LightSwitch Cosmopolitan Shell and Theme

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A LightSwitch shell and theme with modern and clean UI, inspired by the Silverlight Cosmopolitan theme.

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2012
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11/5/2013
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by Ian Mac | September 12 2012

On the whole, this a great shell and theme, many thanks for your work. Notwithstanding all the comments re grid lines/no grid lines etc, there are one or two things that really ought to be standard.

For example, if I right-align text in a grid column (numerics usually), the grid column header text does not align right, leaving an ugly visual 'pairing' with the column text. It really does look totally unprofessional. Can something be done about this please?

Further, it was stated by the team that the source for this shell and theme would be made available. Why the hold-up? Surely the source IS available to ship? This was a wish from version 1.0 ( never fulfilled ), but acknowledged and promised for the latest version of LightSwitch.

Many developers are banking on this; the shell and theme as they stand are a good starting point but each developer no doubt has their own set of modifications they wish to make in order to satisfy their customers and many of us are not designers or have the time to develop themes.

Please either release the source code or inform us as to why you have not as yet done so as promised!

Many Thanks

by Jermanic | April 09 2012

Need auto-hide for the bottom toolbar just like in wp7. Anyways, this is the best theme so far.

by Spaso Lazarevic | March 20 2012

New version of LighSwitch needs new look such as this great shell and theme. Control on the bottom (Save and Refresh) are far away from other commands that are positioned on the top, but I don't know where I should place it. Looks very nice but need some improvements such as grid lines definitelly.
Excel button are almost unrecognizable.
Search text box in List and Detail Screens, when change size of the screen, loose magnifier and right vertical line.
All in all, I like it.

by Pat361960 | March 18 2012

Elegant. Great work.

by IbrahimYusuf | March 18 2012

I am getting the "The extension manifest is invalid" message when trying to install the extension.

by reachpoint | March 17 2012

To me everything looks great so far except one major issue.

In datagrid I use checkbox columns(readonly) with null, true, and false values. The new theme shows ticked sign for null value, as if null is treated as true. It should show dash for null value as before.

This issue/bug makes this theme unusuable for my application to my dismay, unless I could access the source code to fix the problem.

I wish there is a fixed version or source code available soon. Thanks anyway.

by bhuven | March 17 2012

Thank you, very clean and neat.
Grid lines a must.
Rows disappear when you click on row headers
Error when changing list colum size in list and details screen
else very cool
great change with displaying of error messages

by Marcelo111 | March 16 2012

Almost Perfect! My only suggestion would be to have the menu show up on mouseover and not only on mouseclick.

by Marden LR | March 16 2012

simply the best! ;)

by Uwe Helmut | March 16 2012

I greatly appreciate that you create different styles so that I have options for my customers. See my comments
- Branding:
It's very important for one of my customers, so it's great to have it now. Personally I would prefer if I could collapse this section like the toolbar before so that's only a small icon and the user is visible for screens with small resolution.
- Read only style for check boxes:
Readonly check boxes should be filled with grey color like before. Currently only a nearly invisible border is shown and at first I thought the check boxes are missing.
- Grid lines:
I can live with and without. Giving us the source of the theme with a small "how to" to make grid lines visible or invisible would be the best solution I think.
- Capital letters:
The same is true with grid headers in capital letters. I'm happy that you've changed the style from the Metro theme that not all Labels are in capital letters.
- Source of shell and theme:
The reason why it would be important to have the source is that sometimes customers would request a certain font for the UI and in addition they like the font height to be a bit bigger.

by Paul Van Bladel | March 16 2012

Congratulations with this new theme and shell.

by Card Two | March 16 2012

Hi, I downloaded the package and just clicked it. An error is prompted out... "The extension manifest is invalid". May I know how can I overcome it ? Thx:)

by Sinan_MCP | March 16 2012


Excellent interface design

Regarding grid lines i think many end users will want the see the grid lines,
it will be better if there is a property with grid to show the line or not.

by Jan Van der Haegen | March 16 2012

Clean and professionally looking Metro-makeover of my LightSwitch applications!
Great work guys, keep them coming!

by YannDuran | March 16 2012

There are some aspects of the shell/theme that I like, & others not so much (like having Refresh & Save buttons on the bottom, which in itself is not a bad idea, but any other added commands appear way over on the right-hand side of the app). The same for the grid commands (pushed over to the right, requiring a lot of mouse movement on a big monitor with a maximised screen). Missing grid lines/alternating row color, as Micheal mentioned is a big negative for me. And it looks like MS is going to Metro-fy everything, whether we like it or not. Of course having the option to switch back to the original is a good move (supplying both options in the box, rather than replacing one with the other).

by Jewel Lambert | March 16 2012

Best looking theme yet. Less cluttered and dated looking.

I can see how some folks may want grid lines, but I'd rather not have them personally... the whitespace looks more clean and modern to me.

by ADefwebserver | March 16 2012

Works great. My only comment is that I would like grid lines on the datagrids.

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  • VS 2013
    1 Posts | Last post March 14, 2014
    • Has anyone managed to use this theme in VS 2013?
      i can't install it. Wonder if there's a work around.
  • Last Button In Grid
    1 Posts | Last post March 23, 2013
    • Hello,
      how do I add the navigation button to go to the last page in the data grid? You only have the next and previous buttons.
      
      grateful
  • Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    1 Posts | Last post November 21, 2012
    • I can't save da ta nor update hothing... don't know what happens just a lot of work witih it and then this....
      
      the error is: 
      
      System.Windows.Data Error: BindingExpression path error: 'Title' property not found on 'Microsoft.LightSwitch.Cosmopolitan.Model.ShellModel' 'Microsoft.LightSwitch.Cosmopolitan.Model.ShellModel' (HashCode=59028125). BindingExpression: Path='Title' DataItem='Microsoft.LightSwitch.Cosmopolitan.Model.ShellModel' (HashCode=59028125); target element is 'Microsoft.LightSwitch.Runtime.Shell.Framework.ScreenChildWindow' (Name=''); target property is 'AutomationProperties.Name' (type 'System.String')..
      
      Have tried other solutions in web but none... please help....
  • Unable to install in VSLigthSwitch 2011
    1 Posts | Last post November 18, 2012
    • I am unable to install with VSLigthSwitch 2011, double-clicking the file results in a "The extension manifest is invalid" message.
  • Unable to Install MS VS Lightswitch 2011
    1 Posts | Last post October 15, 2012
    • Hi,
      
      I am trying to install this extension on Visual Studio 2011 Lightswitch version. Kindly can someone guide me?
  • Irritants
    1 Posts | Last post September 12, 2012
    • Hi Team,
      
      On the whole, this a great shell and theme, many thanks for your work. Notwithstanding all the comments re grid lines/no grid lines etc, there are one or two things that really ought to be standard.
      
      For example, if I right-align text in a grid column (numerics usually), the grid column header text does not align right, leaving an ugly visual 'pairing' with the column text. It really does look totally unprofessional. Can something be done about this please?
      
      Further, it was stated by the team that the source for this shell and theme would be made available. Why the hold-up? Surely the source IS available to ship? This was a wish from version 1.0 ( never fulfilled ), but acknowledged and promised for the latest version of LightSwitch.
      
      Many developers are banking on this; the shell and theme as they stand are a good starting point but each developer no doubt has their own set of modifications they wish to make in order to satisfy their customers and many of us are not designers or have the time to develop themes.
      
      Please either release the source code or inform us as to why you have not as yet done so as promised!
      
      Many Thanks
  • Command Bar
    1 Posts | Last post September 11, 2012
    • Hi,
      For the most part I really like this shell and theme, appart from one thing... I do not want the command bar at the bottom. 
      Personally I dont mind, but all of my users are now used to the command bar at the top from the old theme and this also ties in with most othere applications, e.g. offcie, outlook, cad/cam software. And my users are going to the top of the creen looking for buttons! I have tried the metro theme from the gallery which enables you to switch the command to the top or bottom at runtime. This would be great for me as the users could set it up how they want it... Failing that I would like to be able to manually change the position of the command bar back to the top and re publish my application. Is this possible?
  • Commands not being handled very well.
    1 Posts | Last post April 03, 2012
    • In v1.0, commands are not being handled very well (see Marden LR's comments as well).
      I opened a bug for this (https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/735154/lightswitch-cosmopolitan-shell-theme-not-handling-commands-well).
      Eventually, I'd like to get this sample (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/silverlight/NavigationDemo-having-some-f2629c9c) to work. It runs fine in VS2011beta, but not with this shell & theme.  I have real LS applications running, and would like to apply this shell & theme to give them a metro-makeover, but these issues are currently holding me back.
  • Save and update does not disable when I edit registry
    1 Posts | Last post March 26, 2012
    • When we click edit registry the buttons save and update are not disabled
  • Overriding the code of the buttons problem
    2 Posts | Last post March 23, 2012
    • when overriding the code of the buttons to add, change or delete the icons standards. disappear. leaving in place the old icons.
    • Thanks for letting us know! We've notified the team about this issue. 
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