SandRibbon is our implementation of the Office 2007 user interface, which is a compelling replacement for traditional menus and toolbars. Our product exposes most of the features of the new user interface through bespoke WPF elements and controls, styled and templated with a choice of color schemes. We fully comply with the Office 2007 UI guidelines, to bring you peace of mind when integrating the product into your own applications. Configuring and using the wealth of features offered is easy and intuitive using XAML.
Along with the user interface controls packaged in this suite we also offer other classes to help with integration, such as a recently-used documents manager and easy live preview support. Your users can have the flexibility to customize your application with a quick access toolbar and ribbon minimization. Resizable galleries can provide a strong visual link between buttons and formatting and appearance options, with a straightforward API for owner-drawing their contents. Dynamic adaptation of your window to user selections is simple with contextual tabs containing features only available on some objects. You can specify a rich variety of sizing options for each group of controls, and in this way your ribbon will always make the most efficient use of screen real estate possible.
Integration is made even easier with support for WPF commands. By linking SandRibbon buttons and menu items to existing commands, you can implement a dynamic, functional user interface with localized command text without writing a single line of code. Popups can contain galleries, color pickers, headings and other controls along with the more traditional menus. You can choose to use ribbon context popups instead of the stock WPF context menus, to take advantage of these tools.
Being fully vector-based, high DPI and WPF scaling are supported in all ribbon elements. If you use a vector icon package, your icons will scale too. You can choose to use our ribbon window rather than the WPF Window class, to instantly transform your application window into a themed, Aero Glass aware carbon copy of the Office 2007 windows. This can be used standalone or in combination with SandRibbon ribbon and status bar controls, which are automatically embedded into the window frame. Choosing the color scheme for your windows is easy, and you can choose from Blue, Silver, Black or System.
SandRibbon is a robust, production-ready toolkit that fully supports high DPI and native WPF scaling. Your users can be assured of accessibility with full keyboard access provided to all controls, including keyboard navigation with developer-defined quick access key hints and directional navigation in galleries and lists. Enhanced "super" tooltips give the user more information than their standard counterparts, including descriptive text and imagery. Full right-to-left support means you can deploy your application into any locale in the world and be assured your users will get the best experience possible.
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