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XAML Storyboard.IsPlaying Attached Property

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By Fons Sonnemans, 24-2-2017

XAML is very powerful. I have blogged about behaviors a lot. They are great but also have limitations. You can only drag them on Controls, not on Storyboards. To "fix" this I came up with a solution using Attached Properties. The designer support isn't as good with Behaviors but who needs that if we have IntelliSense.

IsPlaying Attached Property

I have created a StoryboardServices class which contains the IsPlaying attached property of the type boolean. In the OnIsPlayingChanged() method I Begin() or Resume() the Storyboard if it is set to True, I Pause() it when it is set to False.

using System;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Media.Animation;

namespace AnimationDemo {
    public class StoryboardServices {

        #region IsPlaying Attached Property

        /// <summary> 
        /// Identifies the IsPlaying attachted property. This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...
        /// </summary>
        public static readonly DependencyProperty IsPlayingProperty =
            DependencyProperty.RegisterAttached("IsPlaying",
                typeof(bool),
                typeof(StoryboardServices),
                new PropertyMetadata(false, OnIsPlayingChanged));

        /// <summary>
        /// IsPlaying changed handler. 
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="d">FrameworkElement that changed its IsPlaying attached property.</param>
        /// <param name="e">DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs with the new and old value.</param> 
        private static void OnIsPlayingChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) {
            var source = d as Storyboard;
            if (source != null) {
                var value = (bool)e.NewValue;
                if (value) {
                    if (source.GetCurrentState() == ClockState.Stopped) {
                        source.Begin();
                    } else {
                        source.Resume();
                    }
                } else {
                    source.Pause();
                }
            }
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Gets the value of the IsPlaying attached property from the specified FrameworkElement.
        /// </summary>
        public static bool GetIsPlaying(DependencyObject obj) {
            return (bool)obj.GetValue(IsPlayingProperty);
        }


        /// <summary>
        /// Sets the value of the IsPlaying attached property to the specified FrameworkElement.
        /// </summary>
        /// <param name="obj">The object on which to set the IsPlaying attached property.</param>
        /// <param name="value">The property value to set.</param>
        public static void SetIsPlaying(DependencyObject obj, bool value) {
            obj.SetValue(IsPlayingProperty, value);
        }

        #endregion IsPlaying Attached Property

    }
}

Example

In this example I have a Storyboard1 which plays when the checkbox on the page is checked. I databound the IsPlaying attached property to the IsChecked property of the checkbox (see line 10). The animation is really simple but you get the idea.

<Page x:Class="AnimationDemo.MainPage"
      xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:AnimationDemo"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      mc:Ignorable="d">
    <Page.Resources>
        <Storyboard x:Name="Storyboard1"
             local:StoryboardServices.IsPlaying="{Binding IsChecked, ElementName=checkBoxIsAnimated, Mode=OneWay}"
             RepeatBehavior="Forever">
            <ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames
                    Storyboard.TargetProperty="(Border.Background).(SolidColorBrush.Color)"
                   Storyboard.TargetName="myBorder">
                <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:1"
                                     Value="Blue" />
                <EasingColorKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:2"
                                     Value="Red" />
            </ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
        </Storyboard>
    </Page.Resources>

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="2*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1*" />
        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>

        <CheckBox x:Name="checkBoxIsAnimated"
                  Content="Animate"
                  IsChecked="True"
                  VerticalAlignment="Top"
                  HorizontalAlignment="Center"
                  Grid.Column="1" />

        <Border x:Name="myBorder"
                Height="100"
                Grid.Column="1"
                Background="Red" />
    </Grid>
</Page>

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

XAML ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior

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By Fons Sonnemans, 12-1-2017

I love C#, XAML and Blend. It is very powerful and lets me create powerful solutions. As a example of it's power I will demonstrate my ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior. It will let you scroll to a selected item into view of a ListView or GridView without having to write any code.

Demo

The following video (GIF) shows you how you can use it to scroll to the selected product into view of a ListView. This can be done animated or instant.

ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior Demo

My Solution

My solution is a Behavior which you can apply on any ListView or GridView using Blend for Visual Studio. I have included the Microsoft.Xaml.Behaviors.Uwp.Managed NuGet package to the project. The ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior class derives from the Behavior<T> class (from the NuGet package) in which T is a ListViewBase. This allows me to use (drop) the behavior on a ListView or GridView. In the OnAttached() and OnDetached() methods I subscribe/unsubscribe to the SelectionChanged event of the AssociatedObject, the ListView or GridView. In the AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged() method the AssociatedObject scrolls to the selected item. For the scrolling I use some code (extension methods) I found on StackOverflow which does the hard work. I only changed some naming of the methods to follow my own code conventions.

public class ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior : Behavior<ListViewBase> {

    protected override void OnAttached() {
        AssociatedObject.SelectionChanged += AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged;
        base.OnAttached();
    }
    protected override void OnDetaching() {
        AssociatedObject.SelectionChanged -= AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged;
        base.OnDetaching();
    }

    private async void AssociatedObject_SelectionChanged(object sender, 
                                                    SelectionChangedEventArgs e) {
        var item = e.AddedItems.FirstOrDefault();
        if (item != null) {
            if (IsScrollAnimated) {
                await this.AssociatedObject.ScrollToItemAsync(item);
            } else {
                await this.AssociatedObject.ScrollIntoViewAsync(item);
            }
        }
    }

    /// <summary> 
    /// Get or Sets the IsScrollAnimated dependency property.  
    /// </summary> 
    public bool IsScrollAnimated {
        get { return (bool)GetValue(IsScrollAnimatedProperty); }
        set { SetValue(IsScrollAnimatedProperty, value); }
    }

    /// <summary> 
    /// Identifies the IsScrollAnimated dependency property. 
    /// This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...
    /// </summary> 
    public static readonly DependencyProperty IsScrollAnimatedProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(IsScrollAnimated),
                            typeof(bool),
                            typeof(ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior),
                            new PropertyMetadata(true));
}

 

Using the Behavior

My sample project also contains some SampleData (products) which I used to populate a ListView. I have dragged the ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior from the Assets panel and dropped it on the ListView. The behavior also contains an IsScrollAnimated dependency property. The ToggleSwitch is databound to this property.

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:App47"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      xmlns:Interactivity="using:Microsoft.Xaml.Interactivity"
      xmlns:Behaviors="using:App47.Behaviors"
      x:Class="App47.MainPage"
      mc:Ignorable="d">

    <Page.Resources>
        <DataTemplate x:Key="ProductTemplate">
            <Grid Height="80"
                  Margin="0,4">
                <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
                <Image Source="{Binding ImageUrl}"
                       Height="80"
                       Width="80" />
                <StackPanel Grid.Column="1"
                            Margin="8,0,0,0">
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}"
                               Style="{StaticResource TitleTextBlockStyle}" />
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Price}"
                               Style="{StaticResource CaptionTextBlockStyle}"
                               TextWrapping="NoWrap" />
                </StackPanel>
            </Grid>
        </DataTemplate>
    </Page.Resources>

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}"
          DataContext="{Binding Source={StaticResource SampleDataSource}}">
        <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="380*" />
            <ColumnDefinition Width="1541*" />
        </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>
        <StackPanel>
            <Button Content="First"
                    Click="ButtonFirst_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <Button Content="Middle"
                    Click="ButtonMiddle_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <Button Content="Last"
                    Click="ButtonLast_Click"
                    HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                    VerticalAlignment="Stretch"
                    Margin="4" />
            <ToggleSwitch Header="IsAnimated"
                          Margin="4"
                          IsOn="{x:Bind myBehavior.IsScrollAnimated, Mode=TwoWay}" />
        </StackPanel>
        <ListView x:Name="listViewProducts"
                  Grid.Column="1"
                  ItemTemplate="{StaticResource ProductTemplate}"
                  ItemsSource="{Binding Products}">
            <Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
                <Behaviors:ScrollSelectedItemIntoViewBehavior x:Name="myBehavior" />
            </Interactivity:Interaction.Behaviors>
        </ListView>
    </Grid>
</Page>

The buttons click eventhandlers only set the SelectedIndex of the ListView. An MVVM solution in which the SelectedIndex is databound to a property of a model would also work.

public sealed partial class MainPage : Page {

    public MainPage() {
        this.InitializeComponent();
    }

    private void ButtonFirst_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = 0;
    }

    private void ButtonMiddle_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = (listViewProducts.Items.Count - 1) / 2;
    }

    private void ButtonLast_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
        listViewProducts.SelectedIndex = listViewProducts.Items.Count - 1;

    }
}

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

XAML CalculatorBehavior

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By Fons Sonnemans, 1-12-2016

I have been using Adobe software recently and I noticed you could do simple calculations in textboxes. I used it to export Tile Images in different scale sizes. If the 100% scale of an Image is 150 pixels wide you can enter '150 * 1.5'. It will calculate the width of 225 pixels for the 150% scale size. I loved this feature so I tried to implement it also for my own Xaml apps.

The solution is quite simple. I have created a Behavior called CalculatorBehavior. You just use Blend for Visual Studio to drop it on a TextBox control and you are done.

Demo App

The following video shows you how you can use it to do simpel calculations in a TextBox using the CalculatorBehavior.

CalculatorBehavior Demo

My Solution

My Visual Studio solution contains 3 projects: Windows 10 (UWP), Windows 8.1 and WPF. The WPF project has a NuGet reference to Math Expression Evaluator. This project contains the ExpressionEvaluator class which I use for my calculations. There is no WinRT, PCL (Portable Class Library) or .NET Standard implementation for this project which makes it unusable for my Windows (8.1 and 10/UWP) projects. Luckily the project is Open Sources so I added the ExpressionEvaluator class to these projects.

The Windows 10 project uses the XamlBehaviors project using the NuGet package. The Windows 8.1 project uses the 'Behaviors SDK' but that doesn't include a Behavior<T> class. So i added my own implementation for it in my project. The WPF project has a reference to the 'System.Windows.Interactivity' assembly.

CalculatorBehavior

The CalculatorBehavior code is very simple. The class derives from Behavior<TextBox> which makes it droppable on a TextBox. The LostFocus event of the TextBox will trigger the calculation for which I use the ExpressionEvaluator.

using Microsoft.Xaml.Interactivity;
using SimpleExpressionEvaluator;
using Windows.UI.Xaml;
using Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls;

namespace CalculatorUwpDemoApp.Behaviors {

    class CalculatorBehavior : Behavior<TextBox> {

        private static readonly ExpressionEvaluator _evaluator = 
            new ExpressionEvaluator();

        protected override void OnAttached() {
            base.OnAttached();
            this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus += Evaluate;
        }

        protected override void OnDetaching() {
            base.OnDetaching();
            this.AssociatedObject.LostFocus -= Evaluate;
        }

        private void Evaluate(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
            try {
                string txt = this.AssociatedObject.Text;
                if (!string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(txt)) {
                    var result = _evaluator.Evaluate(txt);
                    this.AssociatedObject.Text = result.ToString();
                }
            } catch { }
        }
    }
}

Blend for Visual Studio

Adding the CalculatorBehavior to a TextBox is very easy in Blend for Visual Studio. Select the behavior from the Assets panel and Drag&Drop it on a TextBox. That's all.

Blend Screenshot

The code

I have published my code on GitHub. I hope you like it.

Fons

Windows 10 XAML Tips: AnimatedTextBlock

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By Fons Sonnemans, 21-3-2016

For one of my Windows games I created an AnimatedTextBlock control which animates the Text when it changes. This attracks the user attention. In this blog I will explain how I implemented it. The following animated GIF show's you this AnimtatedTextBlock in my sample app. Everytime you tap the button the text is changed from 'Hello' to 'World' and back.

AnimatedTextBlock

The AnimatedTextBlock is an UserControl which contains a TextBlock and a Storyboard. The Storyboard contains a PlaneProjection.RotationX animation which rotates the TextBlock and a TextBlock.Text animation which sets the Text. The Font properties of the TextBlock like FontSize and FontFamily are inherited from the UserControl.

<UserControl x:Class="App91.Views.Controls.AnimatedTextBlock"
             xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
             xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
             mc:Ignorable="d"
             d:DesignHeight="22.667"
             d:DesignWidth="400">
    <UserControl.Resources>
        <Storyboard x:Name="Storyboard1">
            <DoubleAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(PlaneProjection.RotationX)"
                                           Storyboard.TargetName="textBlockProjection">
                <EasingDoubleKeyFrame KeyTime="0"
                                      Value="0" />
                <EasingDoubleKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:0.2"
                                      Value="90" />
                <EasingDoubleKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:0.4"
                                      Value="0" />
            </DoubleAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
            <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetProperty="(TextBlock.Text)"
                                           Storyboard.TargetName="innerTextBlock">
                <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0:0:0.2"
                                        x:Name="textFrame" />
            </ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames>
        </Storyboard>
    </UserControl.Resources>
    <TextBlock x:Name="innerTextBlock"
               TextWrapping="{x:Bind TextWrapping, Mode=OneWay}"
               RenderTransformOrigin="0.5,0.5">
        <TextBlock.Projection>
            <PlaneProjection RotationX="0"
                             x:Name="textBlockProjection" />
        </TextBlock.Projection>
    </TextBlock>
</UserControl>

In the code behind of the UserControl there is a Text dependency property which will allow Styling and DataBinding of this property. The OnTextPropertyChanged method is automatically called when the value of this property changes. In this method the value of the Text animation is set to the new value and the Storyboard is started. The class also contains a TextWrapping dependency property which is used in the XAML code to databind the TextBlock TextWrapping property to using compiled binding. For my solution I only needed this TextWrapping property but you might have to add extra properties like TextAlignment or TextLineBounds.

public sealed partial class AnimatedTextBlock : UserControl {

    public AnimatedTextBlock() {
        this.InitializeComponent();
    }

    public string Text {
        get { return (string)GetValue(TextProperty); }
        set { SetValue(TextProperty, value); }
    }

    public static readonly DependencyProperty TextProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(Text), typeof(string),
            typeof(AnimatedTextBlock),
            new PropertyMetadata(null, OnTextPropertyChanged));

    private static void OnTextPropertyChanged(DependencyObject d,
                            DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) {
        var source = d as AnimatedTextBlock;
        if (source != null) {
            var value = (string)e.NewValue;
            if (e.OldValue != null) {
                source.textFrame.Value = value;
                source.Storyboard1.Begin();
            } else {
                source.innerTextBlock.Text = value;
            }
        }
    }

    public TextWrapping TextWrapping {
        get { return (TextWrapping)GetValue(TextWrappingProperty); }
        set { SetValue(TextWrappingProperty, value); }
    }

    public static readonly DependencyProperty TextWrappingProperty =
        DependencyProperty.Register(nameof(TextWrapping), typeof(TextWrapping),
            typeof(AnimatedTextBlock), new PropertyMetadata(TextWrapping.NoWrap));

}

Sample page

In my sample page I have added a Button and an AnimatedTextBlock control to the root Grid of the Page. The AnimatedTextBlock is named 'atb1' so i can be used in the code behind of the page.

<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
      xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
      xmlns:local="using:App91"
      xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008"
      xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
      xmlns:Controls="using:App91.Views.Controls"
      x:Class="App91.MainPage"
      mc:Ignorable="d">

    <Grid Background="{ThemeResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}">
        
        <Button Content="Button"
                HorizontalAlignment="Stretch"
                Height="63"
                Margin="55,64,81,0"
                VerticalAlignment="Top"
                Click="Button_Click" />

        <Controls:AnimatedTextBlock x:Name="atb1"
                                    Margin="32,173,58,0"
                                    VerticalAlignment="Top"
                                    Text="Hello"
                                    Foreground="Red"
                                    TextWrapping="Wrap"
                                    FontSize="48" />

    </Grid>
</Page>

The Button has a Click event which toggles the Text of the AnimatedTextBlock Text from Hello to World.

private bool _showHello;

private void Button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
    atb1.Text = _showHello ? "Hello" : "World";
    _showHello = !_showHello;
}

Closure and download

I hope you can use this blog for your own Windows 10 apps. You can download the sample project below.

Cheers,

Fons

Tags: XAML, UWP, Windows 10

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