QKit 0.4.1 Update


The past few updates for QKit has been about adding new and useful controls for that are essential to the Windows Phone UX. Today, I’m only pushing out a small update is mainly bug fixes but I still encourage updating to the latest one for the best experience. In this post, I’ll point out a couple notable fixes.

Previously, the JumpList picker items supported multiple themes such as Light, Dark, and high contrast but due to some limitations, those changes only took effect once the app restarted. This was not true for the rest of the JumpList control or the rest of any WPRT app. So, in this update, I’ve worked around the limitation and the JumpList controls should change its look according through any and all theme changes just like the native OS. Also, while I was in there, I noticed that the Light theme for the JumpList control wasn’t exactly right so I aligned the color so now it should be pretty difficult to tell it apart in any theme.

Also, I simplified the GenericJumpList picker items so it should perform a little better and animations should play a bit smoother. The main thing this fix accomplishes is that it will play the closing animation properly in WP8.1 Update 1. In Update 1, many animations no longer play if it’s too taxing. If you have a lot of groups in a GenericJumpList, the picker doesn’t play the closing animation and just disappears. With the simpler item containers, it now plays properly in most if not all cases.

Full change log:

-Changed EdgeSelectButton to derive from Button instead of ButtonBase.
-JumpList pickers now support theme changes during runtime. No need to restart app anymore.
-Improved Light theme colors to better match OS for JumpListPickers.
-Simplified GenericJumpList picker items for performance increases.
-Renamed incorrectly named JumpListItemBackgroundBrush to JumpListGroupHeaderBackgroundBrush and JumpListItemTextForegroundBrush to JumpListGroupHeaderTextForegroundBrush.


Ready to Use List Controls for WP8.1 WinRT


I’m excited to announce that I will be making available a class library I’ve been developing and using personally in my work. I will be maintaining this library and adding new controls and components as I deem them stable enough for others to use. For the first release, there will only be three controls geared towards lists presentation but I think it will be helpful to a lot of WP WinRT devs out there nonetheless.

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Making WP8.1 JumpLists Better (Updated)


Update: Want to get the JumpList experience the easy way? Check out my new controls and download them from nuget.

In a previous post, I outlined how to create a fully functioning JumpList in a WinRT WP app. I provided a helper class to do the heavy lifting of grouping and sorting as well as all of the styles and templates needed to get the correct UX so it can be consistent with the OS. While it works and looks great, it’s far from perfect. The JumpList doesn’t properly support globalization, it is unreadable when high contrast mode is enabled on the device, the performance is quite slow, and it doesn’t automatically support landscape orientation.

The good news is that I’ve fixed the high contrast theming and globalization issues. I’ve also managed improve the performance of the JumpList quite a bit. It’s not perfect and it still needs some work but I think it’s a good enough work around to release. The bad news is I still have no elegant solution for orientation changes without writing some code behind or an attached behavior. So let’s focus on the good news and get to fixing on what we can.

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