BookControl>

As you can see the Canvas panels (and their visual tree) are the page contents.

I would definitely recommend this suite of controls because it is easy to use and has controls that you will not find elsewhere.

Alessandro

Print | posted on lunedì 19 dicembre 2011 16:46 | Filed Under [ Silverlight/Windows Phone ]

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