When you start a WinRT project, you will face a daunting list of UI requirements set forth by the Windows team. These requirements manifest themselves in tedious tasks: For instance, a simple data entry application with labels and text boxes will require lots of work...You’ll need to repeatedly position a textbox and textblock within various panels then specify appropriate margins and intervals. Of course, that's just the beginning of the headaches. Standard controls do not handle device orientation, which only means more mundane work for you and perhaps more important, critical UI elements such as tabs or expandable containers are simply unavailable.

DevExpress Windows 8 Layout Controls addresses these issues head-on and allows you to focus on business logic from day one.
Content Layout Containers: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
Content Layout Containers

DevExpress Windows 8 XAML Controls include the following content layout containers (titled containers for content):

  • Group Container
    Provides a header for content.
  • Expand Container
    Expands and collapses content via an expand button.

Item Layout Containers: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
Item Layout Containers

Item layout containers combine controls into pages with headers displayed at the top. The following containers are available:

  • Tabbed Container
    Allows you to select a single page at a time.
  • Pivot Container
    Provides cyclical page navigation (supports content sliding using touch).
  • Panorama Container
    Provides side-by-side page navigation (supports content sliding using touch).

Layout Items: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
Layout Items

Layout Items include the following productivity features:

  • Header for content.
  • Adaptive padding/spacing for items and groups allowing you to build Windows 8 applications consistent with Microsoft’s UI guidelines.
  • Pixel-perfect layout of an individual control.
  • Visual highlighting of focused items.
  • Accenting of required editors.
  • Headers can be positioned at the left or above the editor.
  • Keyboard focus can be automatically propagated to the editor when item is tapped.

Layout Groups: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
Layout Groups

Layout Groups include the following productivity features:

  • Vertical and horizontal orientation of items.
  • Automatic alignment of item headers.
  • Auto-sizing and proportional stretching of items.
  • Expansion and collapse.

Windows 8 Device Orientation: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
Windows 8 Device Orientation

Layout Control Items and Groups provide an easy way to adapt an application’s layout to Windows 8 device rotation states:

  • Items can automatically rotate headers to the top when an application is in Snapped mode.
  • Groups can automatically change orientation when an application is in Snapped mode.
  • Groups can conditionally change orientation when an application is in Portrait or Landscape mode.

The LayoutAwareDecorator provides additional control over Application View State by changing and adapting the layout conditionally. You can hide certain UI elements and show others based upon Portrait/Landscape/Snapped state.

MVVM and Auto Generated UI: DevExpres Windows 8 XAML Layout Controls
MVVM and Auto Generated UI

The Windows 8 Layout Control allows you to build a layout using the MVVM design pattern, by populating layout groups with items from View Models.

By using information about available object properties, its types and applied data annotations, the DataLayoutControl automatically generates a user interface (full set of necessary Items/Groups/Editors) based on the object assigned to its CurrentItem property.

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The 30 controls and libraries that make up the DevExpress Windows 8 XAML Subscription have been engineered to address the UI, analytics and reporting requirements for a broad range of solutions targeting Windows® and the Web. If you are a Windows 8 XAML developer and are ready to experience the DevExpress difference, download your free trial today or explore the individual controls that ship as part of this subscription below.
Exceptional performance within the touch-first Windows 8 environment.
Comprehensive Collection of Charts.
PDF Viewer with multiple view types, printing and touch functionality.
A collection of circular and linear gauges.
Different map types and amazing interactivity.
Spark, Date and Cartesian Chart Range Selectors.
Integrate 1D and 2D barcodes into your Windows 8 business solutions.
Month, Year, Decade and Century views.
Tile Control, SlideView, PageView and more.
Automatically arranges controls using Windows UI Guidelines.
Unmatched data editing options.

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