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Infragistics Ships WPF Tools

Component vendor Infragistics on Monday, April 23 released NetAdvantage for WPF 2007 Volume 1, a set of tools that take advantage of the capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the graphical subsystem built into the .NET Framework 3.0.

The new Infragistics tools include a data grid that uses WPF's UI virtualization technology, enabling it to handle thousands of records, according to Infragistics. Other tools blend core functionality with visual innovation. For example, a developer can create a UI that displays records in a carousel-like 3-D view instead of a tabular grid.

The release also includes 15 "ThemePacks," which let users unify their controls' look with one property setting. The themes include ones inspired by Windows XP, Windows Vista and Office 2007, as well as proprietary designs.

Product Manager Andrew Flick said the company introduced a number of improvements in the shipping version of the tools, based on user feedback to a beta released earlier this year. The beta was covered in the March issue of Redmond Developer News.

Infragistics particularly sought to boost the tools' performance, adding support for aggressive UI element caching and reuse, according to Flick. Other product improvements include better documentation and a number of flashy "showcase samples," Flick said.

One question is whether the .NET development community is taking to WPF as rapidly as vendors. The beta has been downloaded some 4,100 times, according to Infragistics. Flick said that number reflects "a pretty good mix" of users, from small shops to larger enterprises.

Pricing for the tools starts at $395.

About the Author

Chris Kanaracus is the news editor for Redmond Developer News.

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