Visually Located


Fixing the AppBarButtonStyle for ToggleButton support in your Win8 apps

With the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 the Visual Studio team made some improvements to the various AppBar button styles. One of these awesome improvements was to add support for ToggleButtons. Now you can use any of these out-of-the-box styles with Buttons AND ToggleButtons. This is pretty awesome… Except for the fact that the style is missing a required TextBlock. This TextBlock toggles the color of the button. Without it you do not get a visual indication that the ToggleButton is checked. Even worse, is that the application crashes when the ToggleButton is checked. To fix this, open the StandardStyles.xaml file and go to the AppBarButtonStyle. Insert the following line directly under the “BackgroundGlyph” TextBlock <TextBlock x:Name="BackgroundCheckedGlyph" Visibility="Collapsed" Text="&#xE0A8;" FontFamily="Segoe UI Symbol" FontSize="53.333" Margin="-4,-19,0,0" Foreground="{StaticResource AppBarItemForegroundThemeBrush}"/> After inserting that line, th... [More]

Changing the background color of your pivot headers

Let’s say you’re trying to put some style into your app and you really want a nice background color to all of your PivotItem titles. How would you go about doing this? You’re probably thinking “Shawn, that’s easy, just modify the HeaderTemplate on the Pivot.” And I would probably agree with you. Let’s try that out. <controls:Pivot Title="MY APPLICATION"> <controls:Pivot.HeaderTemplate> <DataTemplate> <Grid Background="Red"> <TextBlock Text="{Binding}"/> </Grid> </DataTemplate> </controls:Pivot.HeaderTemplate> <!--Pivot item one--> <controls:PivotItem Header="item1"/>   <!--Pivot item two--> <controls:PivotItem Header="item2"/> </controls:Pivot> Looking at the design view of this gives We ... [More]

Creating a Custom MessageBox for Windows Phone Applications

UPDATE: See a new post to get the latest code for the custom MessageBox. UPDATE: After posting this blog I found out about the message box within the XNA framework. This does allow for custom button text which is what I was trying to accomplish. However, the user experience is different than what you get from the message boxes within the native phone applications (eg: deleting a text). With the native message boxes, the application bar disappears, but with the XNA message box, it gets greyed out. It’s the little things that matter. Also within the XNA framework you cannot add additional components to the message box. For example, you might want to add a “Do not show me this again” option within the message box. While using a Windows Phone you get prompted every once in awhile by a message box. Custom Applications have them, even apps native to the phone has them. When deleting a text message or a contact you get a nice prompt asking you if you want to delete ... [More]