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What Is It?
Callisto is a library for use in Windows Store XAML applications (aka Metro style apps). The XAML framework in Windows.UI.Xaml is great, but has some functionality that isn't provided in-the-box in a few controls and APIs. Callisto provides added functionality on top of the XAML UI framework for Windows.
What's In It?
So far Callisto includes:
Rating- a ratings control for Metro UI
LiveTile- an in-app tile experience to give you animated or 'live' tiles
Tilt- an effect to provide the tilt experience when clicked on edges/corners
- OAuth helpers - a set of helpers to create OAuth 1.0 signatures/headers for those sites that hate OAuth 2.0 :-)
BooleanToVisibilityConverter- a converter to well, convert boolean to visibility, very common use
LengthToBooleanConverter- a converter to examine a string length to convert to boolean (simple validation helper)
RelativeTimeConverter- a converter to show time as relative string, i.e., 'about an hour ago'
- Extensions - some extension method helpers (i.e., bind html content to a WebView)
What is in the plan (could always use the help):
TimePicker- providing a globalized time/date picker control in Metro style
Ratings- providing a rating control for Metro style
Pivot- a UI interface for providing "tabbed" interface in a Metro style way
Note the following have been deprecated in the most recent release as Windows 8.1 introduces proper controls for these:
Flyout- a primitive that includes positioning and 'light dismiss' logic
Menu- primarily to be used from AppBar, contains the base for providing, well, a Menu
MenuItem- an item for a menu, including separators and contains the command point for the menu item
SettingsFlyout- an item to create a custom settings pane UI
How To Install It?
There are two ways you can install the control.
Visual Studio Extension SDK
Install as an Extension SDK via the Visual Studio Gallery - available within VS as well as downloading from the gallery directly
How To Use It?
Controls are individually documented with examples for usage on the Wiki Documentation.
I found an Issue
Great, please log a bug so that it can be tracked.
Credits and Acknowledgements
- Tim Heuer (@timheuer) - for the initial conception of the toolkit.
- Morten Nielsen (@dotMorten) - core contributor
- Unni Ravindranathan (@unnir) - For all the great guidance and always pushing for better designer integration!
- Moon logo from The Noun Project which is a great source for Metro style iconography
Open Source Project Credits
Some of the code represented in the toolkit is forks/ports of other Open Source libraries. Where used, their license is reprsented in the code files.
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Callisto README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.